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 283 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.