Our Spotlight School Districts showcase the area’s best based on a thorough analysis of key statistics, from state test scores, district ratings, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores and more. Although it does not cover every district in the area, it is intended to give the reader an overview of the best school districts available in the area.

Cy-Fair Independent School District

www.cfisd.net • 281-897-4000

Cy-Fair ISD Office

Twenty miles northwest of downtown Houston, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is one of the fastest-growing school districts in the nation, with a student enrollment of almost 115,000. It is the second-largest district in the Houston area, the third-largest in the state, and was awarded the TEA’s highest possible rating of Met Standard for the fourth straight year. CFISD is a destination district for its college/career preparation, extracurricular prowess and award-winning programs. With a diverse student population (students speak more than 100 languages or dialects), it is proof of the visionary work of educators, businesses, organizations and taxpayers who believe in making life better for the next generation: CFISD offers an unparalleled universal public education experience for all children.

A fiscal leader in Texas, the district is one of only three to earn a five-star rating from Texas Smart Schools for all six years of the program. CFISD opened its 11th high school in August and currently has 8 new construction projects and other renovation plans underway.

The professionals at CFISD work to maxi­mize every student’s potential through rigorous and relevant learning experiences preparing students to be 21st Century global leaders. The CFISD vision is LEAD: Learn. Empower. Achieve. Dream.


Klein Independent School District

www.kleinisd.net • 832-249-4000

Klein Cain High School

At Klein Independent School District (Klein ISD), every student enters with a promise and exits with a purpose. Klein ISD achieves this vision by centering on the following five targets: pathways, challenge, equity, leadership, and continuous improvement. As Promise2Purpose investors, district staff focus resources and relationships on three strategic priorities.

The first strategic priority is Reimagine Learning. This priority is defined as person­alized learning, a flexible and challenging curriculum, as well as standardized evalua­tion. Cultivate Talent is our second priority and is achieved through a best-in-class leadership pipeline, feedback loops and self-reflection, as well as targeted profes­sional learning. The final strategic priority is Build Community. We achieve this via relationships, mentoring and partnerships, engaging, educating and equipping families, and through cultural responsiveness.

Ensuring that every student has a clear pathway to success allows the district to personalize learning and ensure that all graduates have a bright future ahead of them. Before graduation, Klein ISD prom­ises students the opportunity to explore and experience various pathways that include not only successful mastery of a guaranteed and viable curriculum, but also coursework and experiences that appeal to students’ unique talents, interests, and abilities.

Klein ISD is comprised of five high schools, 10 intermediate schools, 32 elementary schools, one early childhood/ prekinder­garten school, one high school of choice, and two specialized campuses. High school students may also choose to attend the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) Programme or the International Business Academy (IBA) housed on two of the high school campuses.

Considered a fast-growth district, each year hundreds of new families choose to live in Klein because they appreciate its excep­tional staff, excellent facilities, outstanding academics, exceptional sports and fine arts programs, active volunteer programs, and emphasis on student safety.


Magnolia Independent School District

www.magnoliaisd.org • 281-356-3571

magnolia isd west high school

Magnolia ISD is one of the fastest growing districts in the state of Texas. The district has approximately 1600 employees. In 1993-94, there were 4,021 students. In the 2014-2015 school year, there were 12,458 students in the district. The fast growth of the district has been met with excellent facilities and with increased community support.

Magnolia Independent School District is one of the few that offers the highly acclaimed IB Program to those students who exemplify excellence in education.

Vision Statement

Magnolia ISD is dedicated to be the best district in the State of Texas.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Magnolia Independent School District is to provide an educational environment that will enable all students to develop essential academic skills for a lifetime of learning and to prepare students to be responsible, contributing citizens in a diverse and changing world.

Goal 1 MISD students will achieve their maximum academic potential.

Goal 2 MISD will provide a secure, nurturing, and disciplined learning environment.

Goal 3 MISD and the community will be partners in the continuing improvement of the educational system to insure unity and consistency throughout the district.

Goal 4 MISD will recruit, develop, and retain the high quality staff required to provide the best educational experience for all students.

Goal 5 MISD will effectively manage all District financial resources to  maximize the educational resources available for students.

Goal 6 MISD will incorporate state of the art technology and other tools to maximize the academic potential of students and management skills of district personnel.

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Tomball Independent School District

www.tomballisd.net • 281-357-3100

Tomball Memorial High School

The Tomball Independent School District is a highly regarded public school system that maintains a reputation for excel­lence. Encompassing 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, it is approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. It serves more than 16,000 students from pre-kinder­garten through 12th grade in 18 modern, well-equipped facilities that were designed and built with students and their needs in mind. Proactively meeting the needs of this growing area, four of new schools were opened in the last two years.

The district is committed to high student achievement characterized by quality instruction, equality of opportunities and resources, and demonstrated results. And it’s working: Tomball ISD and every one of its campuses exceeded the standard for every index of the State of Texas Assess­ment of Academic Readiness (STAAR). The professionals at Tomball ISD believe that their students will lead in creating the future, and they are working to educate them to become responsible, produc­tive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valu­able educational experiences. The students are also enriched through leadership oppor­tunities provided through organizations, clubs, and athletic teams. Learning to be a leader teaches students integrity, honesty, humility, courage, and commitment.


Additional Northwest School Districts

Houston Independent School District

Spring Independent School District