5807 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77021

Our History

Mission Statement

Since 1966, Beatrice Mayes Institute strives to EXPAND MINDS, BUILD CHARACTER AND INSPIRE COMMUNITY ACTION

OUR VISION is to become a model school in the Houston community

STATE-WIDE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

BMI must ensure that its students consistently perform academically in the 90th percentile or above

EXPANDING INTO A HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE

We will provide college-preparatory oriented courses to ensure a lifetime of quality education

A SAFE & INCLUSIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Creating an environment that fosters school spirit, encourages high achievement and a love of learning

Oldest lasting African-American School in Texas

The Vision

Wonderland began with Beatrice Mayes and Thomas Mayes, experienced educators who were committed to providing their community with opportunities rarely available to African-American youth.

1966

The couple founded the Wonderland Private School at Dixie, opening with 30 students in 1966. Now known as Wonderland Private School, this program has thrived, educating thousands of children ages 18 months to four years over the school’s 55-year history.

1985

In 1985, Wonderland expanded to educate children from kindergarten through 8th grade with the opening of the Beatrice Mayes Institute

2001 - Today

Beatrice Mayes Institute became a public charter school in 2001. Combined, Wonderland Private School and BMI currently educate more than 500 students each year.

55+

Years of Serving the
Houston community

500

Students Enrolled
for Fall 2022

3,000+

BMI & Wonderland Alumni

35%

of the teaching staff have 10+ years of experience

Dynamic educational community

We have created a supportive, culture-affirming environment that fosters educational excellence