Katy Independent School District
www.katyisd.org | 281-396-6000
Katy ISD is a fast-growing district currently teaching over 76,000 students, but welcoming about 2500 more each year. It serves parts of Fort Bend County and encompasses 181 square miles. Right now, there are 66 campuses, including 7 four-year high schools, but a soon-to-be completed elementary school will open at near-maximum capacity soon.
KISD offers an outstanding instructional program with facilities, equipment and materials that are among the best in the state, and every KISD campus achieved the highest possible rating under the 2016 Texas state accountability system.
Each year, the district receives many accolades. Katy ISD schools earn some of the highest ratings in Texas from GreatSchools. org and Children At Risk, two nonprofit groups that provide rankings based on test scores, the number of students taking advanced classes, graduation rates and other metrics. Most recently, it was named the best school district in the Houston-Metro area by Niche, and was selected for District Administration’s District of Distinction Award. For the second year in a row, Katy ISD community surpassed one million volunteer hours.
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
www.cfisd.net • 281-897-4000
Another fast-growing district is Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, 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 late 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.
Fort Bend Independent School District
www.fortbendisd.com • 281-634-1000
One of the most highly regarded school districts in Texas, the Fort Bend Independent School District offers an outstanding K-12 public education system and has more than 74,500 students attending 78 campuses. These include 11 high schools, 14 middle schools, 50 elementary schools and three unique secondary campuses addressing specialized academic need and vocational interests. With more than 11,000 full and part-time employees, FBISD is the largest employer in Fort Bend County.
FBISD is also one of the state’s most culturally diverse districts, so the schools work with students, their families and the community to meet each student’s unique needs. FBISD, its campuses and its students are routinely recognized for exemplary achievements by organizations such as The National Merit Scholars Program, the National Association of Music Merchants, Children at Risk, and the United States Presidential Scholars Program. The District’s high schools have also earned top rankings in national rankings from Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report.
Fort Bend ISD is committed to its mission to inspire and equip all students to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine.
Lamar Consolidated Independent School District
www.lcisd.org • 832-223-0000
The Lamar Consolidated Independent School District is another major player in the educational lineup for the West Houston and Katy areas. Covering more than 384 square miles, LCISD is one of the area’s largest districts geographically, with an enrollment that exceeds 30,000 students at 39 campuses.
Some of the newest and largest master-planned communities in the area are located in LCISD, with new residents attracted by the district’s high passage rate on standardized tests, its educated population (35% have bachelor’s degrees) and relatively high median income level ($87,555).
While welcoming growth, LCISD has kept its small-town values, focusing on putting students first. Campuses are designed with smaller enrollments and sixth-grade-only campuses focus on the needs of pre-adolescents to provide a smooth transition to secondary schools. Lamar CISD is an HEB Excellence in Education Large District winner and home to National Principals of the Years, Gates Millennium Scholars, National Blue Ribbon Schools, Rodeo Art Grand Champions, and State Athletic Champions. Recently, the district was named a member of the comptroller’s Honors Circle for financial and academic excellence.
Spring Branch Independent School District
www.springbranchisd.com • 713-464-1511
Some of West Houston’s most desirable and established neighborhoods are served by the Spring Branch Independent School District, which encompasses about 44 square miles of wooded suburbs and vibrant business districts located west of downtown Houston along the Katy Freeway. With an enrollment of more than 35,000 students, SBISD has 26 traditional elementary schools, 7 regular middle schools, 4 traditional high schools and 4 special campuses.
SBISD also operates two innovative and highly rated charter schools. Cornerstone Academy is a middle school, and Westchester Academy for International Studies is a middle and high school campus where students can pursue challenging International Baccalaureate program options in grades 7-12.
SBISD follows a small neighborhood school concept where attendance areas have been established for each individual school. Students go to the schools from kindergarten through high school in the attendance area in which they live, and campus attendance zones rarely change.
About half of all SBISD campuses (18) are rated Recognized or Exemplary by the Texas Education Agency (TEA); SBISD is ranked an Acceptable School District by TEA.
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 has at least 28,000 full-time employees, educates more than 214,000 students in 284 schools spread out over 333 square miles. 96% of rated HISD schools met state student progress standards, and the district has reduced students’ drop-out rate by 43% in the last 8 years.
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 works to ensure all students have access to a global education and are prepared to compete and be successful in a global society upon graduation. In fact, the district had 35 schools on The Washington Post’s 2017 list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.”