Pearland Independent School District

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Pearland Independent School District
Pearland ISD Education Support Center.jpg
Pearland, Texas
TypePublic school district
School districtPearland Independent School District
SuperintendentDr. John Kelly

Pearland Independent School District is a school district based in Pearland, Texas, United States.

Pearland ISD serves most of the city of Pearland, the city of Brookside Village, and unincorporated areas in Brazoria County (including Silverlake).

Each house or residential area in Pearland is zoned to an elementary school (grades PK-4), a middle school (5-6), a junior high school (7-8), and one of the two high schools (9-12).

Dr. Bonny Cain, Pearland ISD's former superintendent, separated from PISD in 2011.

Pearland ISD trustees selected Dr. John Kelly as the new superintendent from a pool of 61 applicants. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Kelly as the district’s superintendent. In addition to his ability to lead and to listen, he has an outstanding vision that will carry Pearland ISD to even greater heights,” Virgil Gant, board president, said.

In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[1]


Pearland Independent School District was established in 1937. The original high school building and elementary campus still stand on Grand Boulevard in the heart of Pearland. Pearland ISD's growth has exploded since the city was named an "All-American Town" in the mid 1990s, and the district, as well as the city, saw tremendous growth from 25,000 in 1985, to more than 100,000 in 2008. The district has kept up with the growth by building campuses and other facilities to maintain students. In 2006, Pearland ISD began using the International Baccalaureate curriculum guidelines in their elementary and middle school campuses. In addition to the city of Pearland, Pearland ISD also serves the communities of Brookside Village and Silverlake. Brookside Village is a small village located to the north of Pearland, and Silverlake is a master-planned community that sits outside of Pearland's western city limits.

Past Superintendents:

  • B.B. Ainsworth (1937–1944)
  • H.L. McAninch (1944–1947)
  • J.D. Gray (1947–1958)
  • Dr. Lloyd R. Ferguson (1958–1966)
  • Steven Prensner (1966–1968)
  • Robert Turner (1968–1976)
  • G. Preston Bullard (1976–1991)
  • James P. Schleider (1991–2000)
  • Dr. Bonny Cain (2000-2011)
  • Dr. John Kelly (2011- )

Standardized dress[edit]

Since 2001, all Pearland ISD schools are required to enact a "standardized dress" code, which is similar to a school uniform requiring students in grades 5 through 12 to tuck their shirts in along with more dresscode rules. But as of 2011 the dress code has changed- Jr. High and High school students can wear jeans instead of khakis, belts are no longer required, students do not have to tuck their shirts in, and middle school students can wear shorts.[citation needed]

In 2011 the PISD board relaxed the rules by removing the requirement to tuck in shirts, allowing jeans at the middle and high school levels, allowing shorts at the middle school level, removing the requirement for belts at the junior high school level, and allowing spirit shirts with larger logos.[2] In 2013 the district began allowing shoes with glitter and decorations on trouser pockets.[3]

During the 2015-2016 term, 6,000 students and parents signed a petition which successfully relaxed the Pearland dress code. Today, Pearland students can wear any solid color t-shirt and colored pants.[citation needed]

List of schools[edit]

High Schools[edit]

Alternative Schools[edit]

(PACE is home to Pearland Alternative Learning Academy, Pearland Academic Center for Excellence and PEARS)

Junior High Schools[edit]

Middle Schools[edit]

  • Alexander Middle School (opened 2007)
  • Sam Jamison Middle School (opened 1982)
  • Rogers Middle School (opened 2003)
  • Leon H. Sablatura Middle School (opened 1997)

Elementary Schools[edit]

  • Herbert C. Carleston Elementary School (opened 1980)
  • Challenger Elementary School (opened 1993)
  • Barbara Cockrell Elementary School (opened 2007)
  • C.J. Harris Elementary School (opened 1937) (called Pearland Elementary from 1937–1980)
  • E.A. Lawhon Elementary School (opened 1963) (called Brookside Elementary from 1963–1980)
  • Magnolia Elementary School (opened 2007)
  • Massey Ranch Elementary School (opened 2006)
  • Rustic Oak Elementary School (opened 1993)
  • Shadycrest Elementary School (opened 1969)
  • Silvercrest Elementary School (opened 2002)
  • Silverlake Elementary School (opened 1998)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2015-10-25.
  2. ^ Nix, Kristi (2011-08-10). "Attention back-to-school shoppers! Dress code changes approved for Pearland students". The Pearland Journal at the Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  3. ^ Quick, Mark A. (2013-06-04). "Revised Pearland ISD dress code more open to the newest styles". The Pearland Journal at the Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-03-29.

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