Houston Education School System

Houston Education School System

Educational opportunities play a key role in Houston’s quality of life. Houston is a City known to be rich with distinguished school districts and prominent colleges and universities.

The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is the largest school district in the Houston area. Ranked as the nation’s seventh largest district, HISD serves 312 square miles with 288 schools, 13,000 teachers and more than 210,000 students.

Newcomers with families and those wishing to pursue higher education are amazed at the City’s countless educational opportunities.

Houston-area independent school districts operate with the basic premise that every child can and should learn.

HISD serves a dynamic, highly diversified community and is one of Houston’s largest business enterprises.

Houston educators and the community as a whole are working toward creating a high-quality educational environment to serve the needs of an increasingly diverse student population.

Other educational options in Houston include a diverse selection of private schools.





Clear Creek



Cypress – Fairbanks

Deer Park

Fort Bend

Galena Park


Goose Creek






La Porte

North Forest




Spring Branch


The City of Houston Public Library, a department of the City of Houston, consists of a Central Library complex in downtown Houston, and a genealogical research library. It also offers 35 neighborhood branches, services for children and parents at the Children’s Museum of Houston and for patients at M.D. Anderson Hospital, and a book-by-mail service for the homebound. It serves the seventh largest service population in the country and has more than 300 public computer terminals. These terminals offer access to the library’s catalog, the Internet, and extensive electronic databases.

Houston boasts more than 40 colleges, university and institutions – offering higher education options to suit all interests.

Gifted & Talented Houston Students

Houston Schools families who have children who are identified as “gifted” or “talented” academically face unique problems. The biggest one is ensuring that the child in question is being adequately challenged, without suffering burn-out. “I’m bored” is one of those phrases that all parents hate hearing. I mean really hate. It’s frustrating for a parent to be relied upon for entertaining and keeping the child busy, especially when that child is of school-age. By the time they are in 2nd or 3rd grade, kids should be able to find things to entertain and keep themselves occupied. The bright ones are no exception, and may be the ones doing the most complaining. Too often, kids who aren’t being challenged in school get themselves into trouble. Some see no point in even attending classes, are truant, or get into things they shouldn’t. Keeping these Houston Public Schools kids busy and challenged is the best way to ensure that none of the situations mentioned above occur.

Houston Schools are working to make their centers of learning ones where the gifted and talented are continually challenged with unique magnet programs and rigorous standards.

Starting in the ’07-’08 school year, students who are gifted or academically talented will all attend magnet schools called Vanguard Schools. Students are identified for placement in a Vanguard School by looking at various indicators and traits. The “identification matrix” used by Houston Schools includes test scores from the Stanford/Aprenza exam and the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test. Report-card points and teacher recommendations are also considered.

Students who have limited English proficiency, are enrolled in special education, or qualify as having low socioeconomic status are also considered for placement in one of these special Houston Schools. These Houston Schools are continuously monitored to help ensure that high-quality and more-rigorous instruction is provided in all classrooms. These Houston Schools students are expected to score above grade-level on the Stanford test. In addition, any of these Houston Schools high-school students who are enrolled in a Vanguard School are required to take a minimum of two advanced-academic courses (ex: Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or dual-credit).

Having programs like the Vanguard Schools help make Houston Schools a desirable place to be and learn. Most kids who fall into the “Gifted and Talented” category want to be challenged and learn more. However, these kids look at the world a little differently than most, and require a unique program that will serve their needs. Houston Schools have made sure to identify these students and provide them with excellent places that they can attend to make the most of their public Houston Schools education.

Houston Colleges and University Location Map

Houston Colleges and Universities Location Map

Greater Houston Area Colleges and Universities Location Map

Accredited two-year and four-year Houston area Title IV colleges as reported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the National Center for Education Statistics. Institutions participating in Title IV financial aid programs must offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, have been in business for at least 2 years, and have signed a participation agreement with the department.

