About Houston


Mural Photo Educational opportunities play a key role in Houston's quality of life. Houston is a City known to be rich with distinguished school districts and prominent colleges and universities.

Newcomers with families and those wishing to pursue higher education are amazed at the City's countless educational opportunities.

Houston-area independent school districts operate with the basic premise that every child can and should learn.

Houston educators and the community as a whole are working toward creating a high-quality educational environment to serve the needs of an increasingly diverse student population.

The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is the largest school district in the Houston area. Ranked as the nation's seventh largest district, HISD serves 312 square miles with 288 schools, 13,000 teachers and more than 210,000 students.

HISD serves a dynamic, highly diversified community and is one of Houston's largest business enterprises.

Other educational options in Houston include a diverse selection of private schools.

Other Area Independent School Districts

  • Aldine
  • Alief
  • Channelview
  • Clear Creek
  • Conroe
  • Katy
  • Klein
  • Sheldon
  • Tomball
  • Crosby
  • Cypress - Fairbanks
  • Deer Park
  • Fort Bend
  • Galena Park
  • Galveston
  • Goose Creek
  • Houston
  • Huffman
  • Humble
  • La Porte
  • Lamar
  • North Forest
  • Pasadena
  • Spring
  • Spring Branch

The City of Houston Public Library, a department of the City of Houston, consists of a Central Library complex in downtown Houston, and a genealogical research library. It also offers 35 neighborhood branches, services for children and parents at the Children's Museum of Houston and for patients at M.D. Anderson Hospital, and a book-by-mail service for the homebound. It serves the seventh largest service population in the country and has more than 300 public computer terminals. These terminals offer access to the library's catalog, the Internet, and extensive electronic databases.

Houston boasts more than 40 colleges, university and institutions - offering higher education options to suit all interests.

Higher Education in Houston

  • Houston Baptist Univ.
  • Houston Community College System
  • Lone Star College System
  • Rice Univ.
  • San Jacinto Community College
  • Texas Southern Univ.
  • Univ. of Houston
  • Univ. of St. Thomas