Houston Independent School District

The Houston Independent School District is the largest public school system in Texas and the 7th largest public system in the United States. It covers 301 square miles within the Houston metropolitan area with a 202,000 student enrollment.

Using base indicators established by the Texas Education Agency Accountability System for rating schools and campuses as exemplary, recognized, acceptable and unacceptable, the Houston ISD achieved an exemplary score for 71 elementary schools and a recognized score for 96 elementary schools. Close to 22,000 individuals are employed by the HISD, considered one of the largest employers in the Houston area.

The Houston ISD goes back to 1920, the year it was founded when it replaced the Harrisburg School District.

The three municipalities covered by the Houston ISD are: Bellaire, Southside Place and West University Place. It also covers certain portions of the municipalities of Houston, Hunters Creek Village, Jacinto City, Missouri City, Pearland and Piney Point Village.

HISD is currently housed in the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center located at 4400 West 18th Street in Houston. HISD considers kindergarten to grade 5 as elementary, grades 6 to 8 as middle school and grades 9 to 12 as high school. Like the Fort Bend Independent School District, HISD assigns each house in the areas it covers to an elementary, middle and high school, but offers several alternatives to students who want a specialized education or who are not satisfied with their schools.

HISD is known for its commitment to bilingual education and its encouragement of magnet and vanguard schools that serve gifted and talented students. It has:

  • 55 elementary magnet schools
  • 30 magnet middle schools
  • 27 magnet high schools

For information on Houston ISD: www.houstonisd.org; tel: 713.556.6005.

For information on choosing the right school for your child, transfer options, school zone search tool, boundary maps and school information, visit: http://www.houstonisd.org/domain/7890 (and then click on the first topic, middle column)
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