Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

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Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
Location
10300 Jones Rd.
Houston, TX 77065-4208

United States
Information
Type Public
Established December 1939
Staff 12,663 [1]
Faculty 6,725 [1]
Grades Pre-K - 12
Number of students 112,957 (as of 2014)
Website
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District Instructional Support Center, headquarters of CFISD

The Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD, often referred to as Cy-Fair) is an independent school district in northwest unincorporated Harris County, Texas, United States. Cy-Fair ISD is the largest Recognised school district in the state of Texas with 75 out of 78 campuses receiving an 'Exemplary' or 'Recognized' rating by the Texas Education Agency in 2010.[2]

The district covers a small portion of Houston (including the Fairbanks section), the city of Jersey Village, and other unincorporated areas in Harris County (including Cypress).[3][4] The district covers 188 square miles (490 km2) of land[citation needed].

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is part of the taxation base for Lone Star College System (formerly North Harris Montgomery Community College District).[5]

As of August 2014, the district had 86 general-purpose campuses (fifty-three elementary schools, 18 middle schools, eleven high schools, and four special program facilities).[2]

Cypress Fairbanks ISD television channel[edit]

Homes in the Cy-Fair ISD area get the Cy-Fair ISD channel on Comcast cable Channel 16. The channel also streams on the district's website.

History[edit]

The first official classes in the area were held in a church. However, in 1884, local residents built a one-room house on donated land.[6] In 1939, an election was held in which voters in the Cypress and Fairbanks school systems approved the creation of the Cypress-Fairbanks Consolidated School District; the measure passed by a vote of 129-66 in Cypress and 90-87 in Fairbanks.[7]

The two individuals most frequently credited for the creation of Cypress-Fairbanks Consolidated School District (CSD was changed to ISD in the early 1960s) were Trustee J. F. Bane, of the Fairbanks school system, and Superintendent E. A. Millsap (1932-1942), of the Cypress school system.[7]

Since 2006, Children at Risk, a non-profit organisation based in Houston, publishes its "Annual School Rankings" which ranks Houston metropolitan area schools using a formula going beyond the state’s school accountability system, which considers whether students passed state exams, as well as drop-out and graduation rates.[8] In 2012, Children at Risk evaluated and ranked 150 high schools in the greater Houston area and 8 CyFair-ISD high schools (out of a total of 10) appeared in the rankings.[9] Additionally, Cypress Ridge High School ranked fifth among Greater Houston’s Best Urban, Comprehensive High Schools.

Statistics[edit]

By the 2006-2007 school year, the district was the third largest in Texas with more than 70 campuses and 100,603 students.[7]

In the 2010-2011 school year the district had over 106,000 students. Of them, 42.5% were Hispanic, 31% were White, 15.5% were Black, 8% were Asian, and others included Native Americans and people of two or more races.[10]

Transportation[edit]

In 2009, in the midst of debt problems caused by decreased state funding, the board voted to only have school bus services for a resident who lives more than two miles from his or her school, as opposed to having service for residents living more than one mile away. Activity (late) bus service was also discontinued for most CFISD schools.[11] Bus service continued and was expanded to accommodate student mothers, delivering mothers and their children to schools and district funded daycares on campus. If a student has to cross a major street then bus service is available even if the student lives within 2 miles of the school. Starting in the beginning of 2013-2014 school year, activity (late) bus service are back for most CFISD schools and in the 2014 CFISD Bond, the board voted to bring back school bus services for residents living more than one mile away starting in the 2014-2015 school year.[12]

Schools[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]

Owens Elementary School
E. S. Post Elementary School (Under construction)

Middle schools[edit]

Cook Middle School
  • Anthony Middle School [3]
  • Aragon Middle School [4]
  • Arnold Middle School [5]
  • Bleyl Middle School [6]
    • National Blue Ribbon School in 1983-84 and 1990-91 [13]
  • Campbell Middle School [7]
  • Cook Middle School [8]
  • Dean Middle School [9] (Houston)
  • Goodson Middle School [10]
  • Hamilton Middle School [11]
  • Hopper Middle School [12]
  • Kahla Middle School [13]
  • Labay Middle School [14]
    • National Blue Ribbon School in 1988-89, 1992-93, and 1997-98 [13]
  • Salyards Middle School [15]
  • Smith Middle School [16]
  • Spillane Middle School [17]
  • Thornton Middle School [18]
    • National Blue Ribbon School in 1999-2000 [13]
  • Truitt Middle School [19]
  • Watkins Middle School [20]
    • National Blue Ribbon School in 2001-02 [13]
Additional information about Labay Middle School
Labay Middle School

Labay Middle School serves grades 6 through 8 and is located in the Copperfield Development. The building was the home of Langham Creek High School for one year while the high school was being built in 1984. The school was called Labay Junior High until Cy Fair ISD renamed all of its junior highs to middle schools. The school's namesake, Allen F. Labay, devoted 38 years to education and 27 years in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, including as the district superintendent. Labay was named a National Blue Ribbon School three times (88-89, 92-93, 97-98).[14] Enrollment is 1,474 students as of 2014.[15]

Additional information about Thornton Middle School

Thornton Middle School serves grades 6 through 8. The school spirit colors are mostly blue and red. Their mascot is the Patriots. Thornton's name came from Donald O. Thornton, retired Cypress-Fairbanks ISD superintendent. He served the District for 28 years as a teacher, coach, associate superintendent, and superintendent. He and his wife, Dixie, were well-respected, dedicated employees who helped to shape the direction of the school district. Enrollment is 1,396 students as of 2014.[16]

High schools[edit]

School Location Established UIL Class
Cy-Fair High School unincorporated area 1935[17] AAAAA
Jersey Village High School Jersey Village 1972 AAAAA
Cypress Creek High School unincorporated area 1977 AAAAA
Langham Creek High School unincorporated area 1984 AAAAA
Cypress Falls High School unincorporated area 1992 AAAAA
Cypress Springs High School unincorporated area 1997 AAAAA
Cypress Ridge High School unincorporated area 2002 AAAAA
Cypress Woods High School unincorporated area 2006 AAAAA
Cypress Ranch High School unincorporated area 2008 AAAAA
Cypress Lakes High School unincorporated area 2008 AAAAA
Windfern High School unincorporated area 1995 N/A (alternative school)

Other Facilities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "District Directory Information (2010-2011 school year)". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "2010 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. 
  3. ^ "District Map." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.
  4. ^ "Locate a Community Technology Center (CTC) in your Super Neighborhood!." City of Houston.
  5. ^ Tresaugue, Matthew. "North Harris Montgomery going for shorter name." Houston Chronicle. 1 Nov 2007.
  6. ^ "[1]." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  7. ^ a b c "History of CFISD." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  8. ^ "Methodology (2012)". CHILDREN AT RISK. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Mellon, Ericka. "K-12 Journalist Houston Chronicle". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Mellon, Ericka. "Cy-Fair ISD recruits Galena Park superintendent." Houston Chronicle. May 24, 2011.
  11. ^ Mellon, Ericka. "Tax break will cost Cy-Fair students." Houston Chronicle. August 3, 2009. Retrieved on August 5, 2009.
  12. ^ CFISD Bond Referendum Passes with Overwhelming Voter Support
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)
  14. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002.
  15. ^ http://www.cfisd.net/en/schools-facilities/our-schools/enrollment-mascots-colors/
  16. ^ http://www.cfisd.net/en/schools-facilities/our-schools/enrollment-mascots-colors/
  17. ^ http://cyfair.cfisd.net/en/about/know-your-school/history/

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