Founded in 1886 in Madisonville, Texas, Allen Academy is the oldest non-religious private school in Texas and serves 358 students in Pre-K through 12th grade. As an independent, co-educational day and boarding school, Allen Academy offers an outstanding educational experience and rigorous college preparatory curriculum that integrates academics, artistic expression, athletics, and community service in a positive atmosphere. Allen Academy faculty and families work together to ensure that students are equipped with the skills and attitudes necessary to inherit a world that promises to be increasingly unpredictable.
Allen Academy traces its beginnings to Madison Academy, founded by Mississippians John H. and Rivers O. Allen in Madisonville, Texas, in 1886. Founded as an elementary and secondary school for boys and girls, it became Madison College in 1895 and then Allen Academy in 1896.
The Allen brothers moved their school to Bryan because of the town's growing rail connections, its central location between Houston, Waco, Dallas, and Austin. They envisioned their school becoming a preparatory school for the Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College. Several prominent citizens of Bryan encouraged the move and helped establish Allen Academy as a boarding school for boys in 1899. The school quickly earned a reputation as an outstanding college preparatory school.
Allen Academy cultivates the skills and attitudes that characterize adaptive expertise. It equips students with the mindset necessary for academic success, preparation for life, and meaningful contribution to their local, college, and global communities. At Allen Academy, we value differences and believe an inclusive environment fosters deeper learning. We seize life's teachable moments to capitalize on authentic learning opportunities. We empower our students to share their voices, and we strive to cultivate an academic and social environment where diverse thoughts, ideas, and perspectives are respected. We seek harmony beyond tolerance. Allen Academy welcomes the unique life story each person contributes to our community.
At its essence, adaptive expertise is the combination of skillsets and mindsets that are necessary not only to face but thrive in an increasingly uncertain and interconnected future. It's a model built on an intentionally intimate scale. It's about developing self through meaningful relationships, building necessary skills, and consistently promoting grit, self-awareness, and a growth mindset as well as the importance of challenging assumptions and taking risks. At Allen, we promote and celebrate the tenets of adaptive expertise in an intellectual environment.