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Houston Independent School District is a public school district located in Houston, TX. It has 215,627 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 69% of students are at least proficient in math and 64% in reading.
Address
4400 W 18th St
Houston, TX 77092
Telephone
(713) 556-6000

Houston Independent School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
64%
Percent Proficient - Math
69%
Average Graduation Rate
78%
Average SAT
1090
6,636 responses
Average ACT
26
1,194 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
215,627
Free or Reduced Lunch
76.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$50,981
Teachers in First/Second Year
20.1%

Finances

Total Expenses
$2,096,600,000
Expenses Per Student
$10,414/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    36%
  • 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!
At HISD (Houston Independent School District) I feel I can learn so much about life, they have so many opportunities for me to thrive in, they have National Junior Honor Society (for which I am an active member of), they have the debate team which allows you to use your voice to be heard in a positive way, and they even have a green thumb club where you can learn how to eat healthier and more natural by growing your very own vegetables and fruits right in your own backyard! Those are just some of the excellent opportunities HiSD has to offer. They also offer lifelong friendships with Teachers and Counselors who try they're very best to give us the very best learning experience. And I am proud to say I am an HISD kid!