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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
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  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
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  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
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Houston Independent School District is a public school district located in Houston, TX. It has 216,106 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 71% of students are at least proficient in math and 63% in reading.
About Houston Independent School District...
Address
4400 W 18th St
Houston, TX 77092
Telephone
(713) 556-9566

Houston Independent School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
63%
Percent Proficient - Math
71%
Average Graduation Rate
79%
Average SAT
1100
7,772 responses
Average ACT
26
1,375 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
216,106
Free or Reduced Lunch
77%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,772
Teachers in First/Second Year
20.1%

Finances

Total Expenses
$2,096,600,000
Expenses Per Student
$10,544/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    59%
  • Support Services
    35%
  • Other
    6%

Houston Independent School District Reviews

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What I like about Houston Independent School District is the teacher's effort to help children of different learning styles, racial backgrounds and socioeconomic groups, learn within the same classroom. They practice what they preach and look out for any student, no matter the circumstance. The teacher's patience and hard work have positively effected their students future as well as mine! I went from having difficulty learning one set way to being open to complex styles of learning which I adopted in order to excel within the classroom. I would love to see more one on one teacher parent or councilor-student interactions, so that a clear understanding of the importance of education is made. Often kids become discouraged about school if they don't have a good support system. If the schools could provide this support system, more students will fell encouraged about going to school, and eventually going off to college.
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Throughout my time as a student in HISD, I've felt that I've been well prepared for college. The schools that I've attended have been nice, well taken care of, and well staffed. I absolutely love my teachers, and I think that most schools are ethnically and culturally diverse. For such a large district, we have a wide variety of great schools and sports. It's hard to rate parent involvement over the whole district, but from my experience, most parents have been generally active and supportive. I think that the district handles itself well. While I think that some programs deserve more funding, I believe that Houston has a great school system, and you wouldn't be placing your child at a disadvantage by sending them to a Houston school.

Attending all HISD schools has prepared me to attend an Ivy League in the coming fall!
The Houston Independent School District gives students, especially those who are underrepresented, a chance to exceed average expectations and a unique learning experience depending upon which school you attend and the are. They mostly have student field trips, and lots of student led activities and fundamental resources to help their students get to college, once again depending. The only concern that I have is that sometimes they come off to be very unorganized and careless concerning the students personal life. They're harsh about attendance, which is understandable, but what are you doing wrong as a district that has these kids not coming to school. I just truly believe that districts in general should be more involved in the students life so that they feel like they have a chance to make it through college and have a way out of their current circumstances that doesn't involve getting caught up in something that will lead them to the grave or jail.