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Conroe Independent School District

Conroe ISD is a geographically diverse 348-square-mile school district that includes The Woodlands, Shenandoah, Oak Ridge North, Conroe and Grangerland as well as several other smaller towns, communities and unincorporated areas.

As the 11th largest district in Texas and the 65th largest in the U.S., Conroe ISD serves over 63,000 students across 64 campuses and is one of the fastest growing districts in the state with an average enrollment growth of approximately 1,500 students per year.

Conroe ISD offers a comprehensive core academic program, a vast array of athletics, cutting-edge career and technical education curriculum and a slate of fine arts courses to meet the needs and interests of all students.

In addition to being the largest district in the state to ever achieve the highest rating of Exemplary in 2010, Conroe ISD is one of only two districts in the state to be recognized for 10 consecutive years for high academic achievement while maintaining cost-effective operations by Texas Smart Schools, formerly known as the FAST report. The district has also received a 1.1 rating from the Education Resource Group for over 10 years for high academic performance by students and efficiency in spending.

Conroe ISD is the largest employer in Montgomery County with approximately 8,000 employees. The district offers competitive salaries, a commitment to professional development and is proud to have one of the lowest tax rates in the Houston metropolitan area. The district was also recently named by Forbes as one of the top 200 employers in Texas.

Conroe ISD is a community of individuals working together to achieve the best for students. The district is proud of the accomplishments of the students, teachers and administrators who have helped make it a great place to be.

Tomball Independent School District

Tomball ISD is an “A” district that embodies a reputation of excellence, all while holding true to its small-town feel. With a vision that students will lead in creating the future, Tomball ISD offers high-quality academic learning to ensure students are college and workforce ready.

Educating over 18,000 students at 20 campuses that span across 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, Tomball ISD is considered a fast-growth district that has maintained a standard of excellence in academics and finances while still fostering a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students.

Tomball ISD offers year-round limited open enrollment, giving families living outside the district boundaries a chance to attend a Tomball ISD school free of charge.

Along with offering rigorous college, career and military readiness curriculum that is responsive to the needs of individual learners, Tomball ISD boasts 25 career & technical education pathways district-wide, all while enhancing its robotics and STEM programs, providing every student an opportunity to find their place.

Tomball Star Academy, the district’s early college high school, continues to thrive in its third year offering students a rigorous, supportive learning environment and an opportunity to earn an associate of arts degree free of charge by the time they graduate from high school.

The district recently launched its Two-Way Dual Language Academy, a biliteracy program at Rosehill Elementary, that integrates native English and native Spanish speakers in one classroom setting to encourage students to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural.

The district’s success not only stems from the academic content offered, but also from the support of its community stakeholders. Because of the overwhelming support, the district passed Bond 2017, which addresses improvements in all areas of academic success from fine arts, technology and athletics to renovations of existing campuses and the construction of a new elementary school, junior high school, district stadium, natatorium and agricultural science project center.

Tomball ISD ensures every student finds a place to belong, a passion to pursue and a love for learning that will serve them well beyond the years they spend in Tomball, as it is not only a district, but also a destination.

Magnolia Independent School District

The Magnolia Independent School District is a district where traditional values meet innovative programs. Magnolia ISD provides all of the amenities of a large, urban district with the small town feel of a close-knit community. Modern facilities and advanced programs attract great families and outstanding teachers.

The district serves over 13,200 students and provides a well-balanced curriculum to meet the needs of all students offering advanced academics, concurrent college and high school enrollment credit, Career and Technical Education career paths and certifications, Early Childhood, full-day prekindergarten and a strong academic core.

Magnolia ISD’s two high schools are the only public schools in Montgomery County to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). This prestigious program prepares junior and senior students for the rigor of college coursework and is recognized by elite universities around the world as an excellent preparatory curriculum. Students who earn the IB Diploma are guaranteed 24 credit hours to any Texas public college.

The After School Adventures program operates through the district and is located at all MISD elementary campuses to students in grades K – 6. All after school activities are designed with educational enhancement in mind; however, the main emphasis and delivery method is FUN! The program has many academic and enrichment-based components and activities will rotate from movement to hands-on as children transition throughout the afternoon participating in: STEM, literacy, physical fitness, creativity, problem-solving, college and career readiness, healthy living, leadership, family engagement opportunities, and more.

Located 45 miles north of Houston and to the west of The Woodlands, the Magnolia Independent School District encompasses approximately 150 square miles and provides an outstanding learning environment offering innovative programs, modern facilities and exceptional teachers.

Montgomery Independent School District

Spanning 217 square miles and consisting of 10 beautiful campuses, Montgomery Independent School District is one of the finest school districts in the state of Texas. 

