List of Houston Independent School District schools

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This is a list of schools operated by the Houston Independent School District.

In the district, grades kindergarten through 5 are considered to be elementary school, grades 6 through 8 are considered to be middle school, and grades 9 through 12 are considered to be high school. Some elementary schools go up to the sixth grade.

Every house in HISD is assigned to an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school. HISD has many alternative programs and transfer options available to students who want a specialized education and/or dislike their home schools.

EE-12 schools[edit]

  • Thomas Horace Rogers School (Alternative school) is part Vanguard school (K-8), part school for the deaf (K-8), and part school for multiply impaired children (K-12).

EE-8 schools[edit]



PK-8 schools[edit]

  • Carter G. Woodson K-8 Center (Zoned school) (Houston)
  • Thomas J. Pilgrim Academy (Zoned school) (Houston)
    • The school was built in 1957, on the sesquicentennial of the birth of Thomas J. Pilgrim, and opened as Thomas J. Pilgrim Elementary School.[1] In 2006 it began adding middle school grades,[2] and in 2007 it changed its name to its current one and moved into its current location.[1] Principal Alma Salman arranged to have middle school grades added so the school could have more time to increase student performance so it meets their grade levels. As of 2011 85% of the students at Pilgrim are low income, and about 66% of students who are new to Pilgrim have limited proficiency of English, with Spanish and Arabic being the most common native languages. As of 2011 250 students are in grades 6-8. In 2011 Children at Risk ranked the Pilgrim middle school as the best comprehensive middle school program in Houston.[2]
  • The Rusk School (Houston) (Zoned for K-5, magnet for K-8)

K-8 schools[edit]


  • Billy K. Reagan K-8 Educational Center (opening in the 2010s)[3]


Secondary schools[edit]

6-12 schools[edit]

7-12 schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

38 in Houston, 1 in Bellaire

Zoned high schools[edit]

AAAAAA (Division 6A)

AAAAA (Division 5A)

AAAA (Division 4A)

AAA (Division 3A)

  • Scarborough High School is in northwest Houston and is the smallest public high school in HISD, with only around 750 students.
Other high schools[edit]

AAAAA (Division 5A)

No UIL ranking

Middle schools[edit]

West Briar Middle School
Traditional middle schools[edit]
Other middle schools[edit]
  • Dominion Academy Charter School (Houston)
  • Energized For Excellence Middle School (Houston)
  • High School Ahead Academy (Houston)
  • Las Américas Middle School (Houston) (Moved to 6501 Bellaire Boulevard from 5909 Glenmont in 2007 [7])
  • The Medical and Health Professions Academy at Ryan Middle School - Opened 2013 in the former Ryan Middle School[18]
  • North District Alternative Middle School (Houston)
  • Project Chrysalis Middle School (Houston)
  • Pro-Vision School (Houston)
  • Soar Center (Houston)
  • William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity (Walipp) Preparatory Academy for Boys (Houston)

Primary schools[edit]

West University Elementary School
Roberts Elementary School
Mark Twain Elementary School
Longfellow Elementary School
Barbara Bush Elementary School
Condit Elementary School
Lovett Elementary School
Horn Academy
Poe Elementary School
St. George Place Elementary School
Benavidez Elementary School
Red Elementary School
Shearn Elementary School
Kolter Elementary School
Rodríguez Elementary School
Reynolds Elementary School
Cunningham Elementary School
Wharton Elementary School
MacGregor Elementary School
Young Elementary School

Traditional primary schools[edit]

Other primary schools[edit]

  • Arabic Immersion Magnet School
  • Energized For Excellence Academy (Houston)
  • Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School (Bellaire)
  • North District Alternative Elementary School (Houston)
  • Pleasant Hill Academy (Houston)
  • Pro-Vision School (Houston)
  • Soar Center (Houston)
  • St. John's Academy (Houston) - Serves preschool to second grade children in certain scenarios, such as homelessness and health crises.[12]
  • TSU/HISD Lab School (Houston, In fall 2006 the school became an HISD-sponsored charter school)
  • Young Learners (Houston)
  • Young Scholars Academy For Excellence (Houston)

