When parents consider moving to a new home, one of the most important considerations is the educational opportunities that will be available to their children. The quality of education in Greater Houston area is the result of careful planning, commitment and high goals–quality is never an accident.
In Houston, there are a multitude of quality private and public schools which you’ll discover in this section. Be sure to consider the specific educational needs of your child and meet with prospective teachers and administrators to ensure that your child is placed in the most appropriate school environment. Several independent school districts offer public education in the area, and each works to provide learning and extra-curricular options for all students while meeting the Texas Education Agency’s standards assessments and many have received numerous rewards for their efforts. Most districts offer dual credit programs, so students can earn high school and college credits at the same time.
There are also many adult educational opportunities to be found at University of Houston, Houston Community College, Lone Star Community College System as well as other well-respected universities and colleges.
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) measures a child’s performance, as well as academic growth, college and career readiness. Results from STAAR calculate annual school and district performance ratings. Annual Assessments cover: reading and mathematics, grades 3-8; writing at grades 4 and 7; science at grades 5 and 8; social studies at grade 8; and end-of course assessments for English 1, English 11, Algebra 1, biology, and U.S. history.
Texas charter schools operate under and receive academic accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency and adhere to the same STAAR test requirements as public school districts. Open-enrollment charter schools have the flexibility to adapt to the educational needs of individual students for a personalized learning environment where students can achieve more. Select charter schools even provide curriculum that specializes in a certain field such as the arts, mathematics or science. Some charter schools offer students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to take both high school and college courses at no cost. For more information and complete district and individual school information, visit tea.texas.gov.
STEM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math education, is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is coupled with hands-on, problem-based learning.According to a recent poll of U.S. CEOs, employers will need 1.6 million new STEM employees by 2019. In 2013, the average STEM occupation paid about $80,000 annually; roughly 1.7 times the average yearly U.S. wage.
The Texas science, technology, engineering and mathematics (T-STEM) initiative provides a foundational approach to empower teachers, inspire students and advance STEM education. There are 70 T-STEM Academies and seven blended Early College High School/T-STEM Academies serving more than 40,000 students across the state.