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About Houston ISD

The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States. It serves approximately 215,000 students at 283 campuses and is one of the largest employers in Houston, with about 29,000 team members.


HISD New Schools

Schools to be located in communities


HISD Core Ideology

Direction and expectations for school district


HISD News and Information

Creating connections. Sharing stories


HISD Academics

Enhancing the way children learn

Houston ISD Named America’s Top Urban School District

HISD is now the nation’s first two-time winner of the prestigious award, which recognizes each year the public school system that has demonstrated the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among poor and minority students. HISD won the first Broad Prize awarded in 2002.

General Information

Considered one of the nation’s fastest improving school districts

Superintendent Richard A. Carranza

A lifelong educator, and accomplished mariachi musician. He has served as a teacher and a principal.

Support a Student

Help them improve their academic achievement, confidence and motivation

Our students need great teachers

Your impact goes far beyond the students sitting in the desks of your classroom

The Washington Post’s 2017 list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools features 35 Houston ISD schools, led by Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men in the No. 2 slot.

This year’s list recognizes the top 12 percent of campuses across the nation. HISD schools also accounted for 23 of the top 100 schools in Texas. The rankings are based on the number of seniors taking college-level Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge tests. This year, HISD’s highest-rated high school is Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men, an all-male college preparatory academy for grades 6-12. Students who attend Leland College Prep are offered a rigorous pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement academic program and a complement of STEM elective offerings.

Creating Connections. Sharing Stories

The Office of Communications coordinates internal and external district-wide communications and strategic partnerships to increase transparency, support, and confidence in HISD.

Preparedness is the key. In this fast-paced, information-oriented city, the Houston Independent School District and its 200,000+ students are constantly making news. Reporters are eager to cover all that is happening in our schools. That can be a big advantage in building community support for our educational system. The key to working with the media is to try to make sure that coverage of HISD is balanced, fair, and accurate. That calls above all for preparedness and rapid response.

HISD Media Relations Office

The HISD Media Relations Office coordinates news coverage of the school district and is responsible for overseeing official communications between the school system and the news media. The office provides story ideas to media outlets (i.e., newspaper, television, radio) and helps arrange appropriate interviews. The office also provides assistance and training to school administrators regarding effective relations with the news media.


The best ways to receive the most up-to-date information about Houston ISD are to sign up to receive our news releases and media advisories, or to visit HISD TV, the districts dedicated news website. HISD TV is home to the latest news, features and videos about Houston ISD. Visit today to take a deep-dive into how your school district is changing lives and preparing students to graduate college and career ready.

Media Communications