Whether you have a family with school-age children, are a life-long learner interested in advanced education or seek to enhance your own credentials and professional training, the areas where UTMB families live, work and learn offer excellent educational opportunities.

Licensed Day Care

Access to quality (and affordable) day care is at the top of the list of needs for many working parents. A child-care program can have a tremendous influence on a child, and choosing the right setting—one that complements a parent's love and attention and offers important development opportunities in a safe setting—is important. Texas offers 15,000 licensed home-based care providers and more than 9,000 child day-care centers. Many child-care choices are available, and the quality can vary. Fortunately, tools and resources help pair parents with the right providers across the state, beginning with a directory of licensed centers assembled by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

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Public Schools

The communities around UTMB are home to almost a dozen school districts, including some of the state’s top-performing districts. Schools often serve as a foundation for communities and centerpiece of civic pride. Focusing on academics and offering strong athletic and extracurricular activities, local schools are highly regarded by parents, students and educators alike.

Get more info on area school districts: Galveston, Clear Lake, I-45 Corridor, Other Regions in Texas.

Charter Schools

To support and promote local educational initiatives, the 1995 revision of the Texas Education Code established a new type of public school, known as a charter school. Charter schools are subject to fewer state laws than other public schools with the idea of ensuring fiscal and academic accountability without undue regulation of instructional methods or pedagogical innovation. Like school districts, charter schools are monitored and accredited by the state.

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Private Schools

Texas, and the regions where UTMB employees live and work, offer a wide range of private school options for parents attracted to this educational approach. From faith-based schools to academies with focused curriculum or novel teaching strategies, the choices among private schools are broad. The Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC) helps ensure quality in private schools by monitoring and approving organizations that accredit the various non-public elementary and secondary educational institutions in the state of Texas.

Read more about Texas private schools.

Higher Education

About 1.5 million students are enrolled annually in Texas public and private universities, colleges, health institutions and technical schools. The state’s 148 schools of higher education emphasize education for all and strive to keep standards high. In addition to the four schools at UTMB and sister UT institutions in the Texas Medical Center, several other major academic institutions call the region home.

They include the University of Houston, UH Clear Lake; Rice University; Texas Southern University; Texas A&M University at Galveston; Houston Baptist University; University of St. Thomas; Baylor College of Medicine and others. Community colleges around UTMB include Galveston College, College of the Mainland and San Jacinto College.

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Get Additional Information

The links below offer detailed information about Texas school districts, including contact information, accountability data, financial data, demographic data and employment information.

  • District Directory (AskTED): AskTED is an online directory of Texas schools, including charters. The directory primary is primarily used by people seeking contact information for schools, districts and education service centers.
  • District Locator: An interactive tool for mapping districts and regional boundaries and locating schools and districts in the state. It also provides school district data, including accountability ratings, enrollment and contact information.
  • Texas Public Education Information Resource (TPEIR): TPIER provides reports and data on Texas educational topics and trends.