History and Community
Houston Academy is a co-educational day school for three-year-old preschool through twelfth grade. The school was founded in 1970 to fill the community’s need for a college preparatory school to serve the Dothan area and surrounding towns. The nineteen-acre campus is located in one of Dothan's upper middle class residential areas. Located in the southeast corner of Alabama, Dothan is a progressive community of approximately 67,000. It offers cultural and recreational activities as well as a community college and a four year university.
The campus, which was renovated in 1995, features four buildings connected by covered walkways. Included in the facilities are forty-five classrooms; two daycare rooms; library; Lower School science lab; Upper School labs for chemistry, biology, physical science, and Middle School science; state of the art Lower and Upper School art rooms; Lower and Upper School computer labs; two gymnasiums; a classroom for music and band; and a cafetorium. In 2002, the Dove Center was completed. It houses the Upper School English department, a computer lab, a computer classroom, art room, yearbook room, and the library. The school also maintains two playgrounds with one having a gazebo and the other newly renovated in 2005 with a covered area, a practice football field, and a practice baseball field.
The Lower School offers a program for three-year-old preschool through grade six. A variety of enrichment classes are offered in the Lower School to aid in preparing our students’ social and creative potential as well as helping them gain a global perspective. In accordance with the mission statement, the Houston Academy Upper School, grades 7-12, offers a strong college preparatory curriculum and maintains high academic standards for its students. In Upper School elective classes in art, music, journalism, drama/speech, television broadcast, and a fourth year of a foreign language are all accessible and an excellent opportunity for our students to thrive academically, creatively and socially.
Small classes allow for a low teacher-pupil ratio. All Faculty and staff have a Bachelor’s degree, with over half possessing a Master’s degrees or beyond. The average years’ experience for teachers/administrators at Houston Academy is 20.4.
The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the school holds memberships in the National Association of Independent Schools, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Southern Association of Independent Schools, College Board, National Honor Society, National Association of College Admissions Counselors, Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors, Alabama Association of Independent Schools, and the Alabama High School Athletic Association.