Westlake Preparatory Lutheran Academy

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Westlake Academy is the newest private school of the Lutheran Education Association of Houston (LEAH), becoming the latest in the rich tradition of quality education in the greater Houston community.

It was 1949 when Houston gained its first television station KLEE -- now KPRC; its first freeway - the Gulf; and a nationally recognized hotel - the Shamrock. The same year, a new community educational resource came into being as the original Lutheran High School opened its doors at the southern end of the then new Gulf freeway - now the intersection of the Gulf Freeway and the 610 loop.

During the 1950s land was purchased on the "far north side of Houston" in the suburban Garden Oaks District - now just outside the North 610 Loop at Shepherd. However, it wasn’t until 1980 that the dream of a sister school became a reality in Lutheran High North (LHN).

Responding to Houston’s changing landscape, in 1998 the original campus moved south along the Gulf Freeway to a location just outside Beltway 8 becoming Lutheran South Academy (LSA), adding both a Lower and Middle school programs in response to community needs.

The pioneering spirit of the 1940s that resulted in the original Lutheran High School and the action-oriented foresight in the 1950s that led to Lutheran High North surfaced again in 2002 as LEAH looked to the rapidly developing westside of Houston. Immediately it became obvious that the new Grand Parkway between US 59 and Interstate 10 was the central axis of current and future westside growth. A large tract of land was purchased just to the southwest of the recently completed West Park Tollway and the Grand Parkway interchange, providing easy access from all directions.

Westlake Academy broke ground in 2008 and held its first class in the current building in 2009. Construction on the new Middle School was completed Fall 2016 and the first classes were held in September of that year. Westlake continues to grow, adding a grade a year until it reaches 12th grade. The Westlake campus sits on over 40 usable acres of land that will soon contain 4 educational buildings, sports facilities with a football stadium, field house and track, along with a cafeteria and auditorium.