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Straight A Academics

Preparing Students for Bright Futures

From mastering the alphabet to earning a degree, students of all ages and abilities soar in The Woodlands area.

Conroe Independent School District
Conroe ISD is a 348-square mile school district that is geographically diverse and 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 approximately 63,000 students across 63 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, a 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 three districts in the state to be recognized for nine 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 over 7,500 employees and offers competitive salaries and a commitment to professional development. Additionally, CISD is proud to offer one of the lowest tax rates in the Houston metropolitan area at $1.28.

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 embodies a reputation of excellence that offers high-quality academic content that enhances curriculum to ensure students are college and workforce ready.

Educating over 16,000 students at 20 campuses, Tomball ISD’s growth is evident thanks to the emphasis placed on academic achievement and improving facilities and resources following the passing of Bond 2017, a $275 million bond referendum.

Bond 2017 will address improvements in all areas of academic success at Tomball ISD from fine arts, technology and athletics to the renovations of existing campuses and construction of new district facilities.

Tomball ISD celebrated the opening of Tomball Star Academy — an Early College High School in 2017-18. This joint initiative between Tomball ISD and Lone Star College–Tomball enables students to earn a high school diploma and up to 60 college credit hours free of charge while in high school. Tomball Star Academy provides a rigorous, supportive learning environment that blends high school and the first two years of college. Students have the ability to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities as well as intramural sports.

Also enhancing the academic environment within Tomball ISD is the focus the district places on providing students with opportunities that infuse technology in learning experiences and instruction. The career and technical education department offers hands-on learning and 16 certifications for students in areas such as business, health science, education, manufacturing and culinary arts. Certifications enable students to enter the workforce immediately, as well further their education while working part time in the field in which they are certified.

Maintaining excellence, Tomball ISD was recently honored with distinctions from The College Board and from the H-E-B Excellence in Education program. The district was also a recipient of a record-number of grants from various organizations, including the newly chartered Tomball Education Foundation.

Tomball ISD students will lead in creating the future, as it is not just a district but also a destination.

Magnolia Independent School District
As one of the fastest growing districts in Texas, Magnolia Independent School District educates more than 13,000 students. With a vision to be the best district in the state, Magnolia ISD provides all of the amenities of a large, urban district with the small-town feel of a close-knit community.

Amenities include helping students achieve their maximum academic potential; providing a secure, nurturing and disciplined learning atmosphere; establishing community partners; recruiting, developing and retaining high-quality talent; managing financial resources; and incorporating state-of-the-heart technology and tools for students and personnel.

Magnolia ISD is the only public school system in Montgomery County to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Students in the district are recognized for national and state accolades in academics, athletics, agriculture, health science, career and tech, fine arts and the Navy Junior ROTC.

Magnolia ISD’s District Conference Center opened in August 2018. The center features a grand ballroom, conference rooms, a kitchen and storage space. The 35,000-square-foot facility can also serve as a shelter during a natural disaster.

Montgomery Independent School District
Educating nearly 9,000 students across its 10 schools, Montgomery Independent School District excels at putting its pupils first. The district’s more than 1,000 highly talented educators devote their time to ensuring students reach their max potential.

The district recently had eight students recognized in the National Merit Program with seven commended students and one finalist. Scholars average a 1530 on the SAT and a 22.9 on the ACT. Montgomery ISD also enjoys a small student-to-teacher ratio, especially for public school, at 16-to-1.

Montgomery High School boasts more than 90 advanced placement, academic dual credit and workforce dual credit courses. These classes offer opportunities for motivated students to pursue academic work that challenges their interests and abilities, with many enabling students to earn college and high school credit based on performance.

Moreover, the high school offers 14 certification and licenses in selected career and technical education programs, including Project Lead the Way and robotics. Science, technology, engineering and math courses encourage creativity through project-based learning.

In 2018, Montgomery ISD opened the new Lake Creek High School on FM 2854. n Information in this article was provided by Tomball ISD and Sarah Lancaster.

Higher Horizons

Earn a Degree Right Here at Home

Sam Houston State University is a fixture of exceptional higher education in Texas and the nation. Luckily for students continuing their education in The Woodlands, they can turn to this renowned university for a multitude of academic pursuits.

Sam Houston State University The Woodlands Center boasts 20 upper-level undergraduate degrees and 16 graduate programs. A couple doctoral degrees are offered, as well as a post baccalaureate teacher certification program.

The Woodlands Center is equipped with 32 high-tech classrooms, Wi-Fi, a 125-seat auditorium, three lecture rooms with stadium seating, four computer instructional classrooms, an 80-seat computer lab with on-site IT assistance, study areas, library services, a testing center and a community counseling center.

In 2017, the university announced plans to open a college of osteopathic medicine in Conroe by 2020. The plan is to open the college at the new Grand Central Park. With 80 percent of Texas counties designated as medically underserved, according to Community Impact Newspaper, the college would take a step in helping to alleviate this issue.

This doctorate program would be a four-year professional endeavor with rigorous classroom training the first two years, with the final two years being devoted to student rotations in surgery, medicine and women’s health. n

Making the Connection

Where Businesses and Education Come 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 (STEM) 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 is a school-based program that invites professionals to participate in monthly career panels where they share their life experiences and expertise with 10th- and 11th-grade students.
  • Future Focus is a classroom-based curriculum designed to promote positive decision-making among junior high students. Trained volunteer presenters offer interactive programming to help students realize educational attainment today has lasting impacts in life.
  • 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 has become 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.