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Education in Houston

As you would expect in a city the size of Houston, educational opportunities and options are abundant and varied. Within the nine-county greater metropolitan area, there are more than 60 school districts, dozens of state-approved charter schools, and roughly 200 private schools from which to choose. The Houston Independent School District (Houston ISD) is the largest public school district in Texas and the seventh largest in the nation. From day care and preschools to community colleges and nationally ranked universities, Houston possesses a full range of educational opportunities for all ages.

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Houston Area Independent School Districts

More than 1.3 million students are enrolled in independent school districts (ISDs) and charter schools throughout the Houston region. The largest, Houston ISD, covers a 333-square-mile area with more than 280 campuses and 213,000 enrolled students. To see education accountability ratings by district, click the link below. 

Colleges and Universities

The Houston region has more than 40 two-year community colleges and four-year universities, including three Tier 1 universities: Rice University, University of Houston and the nearby Texas A&M University in College Station. Houston-area colleges and universities educate nearly 430,000 students and graduate more than 100,000 students annually. 

The region also has 50 trade, vocational and business schools specializing in law, healthcare, welding, process technology and various other disciplines that enroll an additional 20,000 students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Click below to see local colleges and universities ranked by U.S. News & World Report. 


Educational Attainment in Houston

Get insight into Houston's well-educated workforce with strengths in the science, engineering and business fields of study.

Neighborhoods & Communities

Houston offers a wide variety of neighborhoods to suit the taste and budget of residents. Find your perfect neighborhood.

Arts & Culture

Houston is one of only a handful of cities in the country with resident companies in all of the major performing arts disciplines including opera, drama, musical theater, symphony and ballet. There are also 19 different arts and cultural institutions that make up the walkable Museum District.

Sports & Recreation

With four major league sports teams, an abundance of bike and jogging trails and some of largest urban parks in the nation, Houston is a great place to experience the outdoors.

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