St. Anthony of Padua Parish was founded on June 3, 1997. Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza issued the challenge of establishing a new church community and school to serve the needs of Catholic families in The Woodlands, Texas.
Under the leadership of Msgr. George Sheltz, Pastor, the parish took seriously the challenge to open a Catholic school and work began to complete a feasibility study, seek approval from the Archdiocesan Board of Education and write the school’s mission statement.
In September 2000, Renee’ Nunez was hired as the school’s founding principal. She along with the Education Council worked to develop the school’s philosophy, and governing polices. A staff was hired in the spring of 2001 and the doors opened for students on August 16, 2001. Enrollment has grown from 138 in 2001 to close to 500.
In August 2005, the school’s operations moved into a permanent home . A gymnasium, stage, specialty classrooms, computer lab, library/media center, clinic, classroom projection systems, enrichment programs, services, and activities for students. New athletic fields were constructed in the fall of 2006 and dedicated during National Catholic Schools Week 2007.
2007 was marked as the year that SAOPCS became a fully accredited school with the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department, TCCED. Just a few years later, in 2012, the young 10-year old school was named as the first Catholic school in the area to receive recognition as a United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. In 2013, the school received dual accreditation through AdvancED.