Best Schools in Galveston County - An Overview

By: Tim Dillard

There are many markers to look at in order to determine which are the best schools in Galveston County. The difficulty in using any one marker as the sole determination of quality is that it may not impact a particular student in the way best suited to reach his or her particular skills and abilities, or conversely, weakness and difficulties. So, ultimately, the best schools in Galveston County may depend as much on the chance that placed your child in a particular school district and with a specific teacher at the right time. The best measure of success in any situation is how well the child handles the experience not only immediately, but also as an adult.

One of the factors that can be considered is the amount of money that is spent per child by each of the school districts. That varies a great deal from district to district.

Galveston School District, for example spent $8,800 per student, but 47 percent was spent on instruction. The student-teacher ratio is 15:1 and only 58 percent of students met the 2005-2006 accreditation standards.

In Clear Creek, 84 percent met the 2005-2006 accreditation standards on all tests; the student-teacher ratio is 16.4:1. Average spending per student was $7,897, of which 51.1 percent was spent on instruction.

The Friendswood ISD is a recognized leader on the list of best schools in Galveston County. The spending per pupil is $6,882, of which 54.9 percent is spent on instruction. Ninety percent of the students met accreditation standards on the testing scores, and the student-teacher ratio is 16.4:1.

Obviously, there is no clear relationship between any of the factors and the test scores.

Still, parents who attempt to provide their children with the best schools in Galveston County are also likely to be the ones who spend the most time interacting with their children and with their children's teachers. An area with recreational, cultural, and social benefits will give extra opportunities for interaction between adults and children in a learning environment. This is true whether the adults in question are teachers, parents, neighbors, or other concerned citizens.

The important thing about the school districts is that there is extensive planning going into the new schools and the new communities under master-planning guidelines; there is also ongoing effort in upgrading and improving existing schools in terms of plant upgrades, teacher certification, and programs to assist the parents and students. These are just some of the reasons why they are some of the best schools in Galveston County.

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