Early Childhood Centers[edit]

Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Center
  • Ashford Early Childhood Center (Houston)[39]
  • Bellfort Early Childhood Center (Houston)
  • David "Davy" Crockett Early Childhood Center (Houston) (The campus was formerly Brock Elementary School - Elementary students were rezoned to Crockett ES)
  • Armandina Farias Early Childhood Center (Houston, opening August 2005)
  • Fonwood Early Childhood Center - Originally Fonwood Elementary School of the North Forest Independent School District,[5] it was built in 1964.[14] Prior to NFISD's closure, the district had been planning to close Fonwood Elementary.[40] HISD converted Fonwood into the area's early childhood center after the takeover effective July 1, 2013.[5] It was one of the older schools of NFISD. HISD released statements highlighting the poor condition of Fonwood Elementary when doing a post-takeover tour of the school. In a tour of the campus in July 2013, Terry Grier noted a playground in poor condition, water fountains too tall for children, exposed wires, violins without strings stored in the music room, and a restroom which had a bad odor. The teacher's lounge had a plush couch, upholstered chairs, flowers, and a flatscreen television.[41] HISD did not state that NFISD was planning to close Fonwood.[40]

It became an early childhood center when NFISD merged into HISD on July 1, 2013.[5]

Interagency Alternative Schools[edit]

  • Beechnut Academy Southwest
  • Beechnut Academy Southeast

Online learning[edit]

HISD has an online high school offering regular, AP, and credit-recovery courses at its virtual school. For grades 3-12 offers online schooling through Texas Connections Academy @ Houston, which is operated under contract by Connections Academy, a Maryland-based company which works with public and other schools to provide online education.[42][43][44]

Defunct schools[edit]

Former secondary schools[edit]

  • New Aspirations Charter School [20]

Former 7-12 schools[edit]

  • Kay On-Going Education Center - Closed in 2006, merged with CLC
  • Terrell Alternative School (Houston) (Originally a middle school, closed in fall 1991,[45] later an alternative middle school, closed in 2001 [12])

Former high schools[edit]



Former K-8 and 1-8 schools[edit]

Former middle schools[edit]

Former zoned schools

  • Lockett Junior High School (303 West Dallas, opened in former Booker T. Washington High School building in 1959, closed June 1968 [12])
  • Longfellow Junior High School (2202 St. Emanuel, Houston) (Built in 1913, converted into Dunbar Elementary in 1961 [12])
  • Miller Junior High School (Houston) (Campus now houses Young Women's College Preparatory Academy)
  • James D. Ryan Middle School (Houston) - Closed in 2013,[49] building now used for The Medical and Health Professions Academy at Ryan Middle School[18]
  • Terrell Middle School (Houston) (Opened 1966, later became an alternative school, closed in 2001[12]) - As of 2014 it serves as an immigration detention center for children[50]

Other schools

Former primary schools[edit]

Clinton Park Elementary School closed in 2005
Douglass Elementary School (now Yellowstone Academy)
The former Gregory School, now the African American Library at the Gregory School
Houston ISD Central Region Office, formerly Holden Elementary School
J. Will Jones Elementary School
Luckie School
Will Rogers Elementary School (closed and demolished)

