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Rated one of “America’s Best Places to Live” by CNN/Money Magazine in 2007, Friendswood is a community of 35,805 in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area that lies within both Galveston and Harris counties. Friendswood is also the home of the Houston area headquarters for the Quaker Society, who founded the city in 1985 as the Religious Society of Friends.
The 27-hole golf facility in Friendswood, Timber Creek Golf Club, is situated on 316 acres and was designed by Jay Riviere to create a unique balance of nature and gaming by working around many of the existing oak and pine trees on the complex.
The Friendswood City Parks department maintains several parks and reservations, among which are Centennial Park, Old City Park, the Evelyn B. Newman Amphitheater, Renwick Sports Complex and Stevenson Park.
The Friendswood Sesquicentennial Swimming pool accommodates up to 235 visitors and is open to all ages, with a five-foot maximum depth.
Harried parents and professionals looking for a bit of relaxation can also turn to Bergamos Spa Retreat, a full-service spa that provides an extensive menu of aesthetic and relaxation services.
Major employers in the Friendswood and Bay Area include Baybrook Mall, a large shopping complex that houses dozens of food and retail outlets, the Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, an HCA-affiliated hospital with several areas of specialization and a variety of physician’s offices, and the aerospace and defense firm Lockheed Martin.
Many Friendswood residents also take advantage of the city’s close proximity to Houston, and choose to make the short commute into the city each day for employment.
Friendswood Friends Church, a Quaker house of worship that celebrates both Quaker doctrine and the impact that the denomination had historically upon the area, is located at 502 South Friendswood Drive in Friendswood.
Mary Queen Catholic Church, part of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is located in Friendswood at 606 Cedarwood Drive, and offers a variety of religious education services, ministries and outreach programs along with traditional liturgical services.
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church states on their website that they “seek to be a sanctuary for equipping and empowering people to deal with the issues of life in an atmosphere of love, security and support.” Congregation members and visitors alike are welcomed with open arms, with a host of ministry and outreach programs that includes a private school.
Hope Lutheran Church, at 1804 South Friendswood Drive, is a member of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and is committed to providing community outreach programs in addition to traditional worship and ministry services adhering to Lutheran doctrine for members and visitors alike.
Students residing in Friendswood attend schools in the Friendswood Independent School District if they live south of clear Creek, or Clear Creek Independent Schools if they live farther north. There are also a number of private schools in the area.
Primrose School of Friendswood is a private preschool that offers extended hours in order to provide children with an early education while catering to the childcare needs of working parents, as well as kindergarten classes. The student to teacher ratio at Primrose School of Friendswood is 7:1, 26.3% lower than the national average for private schools.
Lord of Life Lutheran School is located at 4425 Fm 2651 Road in Friendswood, and offers classes for children from preschool through eighth grade. Lord of Life boasts high academic standards with a spiritual emphasis, and has a student to teacher ratio of 9.4:1.
The Galloway School is a non-denominational Christian school located at 3200 West Bay Area Boulevard in Friendswood. The student to teacher ratio is 8.5:1, which is 10.5% lower than the national average for private schools.
Friendswood Christian School is located at 301 Leisure Lane in Friendswood and offers classes for students from preschool through sixth grade. Friendswood Christian School is affiliated with the Church of Christ with a student to teacher ratio of 7:1.
Students attending public schools within the Friendswood Independent School from grades three through eleven scored higher than the state average in all areas on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, sometimes significantly so. Clear Creek Independent School District students also performed above state averages on the tests in every area.
Daycare centers affiliated with places of worship are common in the Friendswood community, as are their non-sectarian brethren. Many private preschools in the area also offer extended hours to accommodate the schedules of busy, working parents. Some families do find, however, that private, in-home care is more suited to the unique demands of their household, which is why we’re pleased to offer our services to families in Friendswood. Our nannies are thoroughly pre-screened, with their work experience and qualifications verified in advance. We also carefully match each family to our existing pool of childcare providers in order to find the best possible fit for your family, in the interest of maximizing the satisfaction of all involved parties and reducing the likelihood of turnover or premature termination of work agreements.