The area is fortunate to be served by a number of academically sound public school systems, as well as private/parochial schools.
Channelview Independent School District (CISD) is a known for its reputation of outstanding student achievement. With an enrollment of more than 9,500 students, the district is recognized as a leader in education. The district has earned the Met Standard rating under the Texas Education Agency’s accountability system for four consecutive years. In addition, Channelview ISD schools received 18 Distinction Designation honors from the Texas Education Agency for exemplary academic performance on specific areas of the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams. Channelview ISD is also proud of its high graduation rates, as they have surpassed the state average four years in a row. Programs such as the Modified Early College Academy have been successful as 79 students have received their Associate’s Degree, along with their high school diploma over the past six years. The district has 12 campuses, including a pre-K center, seven elementary schools, two junior high campuses, high school and alternative school. Channelview High School has also been the recipient of the U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools. Schools were awarded based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. 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, its 1,292 employees that are committed to making certain that every child in Channelview receives the best education possible.
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 26 campuses and employs approximately 3,200 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. Excellence in All, For All, By All is the focus of GPISD. The District is committed to preparing students to become productive citizens and lifelong learners. Recognizing no two students are alike, staff members continually hone their craft, learning innovative ways to focus instruction, enabling each student to be an active and successful learner. The district partners with various business, education and government entities to provide college and career readiness opportunities 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 million 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 has continually awarded the district top scores, 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.
Sheldon Independent School District (SISD) The district currently serves a diverse student population of more than 10,222 on 11 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 around 4 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 students will have choices after graduation, whether it be attending a four- year university, serving in the military, or joining the work force. 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 is an exciting place to be! To learn more, call (281) 727-2000, visit www.sheldonisd.com, find us on Facebook and Twitter, or contact the district at 11411 C.E. King Pkwy., Houston 77044. “Sheldon ISD – Every Child, Every Day.”
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 the Codwell Hall, Learning Hub, Roland Smith Truck Driving Academy, Public Safety Center of Excellence and Global Energy Center of Excellence. Surrounded by manufacturing, chemical, petroleum, engineering and energy businesses, the HCC Global Energy Center of Excellence 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 Center of Excellence. 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.hccs.edu.
San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County for more than 50 years. The North Campus, one of the College’s four campuses, is 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 and early college high school program, allowing high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school, and even 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 puts everyone on his or her own path to success. Whether it is a skills credential to move up in a career, a technical certification, an associate degree, or a transfer pathway to a four-year college or university, 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 instructors and professors, and engage with a rich academic curriculum that prepares them for the next step in their lives, whether personal or professional. San Jacinto College ranks in the top 10 out of more than 1,100 community colleges in the nation in awarding the associate degree. No matter what a student seeks, San Jacinto College is here to help create that path.