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Baylor College of Medicine — 713-798-4951
One Baylor Plaza, Suite 143-A, Houston, TX 77030
Houston Baptist University — 281-649-3000
7502 Fondren, Houston, TX 77074
Prairie View A&M University — 936-857-3311
P.O. Box 188, Prairie View, TX 77446
Rice University — 713-348-8101
P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251
Sam Houston State University — 936-294-1111
1803 Ave. I, Huntsville, TX 77341
South Texas College of Law — 713-646-1819
1303 San Jacinto, Houston, TX 77002
Texas A&M University-Galveston — 409-740-4400
P.O. Box 1675, Galveston, TX 77553
Texas A&M University — 979-845-2217
805 Rudder Tower, College Station, TX 77843
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center — 979-845-7902
John B. Connolly Building, College Station, TX 77840
Texas Southern University — 713-313-7036
3100 Cleburne, Houston, TX 77004
Texas Woman’s University Institute of Health Sciences-Houston — 713-794-2331
1130 M.D. Anderson Blvd., Houston, TX 77030
The University Center — 936-273-7510
3232 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77384
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center — 713-792-8500
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030
The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center — 713-500-3000
7000 Fannin, Suite 150, Houston, TX 77030
University of Houston — 713-743-8820
4800 Calhoun, Houston, TX 77024
University of Houston System at Cinco Ranch — 281-395-2800
4242 S. Mason Road, Katy, TX 77450
University of Houston System at Fort Bend — 281-275-3300
550 Julie Rivers Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77478
University of Houston-Clear Lake — 713-283-7600
2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058
University of Houston-Downtown — 713-221-8000
One Main, Houston, TX 77002
University of St. Thomas — 713-525-2160
3800 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston — 409-772-1902
301 University Blvd., Suite 604, Galveston, TX 77555
LeTourneau University — 713-622-1368
1233 West Loop South, Suite 900, Houston, TX 77027
Our Lady of the Lake University-Houston — 281-618-5499
2700 W. W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073
Southern Methodist University (Perkins School of Theology) — 713-662-9768
3471 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77027
Southern Methodist University Advanced Computer Education Center-Houston —
713-662-9768 — 6575 West Loop South, Suite 700, Bellaire, TX 77401
University of Phoenix-Houston Campus — 713-465-9966
11511 Katy Freeway, Suite 590, Houston, TX 77079


Alvin Community College — 281-331-6111
3110 Mustang Road, Alvin, TX 77511
Blinn College — 979-830-4000
902 College Ave., Brenham, TX 77833
Brazosport College — 979-230-3000
500 College Drive, Lake Jackson, TX 77566
College of the Mainland — 409-938-1211
1200 Amburn Road, Texas City, TX 77591
Galveston College — 409-763-6551
4015 Ave. Q, Galveston, TX 77550
Houston Community College System — Central — 713-718-6040
1300 Holman, Houston, TX 77004
Houston Community College System — Northeast College — 281-718-8010
401 Northline Mall, Houston, TX 77022
Houston Community College System — Northwest College — 281-718-5721
1550 Foxlake Drive, Suite 101, Houston, TX 77084
Houston Community College System — Southeast College — 281-718-7071
6815 Rustic, Houston, TX 77087
Houston Community College System — Southwest College — 713-718-7748
5407 Gulfton, Houston, TX 77081
Lee College — 281-427-5611
511 S. Whiting, Baytown, TX 77520
North Harris College — 281-618-5400
2700 W. W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073
North Harris Montgomery Community College District — 281-260-3500
250 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. East, Houston, TX 77060
North Harris Montgomery Community College District — Kingwood College —
20000 Kingwood Drive, Houston, TX 77339
North Harris Montgomery Community College District — Cy-Fair College —
9191 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress TX 77433
North Harris Montgomery Community College District — Montgomery College —
3200 Texas 242 West, Conroe, TX 77384
North Harris Montgomery Community College District — Tomball College —
30555 Tomball Pkwy., Tomball, TX 77375
San Jacinto College Central — 281-476-1501
8060 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, TX 77505
San Jacinto College North — 281-458-4050
5800 Uvalde Road, Houston, TX 77049
San Jacinto College South Campus — 281-484-1900
13735 Beamer Road, Houston, TX 77089
Texas State Technical College — 281-238-8646
1707 Ave. L, Rosenberg, TX 77471
Wharton County Junior College — 979-532-4560
911 Boling Highway, Wharton, TX 77488
American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine — 713-780-9777
9100 Park West Drive, Houston, TX 77063
Center for Advanced Legal Studies — 713-529-2778
3910 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098
College of Biblical Studies — 713-785-5995
6000 Dale Carnegie, Houston, TX 77036
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service — 281-873-0262
415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, TX 77090
Houston Gradate School of Theology — 713-942-9505
131 Holman, Houston, TX 77004
ITT Technical Institute — 281-486-2630
2222 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058
ITT Technical Institute — 281-873-0512
15621 Blue Ash Drive, Suite 160, Houston, TX 77090
ITT Technical Institute — 713-952-2294
2950 S. Gessner, Houston, TX 77063
MTI College of Business and Technology — 713-974-7181
7277 Regency Square Blvd., Houston, TX 77036
MTI College of Business and Technology — 281-333-3363
1275 Space Park Drive, Houston, TX 77058
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary — 713-643-4303
4101 Broadway, Houston, TX 77087
Texas Bible College — 713-926-8808
816 Evergreen, Houston, TX 77023
Texas Chiropractic College — 281-487-1170
5912 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, TX 77505
The Art Institute of Houston — 713-623-2040
1900 Yorktown, Houston, TX 77056
Universal Technical Institute — 281-443-6262
721 Lockhaven, Houston, TX 77073
Westwood College Of Aviation Technology — 713-774-2521
8880 Telephone Road, Houston, TX 77061

