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Education

Building our intellectual capital

A prime attraction for relocating to Fort Worth is the high quality and ever-growing pool of employees. In addition, the area provides outstanding opportunities for education on all levels. Seven universities and colleges are located in the immediate area, as well as three K-12 ISDs in the Fort Worth city limits. Additionally, Tarrant County supports over 200 respected private schools.

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Education - K-12

Fort Worth offers a wide range of educational resources - from pre-kindergarten to graduate school - to students and their families.

Fort Worth is home to a school district that offers an education as diverse and unique as our proud city. Whether it’s pushing the boundaries with progressive academics or earning awards for distinguished social programs, Fort Worth ISD is growing tomorrow’s citizens.

Take, for example, the most significant redesign of secondary education in the nation: the District’s Gold Seal Programs of Choice and Schools of Choice. At the high school level, Choice programs provide an opportunity for students to graduate a step ahead for college and career – prepared to compete in our economy from Day One. Dynamic programs include studies as essential as education and law enforcement and span local powerhouses like petroleum engineering and aerospace science. Students then graduate high school with college credits, licenses/certifications and invaluable contacts and experience.

But students need not wait until high school. Fort Worth is now the proud home of the Young Men's and the Young Women's Leadership Academies, two schools that begin at the middle school level.  Families find true choice in programs that prepare students for lives of responsibility in a globally competitive world.  And at the elementary level, Montessori campuses, Applied Learning campuses and Spanish Immersion programs are among the options for young students.

Many other families will choose to attend their neighborhood school. This may be one of several new elementary campuses, or it may be an older school … one attended years ago by their own parents or by prominent members of the District’s Wall of Fame. Musician John Denver, actor Bill Paxton, actress Ginger Rogers and two current city leaders – Mayor Betsy Price and Superintendent Walter Dansby – join the ranks of numerous distinguished graduates. This intersection of old and new is one of the many things that make Fort Worth ISD unique.

Also unique is Fort Worth ISD’s concentration on the whole person. Rigorous academics are a priority, but so is the citizen. The District’s nationally recognized "It's Not Okay" campaign empowers students and adults to end bullying at every level, contributing to a secure environment and healthy social life.

These efforts culminate in what Superintendent Dansby touts as the singleness of purpose. “As long as we act with a singleness of purpose, there is nothing we cannot achieve,” he said. This purpose extends to a commitment to parent involvement. It is exemplified by numerous volunteer opportunities and advancements such as the new Parent Portal, an innovative online tool that gives parents a direct link to teachers, assignments and grades.

 

BY THE NUMBERS / AT A GLANCE

  • 81, 511 students
  • 10,129 employees
  • 139 schools including 83 elementary schools, 28 middle schools, 13 high schools and 15 alternative schools
  • $588, 295,961 operating budget for 2011-2012

 

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More information on area public school districts and private or charter schools is found on our Economic Development site and/or in our Member Directory.

 

Major Colleges & Universities

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Texas Woman's University

  • Ministerial training
  • Located in Fort Worth
  • Enrollment of 3,503
  • Public university
  • Located in Denton
  • Enrollment of 14,180

Tarleton State University

University of North Texas

  • Public institution
  • Located in Stephenville
  • Enrollment: 11,121
  • Public university
  • Located in Denton
  • Enrollment of 36,305 (4th in state)

Tarrant County College

University of North Texas
Health Science Center

  • Public institution
  • 5 locations in Fort Worth
  • Enrollment of 49,108
  • Public institution
  • Located in Fort Worth
  • Enrollment of 1,579

Texas Christian University

University of Texas at Arlington

  • Private university
  • Located in Fort Worth
  • Enrollment of 9,142

Texas Wesleyan University

  • Private university
  • Located in Fort Worth
  • Enrollment of 3,378