I-45 Corridor Communities "Great American Towns"

Between Houston and Galveston, the five communities of the Interstate-45 Corridor offer a smaller, quainter approach to Southeast Texas living than the bustling city centers nearby. Dickinson, Santa Fe, Texas City, La Marque and Hitchcock each have their own unique appeal, but all of these small, tight-knit communities take full advantage of the Galveston Bay Area as a great place to live, raise a family, and be part of a community.

These great American towns offer something to meet every lifestyle and interest, from a rural feel and country life in Santa Fe, to the coastal fishing village ambiance of some of the communities along the bay, to traditional homes and neighborhoods. Yet, none of these communities are more than a few minutes’ drive from a major highway, easy access to UTMB facilities, to the island and UTMB’s main campus, or to Houston and all that it offers.

In Hitchcock, just a few miles north of Galveston Island and on the west side of the Bay, the Harborwalk community fuses the majestic beauty of the natural wetlands with the amenities of a master-planned neighborhood, including a stunning marina and club. To the east, the Texas City Dike extends nearly five miles into the open waters of Galveston Bay, and is a common destination for boaters, fisherman, nature lovers, sailors, or those who wish to watch shipping traffic as it motors past. Dickinson is famous for its towering pine trees and a new state-of the-art school sports center and stadium.

Places like the Nessler Park Family Aquatic Center, with water slides, a lazy river and large children’s play area, cater to local families who want to beat the Texas heat in the warmer months of the year. These towns all feature great places to eat, numerous parks, sports fields and courts, bayous, hiking and biking trails, and vibrant community events and festivals. The local county fairground hosts an annual fair and rodeo that draws visitors and competitors from afar, and surprises--like a thriving winery, wilderness park/zoo, golf courses and farmers’ markets--keep life in the region interesting.

These communities are perfectly tailored to meet the needs of residents and families seeking the safety and charm of a small town, while still near to all that is offered by nearby Houston and Galveston.

Hitchcock

La Marque

Texas City

Santa Fe

Dickinson


Education

Dickinson I.S.D. General Information

Dickinson Independent School District offers an exceptional educational experience for students grades K-12 and fabulous facilities with the latest technology.  The district includes six elementary schools, two middle schools and one jr. high and one high school. Dickinson is part of the North Galveston County Chamber of Commerce, and is conveniently located between the Houston metropolitan area and the beaches of Galveston island.  Dickinson is nestled in green foliage, tall pine trees, and winding waterways great for fishing and boating.

District Website

Other Schools and Day Care

Parents and public information

 

District

State Total

Tot. Revenue/ Student

$7,467

$10,339

Tot. Expenditure/ Student

$6,972

$11,146

Gifted & Talented (GT) Funding/ Stu

$19

$83

Career Tech (CTE) Funding/ Stu

$155

$220

Exemplary Campuses

33.3%

5%

Recognized Campuses

33.3%

34.7%

Student Profile

 

District

State Total

Female/ Male

48.1% / 51.9%

48.7% / 51.3%

African American

15.8%

12.8%

Hispanic

43.7%

50.8%

White

36.9%

30.5%

Asian

3.4%

3.6%

GT Enrolled

4.3%

7.7%

CTE Enrolled

20.2%

21.5%

Class Profile

 

District

State Average

Elementary Avg. Class Size

22.8

20

Secondary Avg. Class Size

26.4

18.5

Teachers with 5 or more years experience

66.8%

66.7%

Testing

 

District

State Total

Graduation Rate

81.1%

85.9%

10/11 grade stu: Passed all TAKS

77%

75%

10/11 grade stu: Passed ELA TAKS

93%

92%

“: Passed Math TAKS

86%

82%

“: Passed Science TAKS

85%

84%

“: Passed Social Studies TAKS

97%

96%

AP/IB And Dual Enrollment

21.4%

30.3%

AP/IB Tested

7.8%

24%

AP/IB Passed

2.3%

10.8%

SAT/ACT Tested

44.4%

68.9%

Avg. SAT Score

934

976

Avg. ACT Score

19.4

20.5



Santa Fe I.S.D. General Information

The mission of SFISD is to prepare all members of the Santa Fe Independent School District learning community to achieve and succeed through innovative strategies and collaborative relationships. SFISD spans 72 square miles, and encompasses the cities of Santa Fe, parts of League City, Dickinson, LaMarque, and Hitchcock. Santa Fe ISD retains a rural flavor while having big city amenities and opportunities close at hand for students. The 4-A district serves approximately 4,600 students and is growing at a slow, consistent rate.