Houston Texas City Overview

Houston Texas – City Overview

Houston’s Downtown District

Downtown Houston is central to the largest city in state of Texas. Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States, and is one of the top producing economic areas in the Gulf Coast region. The city of Houston is located in Harris County which holds title to that of the third most populous county in the United States. The City of Houston extends beyond Harris County with a portion of its southwest region extending into Fort Bend County and northeast a portion extending into Montgomery County.

Downtown Houston holds the site in which the Allen brothers first landed to establish the city of Houston. At Allen’s Landing, (which lies across from the University of Houston Downtown) John Kirby Allen and Augustus Chapman Allen founded Houston in 1836. Houston continues to be one of the fastest growing major cities in the United States and has held this title for quite some time. The 2004 Census estimates Houston’s population at more than 2 million.

Downtown Houston is central as the main cultural and economic center of the Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery County area. These counties coupled with 7 addition counties make the Greater Houston Area the seventh largest metropolitan area in the United States with a population beyond 5.2 million residents.

Downtown Houston and the Greater Houston area are world renowned for its energy, medical, and aeronautics industries. Houston is also famous for its ship channel. The Port of Houston is one of the busiest ports in the United States and second in the world in foreign tonnage. As the result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Port of Houston is handling even greater tonnage as the Port of New Orleans undergoes repairs. Second only to New York City in Fortune 500 headquarters, Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center.

The Texas Medical Center is the world’s largest and most important concentration of research and healthcare institutions. This city unto itself is also experiencing a phenomenal rate of expansion as biotechnology and nanotechnology emerge as Houston dominated industries.

Houston has much to offer, including the lowest cost of living and the least-expensive housing among 27 major U.S. metropolitan areas with populations of more than 1.7 million.
Houston ranks in the top 10 in the follow categories:

#1 Least-Expensive Housing among 27 Metropolitan Areas with Populations of More Than 2 Million
ACCRA Cost of Living Index, First Quarter 2003

Least-Expensive City for Cost of Living Alone
Forbes.com, Best Cities for Singles, June 2004

Largest Collection of African-American Art in the Country, Museum of Fine Arts
Los Angeles Times, September 9, 2004

Most Diverse University Campus (University of Houston)
U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges Guide,” September 2002
#2 Fortune 500 Headquarters (in the city)
Fortune 500, April 5, 2004

Best Cities for African-American Families
BET.com, September 2002

#3 Top U.S. Cities for Starting or Expanding a Business
ING U.S. Financial Services Gazelle Index, February 2004

#5 Top Metro Areas Favored for Relocations or Expansions
Plants Sites & Parks Magazine, March 2003

Top U.S. Cities for Black Americans
Black Enterprise Magazine, June 2004
#7 Potential for Economic Growth
The Rise of the Creative Class
By Professor Richard Florida of Carnegie Mellon University, May 2002

#8 Fastest-growing Metro Areas for Women-Owned Businesses
Center for Women’s Business Research, February 2004

Houston has been nicknamed the Space City as it is home to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, home of the Mission Control Center (referred to by space missions as simply “Houston”). Houston offers a wide range of business, entertainment and cultural opportunities, including a respected and thriving theater district central in Houston Downtown. For residents living in Downtown Houston the sunny beaches of Galveston are less than an hour’s drive away. Residents in Houston’s Downtown area also enjoy the benefits of proximity as Downtown has apartments, lofts and luxury residential high rises to fit all tastes and lifestyles. Downtown Houston is also home to shopping and retail with tunnel, street level, and high-rise shops numbering in the hundreds. Additionally the benefit of being centrally located between both major Houston airports insures that Downtown Houston is the center of Houston’s mass-transit system. For those on the move in both career and education, the University of Houston Downtown offers an environment that caters to the working professional in Houston’s Downtown area. Additionally South Texas College of law furthers central Houston’s role in success and achievement. For those with few hours in the day Downtown Houston offers such amenities as childcare centers, a hospital, clinics and dozens of doctors and dentists.
Houston is the fourth most populous city in the nation (trailing only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago), and is the largest in the southern U.S. and Texas.

