• Land High-Paying Jobs — While Still in High School

    Scarborough students enrolled in the school’s Network and Computer Administration Academy are already experiencing some of the financial rewards from their hard work. Local IT companies, such as HostGator, are hiring several of them on the weekends for upwards of $20-$30 an hour.

    Hands-On Training in High-Demand Industries

    Students at six HISD high schools — Furr, Kashmere, Long, Scarborough, Sterling, and Booker T. Washington — can enroll in Futures Academy programs, which provides career training as well as the opportunity to earn career certifications in some of Houston’s most thriving industries and a college associate’s degree.


    The Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan is aligned with HISD’s prestigious DeBakey High School for Health Professions in the Texas Medical Center. Students have the opportunity to earn high school credits, explore pathways in health and biomedical science and become ready for challenging high school academic programs.


    The Energy Institute High School focuses on Houston’s world-leading energy industry, representing the fields of geoscience, alternative energy, and offshore technology. HISD is expanding its existing partnership with the Independent Petroleum Association of America to enhance the school’s curriculum and instruction.

    Earn Up to Two Years of College Credit

    HISD’s Early College high schools give students an opportunity to earn an associate’s degree through a dual-credit program with Houston Community College. The program provides a significant savings for families since students can earn up to two years of college credit for free.

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    Access to Rigorous AP and IB Courses

    Every high school in HISD offers at least 15 Advanced Placement courses. Two HISD high schools, Lamar and Bellaire, offer International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs, which are comprised of academically challenging and advanced academic curriculum. That curriculum focuses on problem-solving and independent critical-thinking skills. Lamar's IB Diploma program is the largest in Texas and one of the top 10 IB Diploma programs in the United States.

    A Wealth of Options for Families

    In HISD, children can attend their neighborhood school or they can enroll in one of our specialized programs.

    • Magnet
    • Vanguard
    • Charter Schools
    • Montessori
    • Pre-K
    • Career and Technical Education
    • Dual Language
    • STEM
    • Futures Academy
    • Outdoor Education Centers


    Robust portfolio of schools allows families to choose the school that best meets their child’s academic needs and interests