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A Guide to Living in Bellaire

Bellaire, known as the “City of Homes” due to the fact that it’s almost exclusively residential, lies within the Harris County section of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area, with a United States Census Bureau population of 16,855.

Major Attractions

In addition to the many municipal parks maintained by the city of Bellaire, the area also hosts an annual Fourth of July parade and a Snow in the Park Christmas celebration.

Russ Pittman Park, spread over four acres of prairie grasses, pecan trees and meadows also contains the historic Henshaw House and The Nature Discovery Center. The painstakingly restored Henshaw House serves as a community center as well as the home of the Hana and Arthur Ginzbarg Nature Discovery Center, serving as a hub of community activity.

The Evergreen and Elaine Wood Therapy Pools are also maintained by the city, as is the Bellaire Town Square Family Aquatic Center.

Companies

The City of Bellaire is zoned primarily for light industrial, commercial and mixed-use residential use, with a few high-rise office buildings along Interstate 610. Houston-area offices for Frost Bank, along with the area headquarters for AT&T are located in Bellaire. The main offices for the Greater Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce are also located within city bounds.

Chevron maintains a 33-acre complex at Fournace Place in Bellaire which is home to their Chevron Pipe Line Company and other business units.

Churches and Places of Worship

St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, part of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States, is located at 424 Mulberry Lane and offers Coptic Classes, Arabic Bible Study, liturgy, confession and visitation services.

The Bellaire Church of Christ, located at 8001 S. Rice Avenue teaches the Gospel plan of salvation with a focus on worship, with a variety of special ministry and outreach programs throughout the week.

Southwest Presbyterian Church, located at 6033 S. Rice Avenue offers Bible-led worship services and Sunday School programs in order to better teach the Word of the Living Christ, increasing Biblical and doctrinal understanding.

Faith Lutheran Church provides a full range of ministry programs, including Children’s, Faith camp, Faith Day School, Mother’s Day Out, Youth Services and Faith Fun Zone with an emphasis on traditional Lutheran doctrine.

Schools

Students living in Bellaire are served by the Houston Independent School District, and are zoned to Paul W. Horn Academy, Condit Elementary School or Lovett Elementary School in Houston. All Bellaire public school students attend Pershing Middle School and Bellaire High School, though they do have the choice to attend Pin Oak Middle School, which was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2008.

The Post Oak School, located at 4600 Bissonnet Street in Bellaire is a coed, private institution with no religious affiliation serving a total enrollment of 212 students from preschool through eighth grade. The Post Oak School is fully accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale, with an associated high school on campus. The student to teacher ratio is 9:1, 5.3% lower than the national average for private schools.

Veritas Christian Academy is a non-denominational, coed Christian school with a total enrollment of 171 students from preschool through eighth grade, with a student to teacher ratio that’s 1.1% lower than the national average at 9.4:1.

Faith Lutheran Day School is a coed preschool and transitional kindergarten affiliated with Faith Lutheran Church, with a student to teacher ratio of 4:1, 57.9% lower than the national average.

Standardized Test Scores

Students in the Houston Independent School District from third grade through eleventh in 2011 scored at or slightly below the state standard on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and skills, with exceptions in fifth and eighth grade math and reading, in which student scores were above the state average.

Childcare Options

Childcare options in Bellaire are quite varied, as daycare centers may be private or public, religiously-affiliated or secular. Some early education centers and private preschools also offer extended hours to accommodate the childcare needs of busy parents along with the developmental needs of young children. Private, in-home childcare may sometimes be the choice most ideally suited to the unique needs of individual families, but the daunting and time-consuming process of searching for quality applicants, managing in-person interviews and conducting thorough background checks that are still compliant with state and Federal law can be a deterrent. That’s why we’re happy to do the work for you, matching one of our pre-screened, verified and highly-qualified nannies to your specifications.

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