Educational Institutions

The Harris School Inc

  • Houston, TX
  • www.theharrisschool.com

Mission Statement

The Harris School was founded in 1987 and was formerly called The Child Development Center when it was affiliated with the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute. Its mission is to improve the educational development and the emotional health of children. This is achieved by using psychodynamic principles in our therapeutic school (The Harris School), in professional consultations with educators and parents (The Outreach/Teacher Consultant Program), in evaluation of children (The THS Clinic), and in training and research in child development (The Professional Training Programs). The children, with the help of their families, mental health professionals, and teachers, can grow to be competent, responsible, and successful.

Main Programs

  1. Programs
Service Areas

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Texas

Serving Houston and surrounding area

ruling year

1990

Principal Officer

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Ms. Susan Spencer, MEd

Keywords

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child development, child assessment, child education, teacher training, psychodynamic, therapeutic

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EIN

76-0287971

Also Known As

T.H.S.

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Programs

The Harris School, Inc. has the following components:
The Harris School (THS) includes the following levels - Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten/Readiness, Primary (Grades 1-3), and Intermediate (Grades 4-8). The school is both a therapeutic and an educational environment which means that children from pre-kindergarten to grade 8 must meet clinical as well as educational criteria for admission. The school has an open enrollment where a student can be admitted at any time during the year, including the summer, based on eligibility and space availability. Our classroom goal is to work at a teacher pupil ratio of 1:5. There is a long tradition in the field of education and psychology of learning from observational sites. The staff and children are enriched by the observations of the visiting professionals. The school is currently an observational-training site for professional groups from the fields of education and child development. The frequency of visitors is monitored.
The Outreach/Teacher Consultant Program offers school educators mental health expertise, guidance and support. It includes on-site consultations to teachers and childcare providers and, in the past, has provided preschool and lower school directors' monthly mental health workgroups, an Annual Preschool Outreach Conference, and monthly mental health workgroups for child care providers.
The THS Clinic provides assessment and treatment by experienced clinicians who specialize in helping children, adolescents and their families. These include psychological and educational assessments, family consultation sessions, mother-toddler groups, child and adolescent psychotherapy, child and adolescent psychoanalysis, and psychotherapy and psychoanalysis referrals for parents and other adults.
The Professional Training Programs at the Center provide for the future care of young children and adolescents by training mental health professionals who can support their educational and emotional development. The training programs include the child & adolescent psychotherapy training program of HGPI, the child & adolescent psychoanalysis training program of HGPI, educator training opportunities, and community-awareness training.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$777,475.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Serving Houston and surrounding area

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THE HARRIS SCHOOL INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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The Harris School Inc

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Principal Officer

Ms. Susan Spencer, MEd

BIO

Susan Spencer, M.Ed., has a Bachelors Degree from Sam Houston State University in Education as well as a Masters Degree from University of Houston in Administration and Supervision with a Principal's Certificate.
She also has 22 years of experience in education - 18 years teaching and 3 years administration (1 of these years was in Fort Bend ISD as the Reading Academy Facilitator). In addition, she has 8 years of experience in business - 5 years of ownership of The Wooden Apple Antiques in Huntsville, Texas and 3 years ownership of New World Designs and Products interior design and imports.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Christian Seger

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