Montgomery ISD, with an unyielding commitment to excellence, provides a premier academic program that recognizes the unique potential of each of the nearly 9,000 students and integrates the intellectual, social, cultural and physical aspects of learning. The district employs more than 1,000 highly talented educators who devote their time to ensuring students reach their maximum potential. 

Montgomery ISD enjoys a small student-to-teacher ratio at 14.9-to-1. The school district offers academic dual credit and workforce dual credit courses, which are opportunities for motivated students to pursue academic work that challenges their interests and abilities, with many enabling students to earn college and high school credits based on performance. Montgomery ISD was recently honored by the College Board with placement on the Ninth Annual AP District Honor Roll. 

Montgomery ISD offers an extensive list of enriching programs such as Project Lead the Way, robotics, aeronautics, dual language and ROTC. The Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees also approved the addition of ACT preparatory classes offered as an elective and as a result, Montgomery ISD students taking the ACT scored higher than the state’s reported averages.

With its expanding list of academic achievements and dedication to excellence, Montgomery Independent School District provides a safe and secure learning environment and ensures students will receive the absolute best education possible. n

Poised For Success
Exceptional Colleges and Universities Meet the Needs of All Students
Sam Houston University

Named for Sam Houston, Texas’ greatest hero, Sam Houston State University continually strives to honor its historical roots through academic excellence that includes an exceptional faculty. For more than 139 years, the university has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service,” resonates among its more than 22,000 students and echoes across seven colleges and beyond its Huntsville roots.

With over 90 bachelor’s degree programs, more than 60 master’s degree programs and 11 doctoral programs, including the nation’s first Ph.D. in forensic science, Sam Houston offers an exceptional college experience while meeting the needs of contemporary students. Students can earn degrees at two locations: Huntsville and The Woodlands, in addition to SHSU Online.

Sam Houston State University is also more than an institution of higher learning; it is a great employer; named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a 2018 “Great College to Work For.”

Lone Star College

Lone Star College, one of the largest community colleges in the nation, is nationally recognized as an innovative leader in providing educational excellence for its students, developing programs to meet community and business needs in northern Harris County, Montgomery County and the surrounding Houston area. The college serves more than 89,000 credit students each semester, with a total enrollment of more than 99,000, and is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Students of all ages rely on Lone Star College for associate degrees and certificates, fast track certificates, industry certifications for work in high-demand industries and credits that enable them to transfer anywhere. The college offers flexible class schedules, hands-on skills training, industry-standard equipment all in state-of-the-art workforce centers of excellence.

Lone Star College consists of seven comprehensive colleges – LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Houston North, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park – and two university centers, the LSC-University Center at The Woodlands and the LSC-University Center at University Park. In addition to these locations, the college has seven centers of excellence focused on specific areas of study for workforce training and careers including, health care, information technology, oil and gas drilling, process technology, transportation and logistics, construction and skilled trades.

Lone Star College remains steadfast in its mission to help students reach their educational and career goals. For more information, check out LoneStar.edu or call (832) 813-6500.

Education for Tomorrow Alliance
Where businesses and education comes together

Education for Tomorrow Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting the business and education communities in Montgomery County. EfTA was created in 1989 as a project of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and local science and technology professionals who wanted to encourage the next generation of workers, especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. EfTA eventually became a separate 501(c)(3) organization with the focus of cultivating education and community partnerships that advance student success. EfTA fulfills this mission through career, leadership and STEM programs designed to give local students hands-on learning opportunities.

• The SCI://TECH Exposition is the flagship program of EfTA. It began as a partnership with the Conroe Independent School District and several private schools to provide volunteer support to the local science fair, and now offers 13 STEM competitions. From the Elementary Science Festival to Senior High Engineering Design, each of the competitions offers learning beyond the classroom and teaches critical thinking skills that will enable students to thrive in any career field.

• Career Connections and Future Focus are school-based programs for senior high and junior high students, respectively, that invite volunteers to share their career advice. Professionals participate in career development activities designed to expose students to a variety of career options and to promote planning for long-term success.

• Next Generation Leadership is a year-long program for promising 12th-graders that offers students the opportunity to learn about leadership in Montgomery County and to cultivate leadership skills through interactions with professionals in business, education, and government.

• Each summer, EfTA’s Student Internship Program offers bright, motivated 12th-graders opportunities to explore career interests outside of the traditional classroom and gain valuable hands-on work experience. These internships have the potential to help students shape their long-term professional goals.

With innovative programs focused on career, leadership and STEM education, EfTA is the portal through which business leaders can access and strengthen local education. EfTA’s vision is that every student is equipped with the knowledge and skills to be career and college ready. Learn more at www.efta-us.org.