Clear Creek Independent School District
www.ccisd.net • 281-284-0000
The Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) is home to explorers and adventurers and is “Leading the Way in the 21st Century.”
Nestled alongside the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston and the boating waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the district proudly serves the educational needs of more than 41,000 students.
Clear Creek ISD is the 29th largest school district in Texas, employs nearly 5,000 staff members and spans 103 square miles, 13 municipalities, and two counties (Harris and Galveston). Governed by a high performing Board of Trustees, Clear Creek ISD prides itself on involving all stakeholders in making curriculum, finance, and policy decisions. Dr. Greg Smith, Superintendent, was named Texas Superintendent of the Year in 2012 by the Texas Association of School Boards and the 2013 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas PTA.
Clear Creek ISD is comprised of 26 elementary, 10 intermediate, and 7 high schools. Each campus is led by a team of experienced and compassionate administrators, teachers and support personnel. CCISD is also home to the state’s first Education Village which includes an elementary, intermediate and a high school on one campus. This PK-12 campus includes shared and multi-use facilities that have been created with a community of learners in mind.
CCISD students outperform their statewide peers on all Texas standardized tests and college readiness indicators.
In addition to its regular educational programs, the District offers comprehensive, award-winning programs in career and technical education, special education, bilingual education, compensatory education and gifted and talented education. The district is equally strong in fine arts and is known for top quality athletic programs. Support from community and outstanding parent teacher association volunteers and booster clubs is exceptional.
CCISD is recognized for superior financial management. The district especially appreciates its business and community partnerships and their substantial contributions to the quality programs and recognized academic achievements.
Dickinson Independent School District
www.dickinsonisd.org • 281-229-6000
The Dickinson Independent School District offers its 11,000 students a full-range of educational opportunities through the efforts of more than 1,400 administrators, teachers and support personnel. The district’s 61 square miles encompass the city of Dickinson and the unincorporated communities of Bacliff and San Leon as well as a portion of League City, La Marque and Texas City Dickinson ISD is a growing district where student enrollment has increased by nearly 4,000 students over the past 10 years. Dickinson’s central location and its “small-town” atmosphere attract families whose members can easily commute to either the Houston or Galveston areas.
To accommodate the growing student enrollment, Dickinson ISD opened the Lobit Education Village in August 2016. The campus features Louis G. Lobit Elementary and Elva C. Lobit Middle School. This new campus design provides many opportunities for students and staff with collaborative learning spaces and a large outdoor courtyard with learning stations. Dickinson ISD voters also approved a $70 bond referendum in May 2016 to build the district’s second junior high school for students in grades 7-8. Planning is underway for this new campus which is tentatively scheduled to open in August 2018.
Another innovative program which opened this year is a STEM Academy at Barber Middle School. The academy offers 100 fifth grade students from across Dickinson ISD the opportunity to experience innovative science, technology, engineering and math instruction through their core subject areas.
Dickinson ISD students and staff excel in many areas, with consistent achievements noted in local, state and national events and contests for sports, band, choir, dance team, art contests, FFA, Robotics and many more. The district participates in the state’s largest UIL category for academic, fine arts and athletic competitions.
Friendswood Independent School District
www.myfisd.com • 281-482-1267
The FISD School Board was named 2016 Outstanding School Board of the Year in Region IV and is currently being considered for the top honors at the state level. The Friendswood Independent School District was established in 1948 and covers 15 square miles. Fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency, the district’s curriculum emphasizes academic skills, higher academic thinking and cooperative learning strategies.
FISD has six campuses: one K-5 campus, one K-3, two 3-5 intermediate campus, one 6-8 grade junior high and one 9-12 high school. UIL participation is high with many state winners in the majority of all athletic programs advancing to the playoffs where many teams reach the top. The District was awarded the 2014, 2010 and 2009 Lone Star Cup, which honors a district for top academic and athletic records, and has continued to be in the top three other years.
Friendswood High School was named in the Nation’s Top 1500 high schools by Newsweek Magazine. US News and World Report placed the school in the top 30 comprehensive high schools in Texas. Consequently, the many awards its clubs, organizations, sports, and programs receive make FHS a top contender in the State and Nation. In the Academic Decathlon program FHS has won more state championships than any other high school in the nation.
The FHS Band and Choir as well as the Friendswood Junior High Band and Choir have won prestigious competitions at all levels. The Drama Department has won more UIL competitions than any other high school group in the State over the past 10 years. In 1987, members of the FISD School Board implemented a Character Ed program. Since then the Westwood Elementary was named the first State School of Character and a National School of Character.
The FISD philosophy is based on active partnerships between parents, the community and the schools, and a commitment to the realization of each and every student’s potential. Friendswood ISD is rated as one of the most effective and efficient school districts in the state with a below average tax rate. The district has earned the highest award for financial management and is recognized by State Comptroller for financial transparency.
La Porte Independent School District
www.lpisd.org • 281-604-7000
La Porte ISD is committed to the needs of more than 7,700 students and their families. Nestled along Galveston Bay, La Porte ISD encompasses 55 square miles in southeast Harris County. The district serves students in the communities of La Porte, Shoreacres and Morgan’s Point as well as small sections of Deer Park and Pasadena. Support from the community helps to give La Porte ISD a special “hometown” feeling in a location just 20 minutes away from the metropolitan Houston area.
La Porte ISD has 12 campuses–including one high school, two junior high schools, a sixth grade campus, seven elementary schools and a school of choice—as well as over 1,000 employees. Through a partnership with San Jacinto College, the La Porte ISD/San Jacinto College Center offers additional opportunities to high school dual enrollment students, and the Accelerated College Education (ACE) program allows students to earn their associate degrees along with their high school diplomas. Among the many other quality educational programs and services offered by La Porte ISD are pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, dual language and bilingual education, gifted and talented education, Advanced Placement and Pre-Advanced Placement, special education and career and technical education.
Pasadena Independent School District
www.pasadenaisd.org • 713-740-0000
Pasadena Independent School District is molding today’s learners into tomorrow’s leaders. The district has championed innovative educational learning initiatives supported by advanced programs and technology driven resources that foster student success. Through positive community and business support, the district provides a menu of post-secondary, technical and specialized opportunities that prepare students for higher education and adaptable workplace environments. Completing the cycle, many Pasadena ISD alumni make Pasadena their home after graduation, working and raising their families in the community.
Pasadena ISD is a large urban district employing around 8,000 employees and serving approximately 56,000 students in 67 schools. The district covers portions of Pasadena, South Houston, Houston and Pearland and offers area residents 36 elementary, 12 middle, 10 intermediate, six high schools, and two schools of choice and two alternative campuses. The district is home to the annual McDonald’s Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament, one of the largest high school tournaments in the country. The tournament has garnered nearly $2 million in proceeds since its inception in 2003, benefiting the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation’s Mini Grant Program.
Students at Pasadena ISD meet challenges head on and engage in rigorous curriculum. The number of students involved in dual credit and Advanced Placement classes continues to grow as part of Pasadena ISD’s commitment to College and Career Readiness. Pasadena graduates have attended some of the top universities in the country like Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and Rice University. The district also offers students opportunities to earn an associate degree, graduate with a diploma, earn college credits, gain professional certification or a license in high-demand areas like engineering, nursing and welding.
Pasadena ISD students excel in and outside of the classroom. They participate in an exceptional fine arts program earning the district the distinction of being named one of the best communities for music education. Students compete and excel in music, band, choir, orchestra, visual arts, theatre arts and dance. Pasadena ISD’s exceptional staff members have created an endless cycle of student achievement preparing the students of today to be the leaders of tomorrow.