The area is fortunate to be served by a number of academically sound public school systems, as well as private/parochial schools.


Galena Park Independent School District (GPISD) encompasses 33 square miles along the ship channel in east Harris County. The district has a current enrollment of more than 22,000 students on 23 campuses, and employs approximately 3,000 people. Through the commitment of dedicated staff and supportive parents, GPISD ensures all students receive a rich and inspiring education. The district provides many learning opportunities to foster curiosity, creativity and participation in the world.

LEADING LEARNING SERVING is the focus of GPISD. The district is leading students toward a brighter future filled with hope, promise and happiness. Recognizing that no two students are alike, staff members are learning new ways to teach, apply and focus instruction that enables each student to be a successful and active learner. Faculty and staff take time daily to reflect how best to serve students. This is done not because it is a job but because it is a calling.


The district partners with various business, education and government entities to provide opportunities and inspiration for students. For example, through a partnership with San Jacinto College, the MECA (Modified Early  College Academy) program allows students to graduate with a high school diploma and an Associate degree. Partnerships with Harris County have brought the Almatha C. Taylor Clinic and the South Side Clinic to local communities. Furthermore, the Education Foundation has awarded more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and innovative teaching grants since its inception in 1998.


Innovation, planning and teamwork are key components of GPISD’s success. While there are many accolades that bear witness to the success of the district, the Financial Allocation Study for Texas awarded the district top scores four years in a row, stating GPISD has a very low spending index relative to the quality of education students receive. GPISD remains committed to educating students in a safe and secure environment while being a good steward of the resources with which they are entrusted. For more information, visit www.galenaparkisd.com or call (832) 386-1000.


Channelview Independent School District (CISD) is a known for its reputation of outstanding student achievement. The district has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students and is located approximately 15 miles east of downtown Houston.

The district has 13 campuses, administration building, fairgrounds, maintenance headquarters and a transportation facility. There is a pre-K center, seven elementary schools, two junior high campuses, ninth grade center, high school, alternative high school, and a discipline school.

The district met the state’s standard under the Texas Education Agency’s accountability ratings. Five Channelview campuses also received special recognition for their performance in different academic areas.

Special programs are available through accelerated programs, special education, bilingual education, Career and Technical Education, English as a Second Language, gifted and talented education, and advanced placement and honors programs.

CISD has a rich history of being “actively engaged in the future of the community”. The district was established in 1937 and at that time employed eight teachers. Today, it has 1,200 employees that are committed to making certain that every child in Channelview receives the best education possible. For more information, visit www.cvisd.org or call (281)452-8002.


Sheldon Independent School District (SISD) is a small district with a BIG Vision! The district currently serves a diverse  student population of more than 7,700 on ten campuses in northeast Harris County. Sheldon ISD is one of the fastest growing  school districts in the Houston area. The district is maintaining an average growth rate of three to four percent every year.

Sheldon ISD is committed to its students. The goal of SISD teachers and administrators is to provide the best education possible  so that our students will have choices after graduation, whether it be attending a four year university or joining the work force. We  want our students to be prepared and ready for the challenge.

The district offers an Early College High School program in which students can obtain a high school degree and an associate’s degree in four years. Sheldon ISD also offers advanced placement, dual credit classes, and exemplary fine arts and academic programs.

The district also provides numerous extracurricular opportunities that allow students to learn teamwork and good sportsmanship. Sheldon students have excelled in various programs at the state and national levels, including the Air Force JROTC and FFA programs.

Sheldon ISD recently celebrated the opening of two new additions to C.E. King High School. The Sheldon Early College High School students now have their own facility, on the back side of the campus. The district also built a Tennis Center that features locker rooms and meeting rooms. Construction is currently underway on a competition gym that will hold over 1,800 spectators.  The 50,000 square foot facility opens in December of 2014.

Sheldon ISD is an exciting place to be! To learn more, call (281) 727-2000, visit www.sheldonisd.com, find us on Facebook and Twitter, download our free Sheldon ISD app, or contact the district at 11411 C.E. King Pkwy., Houston 77044. “We are Sheldon – a community of learners, sharing the past, shaping the future.”


Houston Independent School District
Some students in the western portion of the North Channel area attend HISD schools and are served by the East District office. (713) 923-8597


Private/Parochial/Charter Schools The area offers opportunities for students to attend excellent private/parochial schools. Holy Trinity Episcopal School serves students from pre-K through 12th grade, and Our Lady of Fatima in Galena Park serves students from pre-K to 6th grade. The Rhodes School currently serves Pre-K through the Seventh Grade.


San Jacinto College North has been serving the citizens of East Harris County for more than 50 years. The North Campus, one of the College’s three campuses, is actively involved in the community, and a pillar for higher education and workforce training in the region. The College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. In addition, San Jacinto College offers a robust dual credit program, allowing high school students the opportunity to earn an associate degree and high school diploma simultaneously through the Modified Early College Academy.

San Jacinto College understands that not everyone is a traditional student. Goals and scheduling demands are unique to each individual. That’s why the College has developed a system that will put everyone on their own path to success. Whether it’s a skills credential to move up in a career, a technical certification, or an associate degree that an individual seeks, San Jacinto College has the right program.

San Jacinto College is a college of opportunities and achievement.  The College creates goals and pathways for those who are searching for the right career or transfer, provides the financial and learning assistance needed for those who know their goals but need help achieving them, offers courses to upgrade skills and abilities for those who want a career change or a promotion, provides a rich, interactive learning environment that places the student at the center of learning and accomplishment.

Students at San Jacinto College learn from master teachers and engage with a rich academic curriculum that prepares them for the next step in their lives. Several programs have earned the prestigious Exemplary Workforce Education Program rating from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and partners with local school districts and industry leaders to prepare the next generation of workers. Visit www.sjcd.edu for more information.


Houston Community College (HCC)-Northeast, established in 1990, is one of six colleges in the Houston Community College System. Located in Houston’s industrial nucleus, HCC-Northeast focuses on preparing students for high-demand technical and vocational occupations. Career programs and services are offered at instructional centers across northeast Houston that include Northline Campus, North Forest Campus, Pinemont Center, Automotive Technology Training Center, and the Northeast Campus.

The Northeast Campus at 555 Community College Drive in east Houston is comprised of five high-tech educational facilities that allow students to obtain hands-on career training with state-of-the-art equipment and instruments. Campus facilities include Codwell Hall, Learning Hub, Roland Smith Truck Driving Academy, Public Safety Institute, and the Science, Engineering and Technology Building that houses the HCC Northeast Division of Science & Engineering Technologies.

Surrounded by manufacturing, chemical, petroleum, engineering and energy businesses, the HCC Northeast Division of Science & Engineering Technologies is a direct conduit for industries looking to supplement its workforce with trained workers with hands-on experience in the energy industry. HCC-Northeast also provides dual credit and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education opportunities for high school students through a partnership with Houston ISD.

Additionally, HCC-Northeast is one of the largest vocational contributors to the city’s emergency response industry through its exemplary programs offered at the Public Safety Institute. HCC-Northeast trains first responders in Fire Protection Technology, Emergency Medical Services, and Law Enforcement.

HCC-Northeast is a comprehensive college that offers AAS degrees, workforce training, certificates, GED, ESL, continuing education and academic transfer courses. For information, call (713) 718-8300 or visit www.notheast.hcc.edu.