5807 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77021

Expanding Minds

Building Character

Inspiring Community Action

Since 1966, Beatrice Mayes Institute (BMI) has provided a welcoming and culturally-affirming education that inspires students to grow their minds and achieve excellence.

BMI is a tuition-free public charter school providing students in grades K-8 a private school-quality education.

The BMI Way

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Sense of Community

We create a welcoming community where you and your child feel part of an extended family. Educators create a sense of belonging where every student is known, valued, and heard.

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Cultural Heritage

We empower students to expand their minds and embrace their cultural heritage so that they discover their potential. By learning about their heritage, students develop stronger confidence and character.

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Academics & STEAM

We teach students a rich, challenging curriculum that prepares them for college and future success. Students engage in hands-on learning to develop math, science, and technology skills.

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Individualized Instruction

We believe in the brilliance and potential of each student. Our teachers meet students where they are academically and tailor the educational experience.

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Tradition of Excellence

We are a Black-founded and Black-led organization with a 50-year track record of educational excellence. Thousands of our graduates have gone on to college and fulfilling careers.

Parent testimonials


"A great school! The teachers and staff are wonderful, and I feel very confident in knowing my child is being well taken care of."

C. Williams
C. Williams
BMI Parent
"I like the class sizes and the family feel. The education and curriculum has been exemplary. The teachers are engaging and show true concern for my children and their education."
K. Clark
K. Clark
BMI Parent
"My experience is hands on, real people and trust that the teachers will make the right decisions for my daughter."

B. Blueitt
B. Blueitt
BMI Parent

2024 Open Enrollment Application Process

Step 1

Submit an enrollment application.

Step 2

Receive notification of admission in March 2024.

Step 3

Accept your child’s seat at BMI for the 2024-25 school year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wonderland, Inc. is an umbrella nonprofit organization that includes the tuition-free Beatrice Mayes Institute public charter school (K-8) and private Wonderland School (PreK).

Students are required to wear uniforms on specific days. The uniforms are
plaid green color. Uniforms help students feel part of the same team and feel
as well as eliminating any pressure that students may face regarding fashion.
We detail our uniform policy in our student handbook 

BMI believes in the value of athletics and extracurricular activities. They
provide students with leadership skills, learn the value of teamwork, and
provide students with a social outlet that helps them get to know other
students outside the classroom. Some of the extracurricular activities that we
provide include athletics, modern dance, choir, newspaper, and drama. Read
more about our athletics and extracurriculars.

BMI is not affiliated with Houston ISD. BMI is an independent public school
governed by a volunteer separate board of directors. BMI does follow the same
calendar as Houston ISD schools.

This private school is available for parents with children ages 18 months to 4 years. The Wonderland Private School curriculum includes academic disciplines within science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. The curriculum also includes character building and creating strong moral foundations for students of this institution. Parents and/or legal guardians must pay tuition and other related fees to enroll in Wonderland Private School.

BMI is a secular public school that is not affiliated with any religion. The school
is open to all students regardless of race, nationality, or religion.

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