Houston is a sprawling city that can be challenging for new residents to navigate. If you have school-aged children, things can get even more complicated. If you’re considering a move to Houston, ensure your children get the most out of their education by understanding your
options among Houston school districts.
There are 18 school districts within the Houston area, and where you live dictates the school your children attend.
What Is Houston ISD?
As the largest in the state and seventh-largest in the country, Houston Independent School District consists of 284 schools attended by 215,000 students. Houston is a large and diverse city, and HISD’s student population reflects that diversity. The students come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and speak over 100 different languages. Dual-language instruction is available in 56 HISD schools.
Houston ISD boasts the lowest property tax rate of any Harris County school districts, has a 77.9% graduation rate (as of 2016, up 21% from 2007), and saw $388.4 million in scholarships awarded to its students in 2017.
Houston ISD Programs and Activities
HISD believes in school choice and prides itself on giving families options. When searching for a school to suit your child’s needs, you can select from neighborhood schools or Magnet and specialized programs, including:
- College and Career Readiness
- Fine Arts
- Language Immersion
- Gifted and Talented
- International Studies
After School Programs
HISD’s After School Programs provide academic support, such as tutoring and homework assistance, as well as enrichment programs. These include performing arts, karate, photography, fitness, and cosmetology.
With Houston ISD’s emphasis on providing students with a well-rounded education, your child will have every opportunity to excel in academics, as well as build social and practical life skills.
HISD Special Programs and Opportunities
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Step Three: Plan Your Path with the Career and Technical Education Programs of Study guide.
There are 16 CTE programs of study and pathways, including Agriculture, Business Management and Administration, Education, Manufacturing, STEM, and Information Technology. Students taking dual credit CTE courses can earn associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees, licensures, and more.
Click here to check out the Career and Technical Education Programs of Study guide. This guide details which HISD schools offer pathways relevant to the student’s interests and lists career options within each industry, as well as available certifications and licensures.
Teach Forward Houston
Teach Forward Houston is a fellowship offered in partnership between HISD and the University of Houston, offering students $20,000 to put toward tuition for a Bachelor of Science in Teaching and Learning at U of H. Fellows then give back to the community by teaching in an HISD classroom for a minimum of four years upon graduation. Additional supports for TFH Fellows include summer internship opportunities, prioritized hiring support, mentoring, and specialized professional development opportunities.
HISD provides parents with children ages 0 to 6 a free subscription to ReadyRosie, an interactive tool designed to prepare children for school. Short weekly activity videos are sent to parents’ phones, tablets, or computers, so you can watch and model them from anywhere. ReadyRosie encourages discussion about respective weights of objects, counting, measuring length and width, and other critical thinking skills vital to early education.
How Do I Know Which Schools My Child Will Attend?
There are 18 school districts within the Houston area, and the schools your children will attend are determined by your neighborhood. Visit HISD’s school search page to locate campuses that serve your area.
List Of All Houston Area School Districts
Besides HISD, the following school districts are located in the Houston area:
- Aldine Independent School District
- Alief Independent School District
- Clear Creek Independent School District
- Crosby Independent School District
- Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District
- Fort Bend Independent School District
- Galena Park Independent School District
- Huffman Independent School District
- Humble Independent School District
- Katy Independent School District
- Klein Independent School District
- New Caney Independent School District
- North Forest Independent School District
- Pasadena Independent School District
- Sheldon Independent School District
- Spring Independent School District
- Spring Branch Independent School District
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