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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    C-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Houston Independent School District is a public school district located in Houston, TX. It has 209,772 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 43% of students are at least proficient in math and 39% in reading.

Houston Independent School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
39%
Percent Proficient - Math
43%
Average Graduation Rate
79%
Average SAT
1110
8,796 responses
Average ACT
26
1,538 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
209,772
Free or Reduced Lunch
77%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$50,258
Teachers in First/Second Year
20.1%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$13,833/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    52%
  • Support Services
    42%
  • Other
    6%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$79,395
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,233
National
$949
Median Home Value
$352,540
National
$184,700

Houston Independent School District Reviews

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HISD has provided me with great experiences. I have attended 2 schools within this district. One focused on academics while the other helped international students adapt to the environment. With that being said, each school is diverse and very welcoming. Most of the teachers are great! You can tell they care about the impact they make on their students. They encourage students to join sports and clubs focused on STEM/ interests. The district also provides free transportation and free/ reduced lunch for kids who are eligible.
One less thing to worry about!
The good thing is that they allow students to transfer schools if they are not satisfied with that school. The whole process is really easy too.
However, HISD could work on their response time in critical times like in the flooding season. They need to prioritize student/staff safety over attendance.
Overall, good district. I feel prepared for college and I believe I am provided the resources available to succeed.
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Honestly, one of the greatest school districts ever. I have attended 3 different school districts and the Houston Independent School District is by far my favorite. The people surrounding you and upbringing you are extremely generous, open minded, understanding, and role model citizens. Your administration are very supportive of you. You get to bond with your classmates which are a very diverse group of students in most cases coming from different social classes. You feel like your never alone because there is someone always right their to notice any sudden change,whether its your change in attitude, physical appearance, or body gesture, and ask are you okay. HISD takes pride in making the school a fun environment and encourages students to never give up by being there for you! HISD is a large school district and has been flourishing for many years.
Houston Independent School District is a very decent school district for the size and the amount of metropolitan Houston students it has! One thing I would request they change is the response to natural disasters, students and their parents shouldn't have to choose between flooding their cars and risking the safety of their family, to get to school on time when school shouldn't even be open.