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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.

Workforce Development
Education - K-12

Fort Worth offers a wide range of educational resources - from pre-kindergarten to graduate school - to students and their families. There are 20 school districts preparing tomorrow's workforce within Tarrant County's borders, the largest of which is Fort Worth ISD.

Take, for example, the most significant redesign of secondary education in the nation: the FWISD'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 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 are among numerous distinguished graduates.


  • 83,663 students
  • 10,000+ employees
  • 139 schools including 83 elementary schools, 29 middle schools, 18 high schools and 16 other campuses
  • $696 million operating budget

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

Chamber Contact:
Dr. Cynthia Miller, Vice President Workforce Development

Major Colleges & Universities

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Texas Woman's University

  • Ministerial training
  • Located in Fort Worth
  • Enrollment of 3,579
  • Public university
  • Located in Denton
  • Enrollment of 15,075

Tarleton State University

University of North Texas

  • Public institution
  • Located in Stephenville
  • Enrollment: 11,726
  • Public university
  • Located in Denton
  • Enrollment of 36,216 (4th in state)

Tarrant County College

University of North Texas
Health Science Center

  • Public institution
  • 5 locations in Fort Worth
  • Enrollment of 50,628
  • Public institution
  • Located in Fort Worth
  • Enrollment of 2,242

Texas Christian University

University of Texas at Arlington

  • Private university
  • Located in Fort Worth
  • Enrollment of 10,033

Texas Wesleyan University

  • Private university
  • Located in Fort Worth
  • Enrollment of 2,614