HISD announces the creation of Cullen Military Academy

The Houston Independent School District (HISD) announced that it will open Cullen Military Academy at Cullen Middle School in the 2024-2025 school year. The academy will support students aspiring to serve in the United States military after high school graduation. They will receive high-quality instruction and develop skills to become civic-minded, disciplined leaders committed to excellence and service. 

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Important Notice for Private Non-Profit Schools 

Houston ISD is announcing the “Participation Process” for the 2024-2025 school year. For all Private-Nonprofit (PNP) administrators interested in participating in the ESSA federal grant programs listed below, contact the District. Contact information is listed below for questions. The “Intent to Participate Form” must be completed and submitted by the deadline date of Friday, Feb. 16, 2024. The links for all forms are listed below.

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HISD celebrates diverse student body this holiday season

Amid the festivities and excitement of the holiday season, the Multilingual Education Department is celebrating the diversity of our HISD community. In one of the nation’s most diverse cities, with no ethnic majority, HISD serves students from 142 countries who speak more than 100 languages.

Students at Las Americas Newcomer School celebrate with holiday gift bags

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HISD and partners bring necessities and holiday cheer to Mission Milby Winter Fest

There was a line around the corner on the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 20, for the Mission Milby Sunrise Center’s Family Winter Fest. Doors opened to a hall of holiday fun and resources for community members in need.

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HISD and Texas Southern University announce new partnership to train aspiring local teachers

Houston Independent School District (HISD) and Texas Southern University (TSU) this week launched the Learning Legacy Pact to help aspiring educators become teachers in HISD. Through the partnership, students in TSU’s College of Education will earn their teacher certification while getting paid to work as a Teacher Apprentice in the District’s New Education System (NES) or NES-aligned schools.

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HISD to hold inaugural Military Career Day

HISD will host its first-ever Military Career Day for high school juniors on Thursday, January 11, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Delmar Fieldhouse (2020 Mangum Road, 77092).

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HISD School Board Approves District of Innovation Plan

Houston Independent School District will become a District of Innovation (DOI) after the School Board approved the DOI designation Thursday night. The vote was 8 in favor, 0 opposed. HISD has been one of the only school systems in the state without DOI status. Systems with the designation are exempt from certain statutory requirements and have greater flexibility in the way they conduct district operations to support students. HISD’s DOI Committee developed its plan as part of a broader effort to ensure every student has a high-quality education and graduates prepared for the modern workplace and world. 

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Literacy program donates millionth book to HISD students

Research shows that children who have books at home are more likely to be successful in school and maintain grade-level reading comprehension. However, according to the National Literacy Trust, one in five children do not own any books of their own. This fact was the impetus for the creation of My Home Library, an initiative of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Literacy that strives to give children from low-income families tools to read at home and thrive in the classroom.

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HISD second graders gifted bicycles through Wish for Wheels

In 2022, Dogan Elementary School’s first graders watched covetously as their second-grade schoolmates were gifted bicycles courtesy of HISD’s partnership with Oxy and Wish for Wheels. They never would have dreamed that in a year’s time, they would be the recipients of bikes of their own, just in time for the holidays.

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