When you live in The Woodlands, your children have a wide range of educational opportunities available to them. In fact, our education systems are one of the reasons so many families have chosen to make The Woodlands their home. Learn about The Woodlands’ three major school districts, how they rank against other Houston schools, and the area’s alternative educational options below.
Conroe ISD Schools
Considering a move to areas zoned to Conroe Independent School District? Conroe ISD is ranked the eighth best school district in Houston, the 14th best school district to teach in in the Houston area and one of the most diverse school districts in the Houston area. The system has been recognized with a Platinum Leadership Circle Award for financial transparency, as well as the Texas Honors Circle District Award for achieving strong student performance while ranking very low in spending.
Conroe ISD schools provide many special programs for students, including advanced placement courses, bilingual/ESL programs, career and technical education opportunities, programs for those with dyslexia and other learning difficulties and gifted and talented programs.
Those who have little ones ready to start elementary school will be excited to know that Conroe ISD is home to Buckalew Elementary, rated the best elementary school in Houston and seventh best in Texas.
Magnolia ISD Schools
Magnolia Independent School District is ranked the 16th best school district in the Houston area and has a 16:1 student-teacher ratio. The schools in this district offer a wide range of special programs that allow children to thrive. These programs include advanced academics, bilingual/ESL education, career and technology education and success programs, like compensatory education, federal title programs and intervention programs.
Magnolia ISD is dedicated to doing the best for its students, regardless of ability. The school district has many programs and services for those with learning difficulties and special needs, as well as counseling, occupational therapy and adaptive equipment.
Tomball ISD Schools
Tomball Independent School District is considered the fourth best school district in the Houston area, as well as one of the safest and most diverse school districts and one of the best places to teach. It boasts a 16:1 student-teacher ratio average across schools and is considered the No. 2 district with the best teachers.
From an awards perspective, parents will be pleased to know that Tomball ISD received an AA+ financial rating from Standard & Poor’s Rating Services and an Aa1 underlying rating from Moody’s Investors Service. Furthermore, this district was named a finalist in the 17th annual HEB Excellence in Education Awards program in the large school district division.
Parents of children with special needs will appreciate Tomball ISD’s passion and commitment to teaching those with learning disabilities. The school district is committed to designing instruction and curriculum with the margins in mind, as well as training all teachers to identify mental health needs. You can learn more about the district’s vision here.
Younger children can take advantage of the resources at Creekside Forest Elementary School, ranked the third best elementary school in Houston.
Other Educational Opportunities
While The Woodlands is home to three great independent school districts, it also provides alternative educational opportunities that families can enjoy. If you’re looking for a more private experience, choose from several established private schools in The Woodlands, like The John Cooper School, The Woodlands Christian Academy and Fusion Academy. Even the youngest residents in The Woodlands can enjoy quality education with a wide selection of day cares and preschools designed to help them flourish.
What Residents Are Saying
Residents love the educational variety available to them in The Woodlands. Michael Scheiwe, a resident of The Woodlands in the Village of Creekside Park, has two daughters enrolled in Tomball ISD schools. He says:
"Coming from the DC area we were surprised by the size of the schools and different educational focus. All has shown itself to be an incredible blessing. The opportunities for academic achievement, fine arts exploration, sports participation and in-school extracurricular adventures (i.e. club activities such as chemistry club, spike ball, TMSCA, book club, cooking club, Destination Imagination, etc.) are more than we could have imagined. Communication with teachers and administration is open and free flowing, providing a connectedness we appreciate. Academic achievement is a primary focus where those that are excelling are given the runway to soar, while those that struggle are given extra attention to ensure every student reaches their full potential. We also greatly appreciate the many social aspects afforded both us as parents and our children through the many PTO sponsored events at both schools.”
With three highly ranked school districts and an impressive network of private schools, day cares and preschools, wherever you live in The Woodlands, your children are sure to reap the benefits of a high-quality education.