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A Guide to Living in The Woodlands

The Woodlands was planned as a suburban development and bedroom community, master-planned and lying within the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area. However, the area swelled to include 93,847 at the time of the 2010 United States Census, a 68.6 percent leap from it’s 2000 census population of 55,649. The Woodlands area hosts the corporate campuses of several lucrative and successful companies, and was the recipient of a Special Award for Excellence in 1994.

Major Attractions

Because The Woodlands is a meticulously planned city with award-winning execution, there are a variety of attractions for both visiting and resident families.

The Woodlands Children’s Museum, a non-profit organization that supports cooperative learning in an environment that’s welcoming, as well as culturally and ethnically diverse, free from discrimination and encourages acceptance and tolerance of differences while exploring play-based early education.

The Woodlands Waterway Trolley is a charming way to experience the city, as the two separate cars tool around town throughout the day. The trolleys are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and as such are fully accessible to those with mobility impairments.

Two miles of hiking trails, three miles of bike trails and lake paths make exploring the George Mitchell Nature Preserve fun and exciting. The area will, after completion, protect 12,000 acres of forested land, already covering almost 1,700 acres.

Art aficionados can sign up for a wide assortment of art classes for children, teens and adults focusing on a variety of disciplines at the Woodlands Art League, which celebrates the visual arts and is dedicated to fostering a sense of appreciation in residents of The Woodlands, regardless of age or background.


The Woodlands is home to a number of major corporation campuses and headquarters, providing a significant portion of the populace with employment within the community.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, one of the world’s largest publicly-traded oil and gas exploration and production companies, is headquartered in The Woodlands and employs a global workforce of 4,700.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, a multinational conglomerate engineering, procurement and construction company maintains international headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands and is domestically headquartered in The Woodlands, with more than 80 locations and a total of 23,000 employees around the world.

Maersk Sealand, a Danish shipping container conglomerate, maintains offices in The Woodlands. Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical research and development company, was also founded, is headquartered and operates out of The Woodlands.

Churches and Places of Worship

The Crossing Church, located at 6265 Shadowbend Place in The Woodlands is a non-denominational Christian church that teaches a biblically-based doctrine while maintaining an array of ministry and public outreach programs, including Growth Track, Life Groups, Kids’ Zone, Amped Junior High, The Crossing Student Ministries and Lit Young Adult Ministries.

The mission statement of Saint Anthony of Padua, located at 7801 Bay Branch Drive in The Woodlands, states, “We, the people of St. Anthony of Padua are a joyful Roman Catholic Community. We believe Our Lord calls us beyond membership to become His true disciples and live as one body in Christ. Therefore, we choose to use our unique gifts to build a welcoming, interconnected gathering of the faithful that will be a beacon, a light to the world.” Established in 1997 as a result of need for a new parish in light of The Woodlands’ rapid growth, Saint Anthony of Padua also sponsors a Catholic elementary school in the community.

Ministries at Stonebridge Church, a non-denominational Christian church, include Birth-Kindergarten, Children, Middle School, College & Singles, 30+ Singles, Men, Women, Young Couples, Goodtimers Senior Adults and a food pantry community outreach program.

Established in 1982, Congregation Beth Shalom of The Woodlands is committed to supporting those of the Jewish faith and fostering Jewish life in the community. Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 5125 Shadowbend Place, and is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism.


Greystone House Montessori in The Woodlands is a preschool and transitional kindergarten of no specific religious affiliation that adheres to the Montessori style of early childhood learning. The coed environment includes a student to teacher ratio of 8:1, 15.8% lower than the national average for private schools.

Oak Ridge Christian Academy is a Baptist-affiliated private, coed institution serving students from preschool through high school. The student to teacher ratio at Oak Ridge Christian Academy is 7.9:1, lower than the national average for private schools by 16.8%.

PCAL Christian School offers a private school with home-school co-op leanings, allowing kids to work at their own pace, earn college credits while obtaining their high school diploma and receive special attention in any areas that they may struggle with. Students from ninth through twelfth grade are welcomed at PCAL Christian School, which is affiliated with the Baptist faith. The student to teacher ratio at PCAL is 7:1, 26.3% lower than the national average.

The John Cooper School is a coed, non-sectarian school with a total enrollment of 932 students from preschool through twelfth grade. The student to teacher ratio is 11.6:1, higher than the national average for private schools by 22.1%.

Standardized Test Scores

Students living in The Woodlands typically attend schools zoned under the Conroe Independent School District, which scored above the state average in all areas of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills in 2011 from grades three through eleven. In no area were these students tested below the state standard.

Childcare Options

While childcare options in the booming Woodlands community include both secular and religiously-affiliated daycare programs, early education centers and preschools with extended hours designed to provide children with a learning experience while accommodating the busy schedules of working parents, we understand that a private, in-home arrangement is often more ideally suited to the needs of some families. That’s why we’re proud to announce that our services are extended to families in The Woodlands. We supply thoroughly vetted and screened nannies, whose backgrounds and prior experience is verified before matching with a family in need of a childcare provider. Our meticulous matching process also ensures the best possible fit, reducing the chances of an early contract termination or unexpected turnover.


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