Houston Independent School District
www.houstonisd.org • 713-556-6000
The Houston Independent School District is the largest public school system in Texas and the seventh largest in the United States. HISD is focused on providing safe, secure schools where students can excel and prepare for college and careers.
The district operates with an annual budget of $1.8 billion and has more than 29,000 full and part-time employees, educating more than 215,000 students in 284 schools spread out over 334 square miles. The HISD Construction and Facility Services is responsible for the construction, renovations, and maintenance of more than 320 schools and administrative facilities — the equivalent of 29.3 million square feet of building space spread throughout the greater Houston area.
HISD’s property tax rate is the lowest in Harris County and one of the lowest of the 13 largest districts in the state. Within Harris County, the district also has the highest underlying bond rating given by Moody’s.
HISD stands out as a district of choice with a robust portfolio of schools, including strong neighborhood campuses, magnet and vanguard schools, charter schools, fine arts and language programs, early college high schools and career academies, and other specialized programs. The district also has placed an emphasis on ensuring all students have access to a global education and are prepared to complete and be successful in a global society upon graduation.
Spring Branch Independent School District
www.springbranchisd.com • 713-464-1511
The Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD) encompasses about 44 square miles of wooded suburbs and vibrant business and retail districts located west of downtown Houston along Interstate 10, also known as the Katy Freeway.
About 188,000 district residents live in this region of west Houston and in the incorporated villages of Bunker Hill, Hedwig, Hilshire, Hunters Creek, Piney Point and Spring Valley.
The district’s dedication to the small neighborhood school concept has contributed to the success and resilience of SBISD’s schools and neighborhoods.
Today, SBISD is comprised of five Schools for Early Learning (pre-K), 26 traditional elementary schools, seven regular middle schools and four regular high schools. SBISD provides full-day kindergarten for all in-district students. In addition, the district operates an exemplary rated charter middle school, a highly regarded charter middle and high school campus, as well as an alternative/virtual middle and high school facility.
In addition, the district offers an expanding variety of campus-based programs of choice. These include a K-5th grade School for Highly Gifted Students; two public charter middle school programs (KIPP Courage College Prep at Landrum Middle School and YES Prep Northbrook at Northbrook Middle School); three middle school dual language programs: and three PreK-5th grade elementary dual language programs.
SBISD remains recognized as one of the top public school districts in the nation with consistent college-readiness indicators exceeding regional, state and national averages. More than 80 percent of SBISD students take the SAT or ACT, exceeding both state and national averages. The district has one of the higher student participation rates regionally on these important assessments.