Texas City ISD has 14 schools and approximately 7,800 students in 78.31 square miles of La Marque and Texas City. The District grew by nearly one third of its population with the annexation of La Marque ISD into Texas City ISD on July 1, 2016.
As the State of Texas continues to raise the standards of education, we are proud that our students and teachers in Texas City ISD are working hard to meet and exceed those standards.
Much of the Texas City Independent School District’s success is due to the fact that Texas City ISD recognizes the need for a cooperative effort among educators, students, parents and the community. Time and again, such a shared commitment has made a difference in the lives of Texas City students. Voters approved the passage of a $158.6 million bond referendum in November 2022.
The bond program includes two new replacement schools for La Marque High School and Calvin Vincent Early Childhood. The bond also includes renovations for fine arts and career and technical labs at Texas City High School. In addition, the bond includes district-wide initiatives: new STEM/Robotics Center, new Agriculture Bond and safety and security. Projects also include a new stadium for La Marque High School and renovations to the stadium at Texas City High School.
Throughout the years, Texas City ISD has received numerous academic commendations from the Texas Education Agency. Our schools also have been the recipient of many Distinctions from TEA. The honored Texas City ISD schools, students and staff achieve many local, state and national awards, including state award winning high school band, choir and athletics, and numerous recognitions in UIL academic events. Our Career and Technology Education programs, including marketing, robotics and teaching have achieved success at local, state, national and/or world competitions. Texas City ISD was named a District of Distinction for three years in a row for our comprehensive art program. We also received the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation.
The District is committed to continuous improvement in classroom instruction. As the learning expectations rise for this generation of students, the teaching expectations for educators must keep in step. The professional staff at Texas City ISD continues to focus on instructional improvement through curriculum-driven lesson design and innovative instructional delivery. Lessons must be learner-centered; students must be able to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned; and children must become independent thinkers.
Texas City ISD continues to offer programming that meets the needs for our students and our community. We developed Galveston County’s first high school Industrial Trades Center (ITC) that opened in January 2017. The TCISD ITC has 30,000 square foot of space for the following trades and certifications: Maritime (OSHA, NCCER); Construction Trades (OSHA, NCCER); Welding (OSHA, NCCER, AWS); Pipefitting (OSHA, NCCER); Instrumentation and Electrical (OSHA, NCCER); and Machinist (NCCER). Industry and community representatives have worked very closely with TCISD leaders to outline the programs in need and the partnerships required to bring this program to fruition. The Texas City-La Marque area and the Gulf Coast counties offer prime job markets for skilled workers in the manufacturing, petroleum and maritime industries. With the high number of skilled laborers approaching retirement age, and a lack of skilled workers to follow, high school graduates with certifications from the TCISD Industrial Trades Center will help fill the workforce shortage within these prosperous industries.
Texas City ISD educators are committed to the vision that together we succeed. Realizing that not all children will come to school with the same needs and experiences, Texas City ISD staff provides the encouragement and motivation necessary for students to succeed. Special programs are available for gifted learners and second-language learners, as well as those who need extra academic assistance in order to succeed. On-line learning opportunities to recover course credits are offered through our REACH program for both Texas City and La Marque high schools. Texas City ISD has multiple programs that provide additional reading and math support to students. The district’s Gifted & Talented program develops the intellectual and creative potential in K-12 students who indicate a need to go beyond the regular curriculum.
The academic program is essential to the success of all students. However, the importance and impact of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities must be noted. Many times it is a club, a job partnership, band, athletics, choir, dance team or cheerleading that motivates students to reach their potential. Texas City ISD acknowledges the importance of these activities in the development of the whole child and offers a myriad of opportunities.
More opportunities are provided to Texas City ISD students through The Foundation for the Future, which promotes enrichment, innovation and excellence in education throughout Texas City ISD. Its goal is to make up the difference in funds needed to provide an even higher quality education to Texas City students. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $4.5 million in grants to teachers for innovative programs that enhance the educational environment for our students.
Texas City ISD has a proud past and a promising future. Graduates have gone on to write and direct world-renown movies, play professional sports, lead military units, preside as judges in courts, serve as State Senators, and more. They have become doctors, lawyers, business owners, mayors and teachers. Many graduates have returned to Texas City and La Marque to raise their own children who are now on the path for their own success.
The goals in Texas City ISD are high and are being accomplished thanks to the continued effort by the district, students, parents and the community. Texas City ISD has proven throughout the last century to be one of the more innovative school districts in Texas.