The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the eighth-largest in the United States. It serves over 194,000 students at 276 campuses and is one of the largest employers in Houston, with about 27,000 team members. The district is the two-time winner of the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education.
Six assistant superintendents oversee HISD elementary, middle, high and alternative/charter schools (respectively). A total of 30 school-support officers report to the six assistant superintendents. These individuals provide leadership to principals, align resources and support for teachers, and ensure that the district is providing equitable and quality educational opportunities to students. Parent liaisons are available to answer questions and address matters regarding district schools.
HISD’s organization is designed to emphasize teaching and learning, align school goals and programs for sustained improvement, eliminate duplicated services, and provide greater oversight of data and compliance with state laws and regulations.
HISD is a district of choice, meaning that it offers a robust portfolio of schools that allows families to choose the school that best meets their child’s academic needs and interests. Families can choose from strong neighborhood schools, magnet and specialized programs, Montessori, early college high schools, gifted and talented programs, and career and technical academies.
Houston ISD places an emphasis on ensuring our students graduate ready for the world — possessing the characteristics they need to be successful in college and to compete in today’s global workforce.