Houston School Reviews & Profiles
We currently currently profile 83 of Houston's best private and application-based public schools. Anyone can apply to these schools regardless of where they live. Some of the profiled public schools are also "zoned" schools, meaning that students lucky enough to live in a certain area do not have to apply to attend. However, there are no public schools on this site that do not have a way to attend through an application-based program.
Map of Profiled Schools
Our editorial staff has reviewed more than 80 Houston private and select public schools
Private schools are tuition-charging, non-governmental institutions. Compared to public schools, private schools generally have much more flexibility to serve a particular type of family or student.
For example, some private schools target very smart students, others target those with special academic needs, and many Houston private schools are faith based. Every child attending a private school must apply and be accepted to attend.
Private Schools by Affiliation
Public schools are taxpayer-funded, governmental institutions. Compared to private schools, public schools must follow generally strict anti-discrimination guidelines and be able to adequately educate any student that walks in the door. Any student living within a "zoned" school's geographic area of enrollment may automatically attend that school at no cost and with very little hassle.
However, there are some special schools, "magnet" schools that do cater to specific types of students and require an application to attend. This site focus on these select public schools. For families residing within the Houston city limits, the two main school districts are Houston and Spring Branch Independent School Districts.
Houston Independent School District (HISD)
According to the district, Houston Independent School District is the largest in Texas and the seventh largest in the United States. Approximately 211,000 students throughout Houston attend 282 schools. In the 2012-2013 academic year, 15% were Gifted/ Talented and 92% of students were categorized as Title I, "economically disadvantaged."
Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD)
According to SBISD, more than 180,000 residents living in approximately a 44 square mile area in the Memorial/ Spring Branch neighborhoods of Houston and 6 incorporated villages send students to its district. The incorporated villages are Bunker Hill, Hedwig, Hilshire, Hunters Creek, Piney Point, and Spring Valley.
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