Former zoned schools

  • 23rd Avenue Elementary School (Destroyed by a fire in 1959, reopened as Holden in 1960 [12]
  • Abbott Elementary School (3601 Barnes, opened in 1912 as part of the Chaneyville Independent School District, transferred to the City of Houston in 1914, closed in 1959 [12])
  • Alamo Elementary School (201 East 27th, opened 1913 as Sunset Heights Elementary School, closed 1980 [12])
  • Charlotte B. Allen Elementary School (Houston)
    • Allen closed in 2009. A new campus will be built on the Allen site; when it opens in spring 2011 it will take students from Allen and Kennedy elementary schools[28][29]
  • Alyce PreK-1 Center [51](Houston)
  • Argyle Elementary School (12525 Fondren Road, Houston, 77035) (Closed spring 2005, Argyle was located in a strip mall - Students rezoned to Foerster ES)
  • Bellfort Academy (Houston) (4-5, opened 1999)
    • Was consolidated into Lewis Elementary so that all grades attend the same campus; the consolidated school was expected to open in Spring 2011.[30] Bellfort became a PreK-K center.[52]
  • Richard J. Brock Elementary School (1417 Houston Avenue, Houston, 77007) (Closed spring 2005, Students rezoned to Crockett ES) - Campus became an early childhood center
  • Brays Bayou Elementary School (Almeda near Main, became a part of HISD in 1913 and closed in 1966 [12])
  • Burgess Elementary School (4040 Blackshear, opened in September 1962, closed in 1969 and consolidated into the Washington High School campus) - Burgess was named for the first mayor of Independence Heights
  • Carnegie Elementary School (10401 Scott, Houston, 77051) (Closed spring 2002, Students rezoned to Woodson K-8 Center) - Campus became a high school (named after Andrew Carnegie)
  • Robert C. Chatham Elementary School (8110 Bertwood, Houston, 77016) (closed in spring 2006, Students rezoned to Cook ES)
  • W. D. Cleveland Elementary School (320 Jackson Hill, closed 1977 [12])
  • Clinton Park Elementary School (129 Mississippi, Houston, 77029 - Clinton Park) (closed in spring 2005, Students rezoned to Pleasantville ES)
  • Concord Elementary School (Later became Concord Early Childhood Center)
  • Cooley Elementary School (300 West 17th, Closed 1980 - The building, now the Cooley Center, is the headquarters of HISD's alternative certification program.[12])
  • Dow Elementary School (1900 Kane, closed around 1991-1993 [12][45])
  • Dunbar Elementary School (2202 St. Emanuel, Closed 1981) - Established on the campus of former Longfellow Junior High School in 1961
  • Frederick Douglass Elementary School (3000 Trulley Street, Houston, 77004) (Closed spring 2005, Students rezoned to Dodson ES - The campus later became New Orleans West, a charter school for Hurricane Katrina evacuees from New Orleans (named after Frederick Douglass))
  • Rosa Lee Easter Elementary School (4435 Weaver, closed in summer 2006, Students rezoned to Cook ES)
  • Eighth Avenue Elementary School (727 Waverly Street, Houston, 77077) (Closed spring 2004, Students rezoned to Love ES)
  • Thorton M. Fairchild Elementary School (8701 Delilah, Houston, 77033) (Opened fall 1959, closed May 24, 2007)
  • Fannin Elementary School (2900 Louisiana, Houston, closed 1971 [12])
  • Buchanan H. Grimes Elementary School (Houston)
  • Hawthorne Elementary School (1417 Houston Avenue, Opened 1893 at former Houston Avenue School location, Closed 1959 [12])
  • Henry L. Hohl Elementary School (Houston)
    • Hohl closed by 2011; students were rezoned to Highland Heights Elementary School and other schools.[19]
  • Holden Elementary School (812 West 28th Street, Houston, 77008) (Closed spring 2004,[12] students rezoned to Helms ES and Sinclair ES)
  • Anson Jones Elementary School (2311 Canal Street, Houston, 77003-1518) (Closed spring 2006, students rezoned to Bruce ES and Rusk ES)
  • J. Will Jones Elementary School (Houston)
    • Prior to the start of fall 2009 Jones closed and the school was consolidated into Blackshear Elementary School.[28][29]
  • Kay Elementary School (Opened in 1904 at 7621 Elm as Harrisburg School, renamed and moved to 1616 Hebert in 1952, Closed 1978 [12])
  • Lamar Elementary School (2209 Gentry Street, Houston, 77009-8196) (Closed spring 2002, School replaced by Ketelsen ES (named after Mirabeau B. Lamar))
  • Langston Elementary School (Opened in 1905 as Breckenridge Elementary School, renamed in 1955, closed in fall 1991, later became Langston Early Childhood Center [12][45])
  • Robert E. Lee Elementary School (2101 South Street, Houston, 77009) (Closed spring 2002, School replaced by Ketelsen ES (named after Robert E. Lee))
  • Lubbock Elementary School (412 Sampson, Closed 1969[12])
  • Charles W. Luckie Elementary School (1104 Palmer, Closed c. 1943,[12] a school for African-Americans [53])
  • General Douglas B. MacArthur Elementary School (Houston)
    • Was consolidated with Peck Elementary. A replacement campus on the Peck site was scheduled to open in Spring 2011.[30][34]
  • Jesse C. McDade Elementary School (Houston)
  • McGowan Elementary School
  • Milam Elementary School (1100 Roy Street, Houston, 77077) (Closed spring 2004, Students rezoned to Memorial ES (named after Ben Milam))
  • Miller Elementary School (5216 Feagan, closed 1977)
  • Montrose Elementary School[54] (opened 1913, closed prior to 1981[citation needed])
  • Pleasants Elementary School (opened 1967, closed June 1991, now home to Pleasant Hill Academy [12][45])
  • School At Post Oak (Houston) (Post Oak had no boundary; it was a reliever school for Briargrove)
  • Joseph James Rhoads Elementary School (Houston)
  • Will Rogers Elementary School (3101 Weslayan Street, Houston, 77027) (opened fall 1950, closed spring 2006, Students rezoned to Poe ES and St. George Place ES (named after Will Rogers))
  • J. D. Ryan Elementary School (4001 Hardy Street, Houston, 77009) (closed spring 2005, Students rezoned to Jefferson ES and Looscan ES) - After closure it was used as a temporary school for Hurricane Katrina evacuees.[55]
    • Ryan is now the Ryan Professional Support & Development Center[56]
  • Sanderson Elementary School (7115 Lockwood Drive, Houston, 77016) (closed spring 2006 - formed Cook ES)
  • Sharpview Elementary School (7734 Mary Bates Boulevard, Houston, 77036) (opened fall 2000, closed spring 2004) - The district rented space from a Buddhist Temple [12]
  • Sidney Sherman Elementary School (Houston)[57]
    • By Spring 2011 Crawford and Sherman will be consolidated, with a new campus in the Sherman site.[19]
  • Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School (Houston)
  • Sugar Grove Elementary School (Houston) (Unzoned relief school)
  • George Turner Elementary School (Houston)
    • Turner closed in 2009, consolidated into Lockhart. By Spring 2011 a new campus will be built in the Lockhart site.[19]