District Website

Other Schools and Day Care

 

District

State Total

Tot. Revenue/ Student

$7,041

$10,339

Tot. Expenditure/ Student

$6,690

$11,146

Gifted & Talented (GT) Funding/ Stu

$327

$83

Career Tech (CTE) Funding/ Stu

$214

$220

Exemplary Campuses

42.9%

5%

Recognized Campuses

42.9%

34.7%

Student Profile

 

District

State Total

Female/ Male

47.5% / 52.5%

48.7% / 51.3%

African American

0.8%

12.8%

Hispanic

13.5%

50.8%

White

84.9%

30.5%

Asian

0.4%

3.6%

GT Enrolled

4.1%

7.7%

CTE Enrolled

26.4%

21.5%

Class Profile

 

District

State Average

Elementary Avg. Class Size

22.2

20

Secondary Avg. Class Size

21.7

18.5

Teachers with 5 or more years experience

59.2%

66.7%

Testing

 

District

State Total

Graduation Rate

85.4%

85.9%

10/11 grade stu: Passed all TAKS

67%

75%

10/11 grade stu: Passed ELA TAKS

87%

92%

“: Passed Math TAKS

75%

82%

“: Passed Science TAKS

80%

84%

“: Passed Social Studies TAKS

93%

96%

AP/IB And Dual Enrollment

24%

30.3%

AP/IB Tested

13.9%

24%

AP/IB Passed

3.1%

10.8%

SAT/ACT Tested

40.7%

68.9%

Avg. SAT Score

968

976

Avg. ACT Score

20.3

20.5

 


Texas City I.S.D. General Information

Texas City ISD is a Texas Education Agency Recognized School District. TCISD covers 30,000 residents, 19.3 square miles and has more than 5,900 students. The district is served by one high school (grades 9 - 12), one middle school (grades 7 - 8), one intermediate school (grades 5 - 6), four elementary schools (grades K - 4) and one pre-kindergarten program. The school district is fully accredited by TEA (Texas Education Agency) and carries the Accountability Rating of Recognized.  The Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS report) details TCISD's performance.

District Website

Other Schools and Day Care

 

District

State Total

Tot. Revenue/ Student

$8,867

$10,339

Tot. Expenditure/ Student

$8,560

$11,146

Gifted & Talented (GT) Funding/ Stu

$353

$83

Career Tech (CTE) Funding/ Stu

$189

$220

Exemplary Campuses

0%

5%

Recognized Campuses

33.3%

34.7%

Student Profile

 

District

State Total

Female/ Male

47.5% / 52.5%

48.7% / 51.3%

African American

0.8%

12.8%

Hispanic

13.5%

50.8%

White

84.9%

30.5%

Asian

0.4%

3.6%

GT Enrolled

4.1%

7.7%

CTE Enrolled

26.4%

21.5%

Class Profile

 

District

State Average

Elementary Avg. Class Size

18.5

20

Secondary Avg. Class Size

21

18.5

Teachers with 5 or more years experience

60.3%

66.7%

Testing

 

District

State Total

Graduation Rate

88.2%

85.9%

10/11 grade stu: Passed all TAKS

67%

75%

10/11 grade stu: Passed ELA TAKS

91%

92%

“: Passed Math TAKS

74%

82%

“: Passed Science TAKS

79%

84%

“: Passed Social Studies TAKS

94%

96%

AP/IB And Dual Enrollment

20.7%

30.3%

AP/IB Tested

8.8%

24%

AP/IB Passed

2%

10.8%

SAT/ACT Tested

41.6%

68.9%

Avg. SAT Score

925

976

Avg. ACT Score

20.8

20.5



La Marque I.S.D. General Information

The La Marque Independent School District has a long history of educational excellence, and the district has positioned itself for the transition to the new State assessments. The district's success continues to be based on the leadership of our elected Board of Trustees, the professional educators who work diligently to give every child the best education possible, and the support of our parents and community who value and set high standards for the children in LMISD.  Today, La Marque ISD has over 500 employees. La Marque ISD is a 3A district with over 2,800 students and 8 schools: 1 high school-grades 9-12, 1 early childhood center, 1 Jr. High-grades 7-8, Renaissance Academy-grades 5-8, and 4 elementary schools grades 1-6. 