Founded in 1836, the City of Houston has a population of 1.9 million.

Houston metro area’s population of 4.8 million is 10th largest among U.S. metropolitan statistical areas.

Houston has professional teams representing every major sport.

More than 38 million people each year fly in and out of Houston’s two major airports: Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby.

Houstonians eat out more than residents of any other city. Houston has more than 11,000 restaurants.

Houston has a Theater District second only to New York City in terms of a concentration of seats in a single geographic area. Located downtown, the 17-block Theater District is home to eight performing arts organizations with more than 12,000 seats.

Houston has a unique museum district offering a range of museums, galleries, art and cultural institutions, including the Houston’s major museums.

Houston has more than 500 cultural, visual and performing arts organizations, 90 of which are devoted to multicultural and minority arts.

More than 90 languages are spoken throughout the Houston area.

Houston is home to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The largest rodeo in the world, it attracts more than 1.8 million visitors each year.

Houston has a young population; 37 percent of Houstonians are 24 years old or younger and 34 percent are between the ages of 25 and 44.

Houston boasts more than 40 colleges, university and institutions – offering higher education options to suit all interests.

Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, with a local economic impact of $10 billion. More than 52,000 people work within its facilities, which encompass 21 million square feet. Altogether 4.8 million patients visit them each year.

Home to 18 Fortune 500 companies and more than 5,000 energy related firms, Houston is considered by many as the Energy Capital of the world. Companies headquarted in Houston include Halliburton, ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil Corp and Dynegy.

The Port of Houston ranks as the nation’s largest port in international tonnage and second in total tonnage.

Houston has the most affordable housing of 10 most populated metropolitan areas; Houston housing costs are 39 percent below the average of 26 U.S. urban populations of more than 1.5 million.

Houston has the second lowest cost of living among major American cities.

Greater Houston Area Independent School Districts

Greater Houston Area Independent School Districts

Complete List of Independent School Districts in Houston Texas

New Houston ISD’s
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Aldine ISD

Alief ISD

Clear Creek ISD

Conroe ISD (The Woodlands)

Cy-Fair ISD

Cy-Fair College

Crosby ISD

Channelview ISD

Deerpark ISD

Fort Bend ISD

Galena Park ISD

Goose Creek ISD

Houston ISD

Humble ISD

Huffman ISD

Katy ISD

Klein ISD

Lamar ISD

LaPorte ISD

Magnolia ISD

Montgomery ISD

North Forest ISD

Pasedena ISD

Pearland ISD

Sheldon ISD

Spring Branch ISD

Spring ISD

Stafford ISD

Tomball ISD

Waller ISD

Facts about Expired Listings

Facts About Expired Listings

Nearly 15% to 25% of all listings do not sell.
The market rejects them.
In other words, the market did not accept the Marketing Effort, the Price, the Condition, the Location, or a combination of these areas—perhaps all four of them!

The good thing is that you control two of these areas: Price and Condition. We control one: Marketing Efforts.

Marketing Effort
Staging and Pricing Strategies

For Sale Signs, Rider Signs, Directional Signs

Tube or Box with Flyers and Distribution of Flyers in Neighborhood

Flyers in House/Comment Cards

Multiple Listing Service

Web Listings with Virtual Tour

Open House Program

Track Showings/Collect Feedback

Weekly Seller Updates

Property Caravans

And more!

A hundred dollar bill is a great metaphor: they all look good, but people will always choose the nice, clean, crisp one over a dirty wrinkled one. How does your house look to others? This is the crucial important difference between Showing condition and Living condition.

Being overpriced is usually the reason a home did not sell, but condition will help determine what the market is willing to pay. Remember that YOU control price and condition. The wrong price attracts the wrong buyers. It creates a bad reputation for the house in the market place and makes properly priced homes look even better. Would anyone intentionally put their home on the market to help sell the competition?

Nobody can do a thing about their location except to accent the positives and minimize the negatives.