WALLER INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
The Waller Independent School District, established in 1887, encompasses
328 square miles in Northwest Harris and Waller Counties. The District serves the
communities of Hockley, Prairie View and Waller. In April 1989 the district was revisited
by an accreditation team from the Texas Education Agency and maintained full accreditation
as a result of the visit.
The district provides an excellent education for Pre-K through twelfth grade, as well
as adult education programs, vocational programs and special education for preschool and
school age children. Sixty percent of the Waller students are college bound. The district
provides a variety of educational opportunities and involvement for the entire community.
Waller ISD has a visionary plan for technology. Each school is networked to every
classroom. During the 1997-98 school year, a wide area network was added which gave every
classroom a direct Internet connection.
Teachers - 251
Librarians - 6
Administrators - 25
TOTAL - 524
Nurses - 3
Paraprofessionals - 102
Professional Support - 11
Auxiliary Employees - 117
District Enrollment - 3,870 (4A)
Student/Teacher Ratio - 15:1
For more information on the Waller Independent School District you can
visit their web site at http://www.waller.isd.esc4.net.
H E M PSTEAD INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
The slogan of the Hempstead Independent School
A SCHOOL DISTRICT ON THE MOVE !
... exemplifies the attitude and the environment of the school. Enormous change and
improvement ranging from academics to facilities characterize the key features of the
Hempstead School District. The district is conservative in its approach to learning with a
strong emphasis on basic skills, however, innovative and progressive methods of
instruction and curriculum have produced powerful results in a short period of time. A
great amount of enthusiasm and excitement exists at this time with the many positive
changes which are occurring in the Hempstead Schools.
Encompassing 190 square miles, the Hempstead District has one elementary school (PK-5),
one middle school (6-8), and one high school (9-12) and with the passage of a bond issue
in 1996, the district has undertaken an aggressive building and renovation program. A new
middle school was completed in the summer of 1997 and extensive renovations to the high
school and elementary school were completed the following year. A new track facility was
also completed in 1998 and current planning is underway for a new athletic stadium.
Student achievement is improving district wide as evidenced by rising TAAS scores for
the past three years. Exit level test scores for 1996-1998 are not only reflective of this
trend but are also indicative of Hempstead Independent School District's commitment to
Hempstead is a community of approximately 3,956 people located 50 miles west of
Houston. The community has a friendly, small town atmosphere, yet all of the conveniences
of a big city are just a short drive away. Nature has provided a beautiful landscape for
the area that is particularly known for its abundance of wildflowers. An advantage to the
school district is that Hempstead is still a town which supports local education with many
of our students representing 2nd and 3rd generation families that have resided in
Hempstead for many years. The diverse population of the community also offers rich
cultural experiences for students and staff alike.
For more information on the Hempstead Independent School District you can visit
their web site at http://www.hempstead.isd.esc4.net
ROYAL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Royal Independent School District is located in southern
Waller County and serves the communities of Brookshire, Pattison, Sunnyside and
surrounding areas. The district boundaries are FM 529 to the north, the Harris County line
to the east, the Fort Bend County line to the south and the Brazos River to the west. This
area contains a total of 161 square miles.
The district was established by special election in January, 1959 when the citizens of
the Brookshire and Pattison School Districts voted to consolidate. The newly combined
district was known as the Pattison. Brookshire Consolidated Independent School District
until February, 1960 when it was renamed the Royal Independent School District by the
Board of Trustees.
Royal I.S.D. currently operates five separate schools on five separate campuses. These
are the Early Childhood Center in Pattison, the Primary and Intermediate Schools in
Brookshire, and the Middle and High Schools located halfway between the two communities on
The district serves a total student population of 1407 students from pre-kindergarten
through twelfth grade. Special programs are available to all students through compensatory
education, special education, English as a second language (ESL), vocational education,
gifted and talented (O/T) and honors programs. The student population is culturally and
For more information on the Royal Independent School District
you can visit their web site at http://www.royal.isd.esc4.net
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY
Prairie View A&M University, one of the Nation's oldest historically Black
universities, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service. Although its
primary mission is to serve Texas through high quality undergraduate, graduate, special/
continuing education and research programs, its service area extends to the Nation and the
World. Prairie View A&M University is deeply committed to cultural diversity, equal
opportunity, and to meeting the needs of a diverse society and the priorities of Texas.
The University is a state assisted institution; a land.grant institution by federal
statue; and a "state-wide special purpose" institution by legislative
designation, serving a population with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Prairie View A&M University is designated by the Texas Constitution as one of the
three "institutions of the first class."
From its special purpose designation, the university derives much of its uniqueness in
Texas higher education, particularly its special responsibility to educate and elevate
historically by-passed and under-privileged people. Additionally, this special designation
commits the University to high intellectual rigor, relevance to the community it serves,
and the high educational standards needed to prepare graduates for careers in education,
engineering, food and agricultural sciences, human sciences, humanities, nursing, science
and mathematics, social sciences, social work, technology, and many other disciplines.
PVAMU is the largest employer in Waller County. The University's FY 1999 budget of $76
million has an overall economic impact on Waller and surrounding counties of over $190
Prairie View will generate local income of approximately $52 million in
FY 1999- which is over twice the state appropriation of $26 million for the university.
Gifts, grants, and contracts represent $23 million for the university and have an
economic impact of $75.5 million on the State of Texas.
PVAMU conducts a Cooperative Extension Program in 25 counties, from Lamar County in the
north to Starr County in the Valley.
The 75th Texas Legislative, 1997, authorized the Center for the Study and Prevention of
Juvenile Crime and Delinquency at PVAMU (Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center), the only
one of its kind in the State.
PVAMU is ranked third in the nation for producing African-American students with
computer science and math degrees and fourth for engineers, and is a leader in the number
of black graduates admitted to medical school.
The College of Education has established the Prairie View A&M University Local
Cooperative Education Center and charged it with advising the College in its efforts to
restructure and strengthen its programs. The Advisory Board is composed of representatives
from twenty-six school districts, two Education Services Center, and the business
Prairie View is ranked ninth in the state in research expenditures out
of 34 publically supported colleges and universities in research expenditures.
For additional information about the University, please contact the Office of Research
and Development at 409/857-2245 or visit their web site at http://www.pvamu.edu
Office of Institutional Development Prairie View A&M University
"Making a positive
difference in the lives of our students, the progress of Texas, and in the value of our
nation in the world community."
P.O. Box 4129
Prairie View, TX 77446