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Schools in Friendswood
The Friendswood Independent School District was established on December 21, 1948. The district covers 15 square miles and borders the Alvin, Pearland and Clear Creek school districts.
A Quaker heritage that focused on church, family and schools still remains as a way of life for the community of Friendswood and it still continues to shape the character of the area. Education is a top priority and Friendswood ISD is an award-winning district with quality faculty and staff and tremendous community involvement.
Leading by example, FISD continues to be recognized in the area as well as in the state for test scores and accountability ratings. Its Academic Decathlon Team is known nationally and has more than a decade of consecutive State championships. FISD has been named the fifth most efficient Texas School District by the Texas Business Coalition. Friendswood High School was named 1 of 13 Top High Schools in the State as well as 1 of 10 Top High Schools in the Houston area. The Band, Choir and Drama Departments have been awarded exceptional honors annually.
FISD developed and put into place a pre-engineering program that is now part of both the high school and junior high. Partnerships with NASA based businesses and corporate programs continue to enrich the innovative, rigorous academic programs. Athletics in FISD are strong and State competitive.
FISD schools offer numerous extracurricular activities including drama and musical productions, choir, band, service organizations and clubs. The junior high and high school also compete in academic contests including Academic Decathlon and Octathlon, speech, debate, and competitive sports governed by the University Interscholastic League (UIL). A comprehensive athletic program is available to students in grades 7-12. All campuses have active parent organizations that support various school activities. For complete information about student participation at the high school level, follow this link to the Friendswood High School website. For web site access to the following departments at the High School, click on the desired link: Band, Choir, Drama, FHS Musical Archives, Wranglerettes, Athletics Department and other high school clubs and organizations.
CLEAR CREEK INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) is home to explorers and adventurers and is Leading the Way in the 21st Century! Nestled along the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston and the boating waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Clear Creek ISD proudly serves the educational growth of more than 37,500 students every year and continues to be one of the most desirable places to raise a family in the Greater Houston area.
Clear Creek ISD is comprised of 26 elementary, 9 intermediate, and 6 high schools . Each campus is led by a team of experienced and compassionate administrators, teachers and support personnel. CCISD is meeting the needs of community growth with the construction of new schools. In the fall of 2010, CCISD will open its seventh high school and tenth intermediate. These two schools will complete the first Education Village in Texas. The Education Village includes an elementary, intermediate, and a high school on one piece of land.
In 2010, Clear Creek ISD became one of the largest in Texas to receive the coveted Exemplary Rating from the Texas Education Agency. Previous to this achievement, Clear Creek ISD had the distinction of being the only large school district (a district with more than 25,000 students) in Texas to have earned a “Recognized” rating from the TEA for twelve of the last thirteen years. Currently, Clear Creek ISD is home to a record number of “Exemplary” rated schools. CCISD students outperform their state-wide peers on all Texas standardized tests and college readiness indicators holding a stellar record of continuous improvement. CCISD is equally passionate about eliminating the achievement gap among all student groups. This passion has yielded proven results with 97% of all students passing TAKS in reading and writing, 98% in social studies, 93% in math, and 94% in science. (*based on 2010 TAKS scores). Clear Creek high schools are proud of their students’ 97% graduation completion rate.
In addition to its regular educational programs, the District offers comprehensive, award-winning programs in the areas ofcareer and technical education, special education, bilingual education, compensatory education and gifted and talented education. The district is equally strong in fine arts and is known for top quality athletic programs. Support from community and outstanding parent teacher association volunteers and booster clubs is exceptional providing an extra element of school and civic pride.
CCISD is also recognized for superior financial management by state, national, and international organizations. Clear Creek ISD especially appreciates its business and community partnerships and their substantial contributions to the district’s quality programs and recognized academic achievements.
History Of Friendswood
Fig orchards, satsuma orange orchards, and rice fields once flourished where Friendswood homes now stand. The last vestiges of them and the homes that the Quakers constructed are nearly gone, but the legacy left by those founders and early settlers remains. That legacy is the heritage of a way of life that did more to shape the character of the community than any brick and mortar buildings ever could.
During the 1950s, young families moving out from Houston began to give Friendswood its modern, bedroom stature, but the population was still less than 1,000 in 1959. In 1960, farsighted local men put into action a plan for the incorporation of Friendswood, and the town elected its first mayor, city council, and a law officer--a move which helped prepare it to cope with the tremendous growth which took place in the decade of the 1960s as hundreds of NASA employees chose Friendswood as their home. Subdivisions, schools, churches, businesses and community organizations mushroomed. By 1966 Friendswood had its first medical clinic, pharmacy, bank, newspaper and police department. In 1969 the population was 5,200.
Growth continued unabated through the 1970s and 1980s, and the population was nearing 29,000. Friendswood became a suburban community of fine homes, churches, businesses, schools and organizations. The strong volunteer instincts of the residents enabled the city to build a municipal building in 1965 without debt because residents donated labor, materials and funding. In 1971 they built a replica of the Frank J. Brown home to serve as a repository of Friendswood's heritage.
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