Aldine Independent School District
Aldine ISD (AISD) ranks among the state’s high performing school districts according to data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The District has earned seven Recognized ratings since 1996, won the 2009 Broad Prize for Urban Education, was one of five 2004, 2005, and 2008 National Finalists for the Broad Prize for Urban Education, won the Texas Quality Award in 2006, and won the 2008 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award. Aldine is also the second best large school district in Texas for educating African American students and is ranked third among large school districts in Texas in educating Latino students, according to studies conducted by Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Prairie View, and Beloit College.
AISD’s school board was one of 24 school boards across the nation, and the only one in Texas, to receive the coveted Magna Award in 1999 from the American School Board Journal. The board was also named the 1998 Outstanding School Board of Texas by the Texas Association of School Administrators. To learn more about the great work of the District visit their website AldineISD.org.
YES Prep, located in the East Aldine District at 13703 Aldine-Westfield, has evolved from a small charter school project into Houston’s most successful public school system. YES Prep serves more than 3,500 students from 6th to 12th grade at seven campuses. For the ninth consecutive year, 100 percent of YES Prep graduating seniors have been accepted to four-year colleges. The Schools ultimate goal is to create more low-income college graduates than any other public school system in Houston. However, even as they continue to grow and expand, they remain steadfastly committed to the standards of excellence that have made the YES Prep model a success.
YES Prep is part of the Blue Ribbon Schools Program which honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement for disadvantaged students. The Program is part of a larger Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices. Since its inception in 1982 by Secretary Terrel H. Bell, the U. S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Schools Program has honored many of America’s most successful schools. A Blue Ribbon School flag waving overhead has become a mark of excellence, a symbol of quality recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities. To learn more about the great work of Yes Prep in Aldine visit YESPrep.org/schools/north-central.
Lone Star College – North Harris
Lone Star College-North Harris is nestled on 200 acres of piney woods and is the original college in the Lone Star College System family. In 2009, LSC-North Harris celebrated 36 years of services having opened its doors in 1973 and currently offers more than 80 programs of study including university-transfer and numerous workforce education courses and programs. The college serves as north Houston’s center for the arts which includes a juried art gallery and comprehensive fine arts curriculum with a calendar full of free and low-cost visual, applied, and performing arts events and exhibits. In partnership with the Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA of Greater Houston, LSC-North Harris offers a variety of child care options for the children of students, faculty, staff, and the community at-large.
To provide convenient locations that serve residents in the greater Greenspoint and South Aldine and Acres Homes communities, Lone Star College-North Harris has two full-service satellite centers; the LSC-Greenspoint Center and LSC-Carver Center. Both centers offer day, evening, and weekend classes in computers, English, speech, art appreciation, history, government, math, drafting, business, and health, as well as many other university-transfer and job-preparatory courses. To learn more visit www.lonestar.edu/northharris.
University of Houston
The University of Houston is a major public research and teaching institution serving more than 36,000 students annually with nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate programs. There are six public institutions of higher learning in the Houston area. The System comprises four universities and two multi-institution teaching centers that offer degrees in partnership with the universities. The University of Houston is the largest and most comprehensive institution of the System. Credits transfer easily from one to another, and students move freely from one campus’ library to another. To learn more visit www.uh.edu.
Houston Community College
Houston Community College – Spring Branch Campus offers a comprehensive selection of all traditional academic courses needed to complete an Associates Degree and to transfer the core curriculum required for all four-year public universities in Texas. The campus also offers Dual Credit. Students who wish to take a Dual Credit class should consult with their high school counselor. HCC will provide detailed Dual Credit Guidelines to prospective Dual Credit students through their high schools prior to each semester. The guidelines will contain information about applying for admission to the college, establishing eligibility for college-level classes, enrolling in classes, and paying for the classes. To learn more visit www.HCCS.edu/.