In 2001, a group of leaders from our community did something typically Houston – they dared to dream big and then acted on an idea. They built a brand new campus for a future high school that didn’t yet have a single student enrolled. So, after joining with the existing I. Weiner Middle School, which had been wonderful for a long time – just not so close to the 610 Loop! – the newly-conceived, recently-constructed, and freshly-relocated Emery/Weiner began charting its own unique course.
What kind of school is Emery/Weiner? It’s Jewish, but hardly parochial. To the contrary, it imbues in its students anything but a narrow view of the world; rather, it actively promotes in students a breadth of vision and engagement. Through intellectual exploration of competing ideas and substantive interaction with a wide array of people (far beyond one ethnic community), our graduates are not only prepared for college, but they leave us with a deeply-ingrained sense of the obligation of giving back.
And notwithstanding our seriousness of purpose, there is an energy and joy at Emery/Weiner that makes us different. In addition to co-curricular traditional offerings, such as dynamic arts and athletic programs, Emery/Weiner offers more. For example, in addition to an unusually robust experiential learning program, we have elements that simply don’t exist at other schools – such as our unique opening day ceremony. One year, we began with a gospel singer performing Hebrew songs, and another year we distributed Buddhist meditation bells in order to help enhance mindfulness. Our reasoning is simple: If the educational environment is engaging, then kids will learn more.
Due to the hard work of many people – local lay leaders and educators from around the country who have joined us – Emery/Weiner has earned a place among the very best academic institutions in Houston – an observation corroborated by our colleagues from our peer schools and evidenced by an incredibly impressive record of college admissions. But what I’m most proud of is the impact we have on our students. Beyond helping develop their minds, we are helping instill a profound sense of self in our kids – a “self” that’s been pushed, pulled, nurtured, and challenged so that our graduates leave Stella Link with a confidence they’ll carry for a lifetime.
We invite you to explore our website and hopefully join our community.
Stuart J. Dow
Head of School