Other former schools:

  • 3-D Academy (Became a state charter in 2005 and as of 2008 is associated with KIPP)[12]
  • Banneker-McNair Math/Science Academy (Houston)
  • Diversity Roots And Wings Academy (Draw) (3920 Stoney Brook Drive, 77063) (Houston, Opened 2001, became a state charter in 2004)[12]
  • Dominion Academy (Houston) - Closed 2012 [23]
  • Kazi Shule (Houston) - Kazi Shule is an alternative school for pupils with behavioral problems. It opened as a middle school but became an elementary school in 2001 for the 2001-2002 school year. Closed May 2006.[12]
  • YMCA Of Greater Houston Charter School (ended affiliation with HISD in 2004,[12] Houston)
  • Mount Hebron Academy (Houston) - Mount Hebron is an alternative school for pupils with behavioral problems. - Closed Summer 2006[12]

Former early childhood centers[edit]

Langston Family Life Center, formerly Langston Early Childhood Center

2 in Houston

  • Concord Early Childhood Center (Houston)
    • Concord, located on the site of Kashmere Gardens Elementary School, closed due to low enrollment. The students will be a part of the Kashmere Gardens population.[30]
  • Langston Early Childhood Center (2815 Campbell, Opened 1994, closed May 2004,[12] Students transferred to Crawford ES)
  • Las Américas Early Childhood Development Center (5909 Glenmont, Houston) (5909 Glenmont, 77081) (Closed in 2007 [58])
  • Wheatley Child Development (4900 Market, Houston, Opened 1993, closed 2007 [12])

Former alternative centers[edit]

  • The Harris County Youth Village in far southern Pasadena, west of Seabrook, opened in 1972. The center was no longer affiliated with HISD in 1997.[12]



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