La Marque’s elementary schools have been recognized by the State for superior academic achievement over the years and Inter-City Elementary received a Blue Ribbon nomination by the former Commissioner of Education in 2012. La Marque ISD has received superior to above standard financial achievement ratings since 2008 from FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas). Additionally, La Marque ISD is a fully accredited institution as recognized by the Texas Education Agency.

Points of Pride

  • Cougar STEM Academy-Grades 9-12;
  • Renaissance Academy-Grades 5-8;
  • Significant increases in the number of LMHS seniors receiving athletic and academic scholarships to various colleges throughout the United States;
  • LMISD had 11 gold medals and 5 silver medals awarded to our students who participated in the Texas Art Education Association competition with one painting featured in New York (Visual Art Scholastic); 
  • 100% of LMISD teachers are “Highly Qualified” under the federal No Child Left Behind guidelines; and
  • TEA literacy grant recipient 2012.  

District Website

Other Schools and Day Care

 

District

State Total

Tot. Revenue/ Student

$8,599

$10,339

Tot. Expenditure/ Student

$9,340

$11,146

Gifted & Talented (GT) Funding/ Stu

$282

$83

Career Tech (CTE) Funding/ Stu

$249

$220

Exemplary Campuses

0%

5%

Recognized Campuses

11.1%

34.7%

Student Profile

 

District

State Total

Female/ Male

47.4% / 52.6%

48.7% / 51.3%

African American

72.8%

12.8%

Hispanic

18.5%

50.8%

White

8.4%

30.5%

Asian

0.2%

3.6%

GT Enrolled

6.1%

7.7%

CTE Enrolled

19.6%

21.5%

Class Profile

 

District

State Average

Elementary Avg. Class Size

25.7

20

Secondary Avg. Class Size

15.9

18.5

Teachers with 5 or more years experience

81.1%

66.7%

Testing

 

District

State Total

Graduation Rate

64.9%

85.9%

10/11 grade stu: Passed all TAKS

61%

75%

10/11 grade stu: Passed ELA TAKS

86%

92%

“: Passed Math TAKS

74%

82%

“: Passed Science TAKS

69%

84%

“: Passed Social Studies TAKS

91%

96%

AP/IB And Dual Enrollment

22.3%

30.3%

AP/IB Tested

30.1%

24%

AP/IB Passed

0.7%

10.8%

SAT/ACT Tested

64.5%

68.9%

Avg. SAT Score

833

976

Avg. ACT Score

16.7

20.5


Hitchcock I.S.D. General Information

Featuring one elementary school, one middle school and one high school, HISD has won the Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller for the fourth year and recently opened a brand new high school campus in March of 2013 to better accommodate the students of the Hitchcock area.

District Website

Other Schools and Day Care

 

District

State Total

Tot. Revenue/ Student

$8,345

$10,339

Tot. Expenditure/ Student

$7,779

$11,146

Gifted & Talented (GT) Funding/ Stu

$13

$83

Career Tech (CTE) Funding/ Stu

$275

$220

Exemplary Campuses

0%

5%

Recognized Campuses

0%

34.7%

Student Profile

 

District

State Total

Female/ Male

49.5% / 50.5%

48.7% / 51.3%

African American

38%

12.8%

Hispanic

29.3%

50.8%

White

31.8%

30.5%

Asian

0.3%

3.6%

GT Enrolled

4.3%

7.7%

CTE Enrolled

12.5%

21.5%

Class Profile

 

District

State Average

Elementary Avg. Class Size

19.8

20

Secondary Avg. Class Size

11.8

18.5

Teachers with 5 or more years experience

67%

66.7%

Testing

 

District

State Total

Graduation Rate

71.6%

85.9%

10/11 grade stu: Passed all TAKS

47%

75%

10/11 grade stu: Passed ELA TAKS

79%

92%

“: Passed Math TAKS

57%

82%

“: Passed Science TAKS

67%

84%

“: Passed Social Studies TAKS

90%

96%

AP/IB And Dual Enrollment

10.5%

30.3%

AP/IB Tested

0%

24%

AP/IB Passed

0%

10.8%

SAT/ACT Tested

54.3%

68.9%

Avg. SAT Score

860

976

Avg. ACT Score

18.6

20.5

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Housing

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