The Dominican Sisters of Houston, Texas, in conjunction with the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, founded St. Pius X High School in 1956. This co-educational high school opened in September of 1956 with 253 ninth and 10th grade students, under the patronage of St. Pius X. In 1957, St. Pius X served grades nine through 11, and by 1958, the School functioned as a four-year high school. St. Pius X numbers more than 5,000 graduates among its alumni, many of whom now have sons and daughters in attendance at the School.
In 1959, the State Board of Education accredited St. Pius X. It is now affiliated with the following educational associations:
- Catholic Schools of the Galveston-Houston Diocese
- The National Catholic Educational Association
- The Texas Catholic Conference Education Department in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- The College Board
- The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Philosophy & Goals
Education at St. Pius X High School is rooted in the Four Pillars of the Dominican charism. The development of the individual person -- spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and social -- is fostered in a nurturing atmosphere. At St. Pius X, the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching are central to decision-making in all areas: academic, disciplinary, financial, social and spiritual. The School offers a diverse curriculum of required courses in traditional academic subjects, as well as in theology, fine arts and technology.
SPX seeks to employ knowledgeable, skilled and qualified faculty and staff who are not only committed to education but also to the cultivation of Christian character. Faculty and staff serve as role models for students and in terms of their own intellectual endeavors, their behavior and their treatment of others actively witness Christian values. They partner with parents and guardians in the formation of students to become productive citizens of good character.
Each person is unique and valuable, gifted with God-given talents. Each member of the community is challenged to acknowledge the responsibility to use his or her talents and knowledge in the service of God and others and to embody gospel values in daily life.
The goals of St. Pius X High School, rooted in the mission and aligned with The Four Pillars of Dominican schools, are as follows:
- Assist students in recognizing and developing their potential through a variety of learning opportunities: academic, extracurricular, social, spiritual and community service.
- Guide students in developing the skills necessary for the on-going pursuit of knowledge.
- Build a strong educational program which recognizes individual needs and differences, develops students' potential in accordance with ability, encourages students to achieve success, and develops their ability to make decisions and accept responsibility for those decisions.
- Facilitate communication between home and school and to assist parents/guardians in their child's growth.
- Form an administration, faculty and staff that collaborates in personal and professional growth.