The mission of Pasadena ISD, the gateway to unlimited opportunity for the youth of our culturally rich community, is to empower students to become accomplished, self-directed, and collaborative citizen-scholars who boldly contribute to an increasingly complex and evolving world by engaging in rigorous curriculum, relevant experiences, and positive relationships while embracing the uniqueness of each individual.

Pasadena Independent School District realizes that one size does not fit all. In response, the district provides an exceptional, versatile education yielding infinite possibilities for all students. Through positive community relationships, the district provides a menu of postsecondary, technical and specialized opportunities that prepare students for higher education and adaptable workplace environments.


While Pasadena Independent School District began as a one-room school house in 1868, it has become a large urban district employing over 7,200 employees and serving approximately 54,000 students in 63 schools including the new Career and Technology High School, opening in Pasadena’s Genoa-Red Bluff area in August 2014. The district covers portions of Pasadena, South Houston, Houston and Pearland and offers area residents 35 elementary, 10 intermediate, five high schools and two schools of choice and two alternative campuses. The district is home to the annual McDonald’s Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament, one of the largest high school tournaments in the country. This year’s tournament brought in over $1 million in proceeds benefitting the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation’s Mini Grant Program, to provide students the opportunity to participate in innovative educational experiences through grants to teachers.


Students at Pasadena ISD meet challenges head on and engage in rigorous curriculum. The number of students involved in dual credit and Advanced Placement classes continues to grow as part of Pasadena ISD’s commitment to College and Career Readiness. In recent years, the district has seen a 400-fold increase in Advanced Placement participation while dual credit courses provide students the opportunity to graduate from high school with a diploma and an associate’s degree. Pasadena graduates have attended some of the top Ivy League schools in the country like Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and Rice University. For students who choose not to attend college, the district offers an array of opportunities to earn an associate’s degree, graduate with a diploma, earn college credits, gain professional certification or a license in high-demand areas like pre-engineering, nursing and welding.

Pasadena ISD students excel in the classroom as well as outside of it. The district offers an exceptional fine arts program and has been named one of the best communities for music education. In support of the award-winning fine arts program, Pasadena ISD employs over 250 fine arts teachers in the areas of elementary music, band, choir, orchestra, visual arts, theatre arts and dance. Students excel in a variety of extra-curricular activities. Pasadena students have claimed national Decathlon and state softball championships.

Inspiring the Journey

Pasadena Independent School District boasts a rich history of success credited to the people who have served the community as educators. With strong community and business support, the district has spent just over $1 billion in the past 24 years to provide new facilities and renovations designed to promote smaller learning communities and flexibility for teaching activities.  Our outstanding teachers and innovative programs have created an endless cycle of student achievement because we see the students of today as the leaders of tomorrow. In essence, the district is an engine of opportunity for Pasadena citizens. 

Everyone has purpose, worth, and dignity.  
Individual potential is unknown and immeasurable.  
Family dynamics profoundly influence the decisions individuals make and the people they become.
Connecting with others and building positive, meaningful relationships are essential.
Learning is instinctive, lifelong, and unique to the individual.
Communication is pervasive, essential, ever-present, and multidimensional.   Feeling safe enhances the ability to learn.  
Diversity adds value to all areas of life.
Change is natural and continuous.
Each person is responsible and accountable in all aspects of life for the choices he or she makes.

Elementary Schools: 63
Middle Schools: 8
Intermediate Schools: 10
High Schools: 6
Alternative: 4
Total Schools: 63 

Elementary Schools: 17:2
Intermediate Schools: 17:2
High Schools: 19:1
District Average: 17:2

Graduates: 2,997 = 89 percent
Recommended HS program: 2,113
AP/Dual Enrollment: 859

Hispanic: 82 percent
White: 7 percent
African American: 7 percent
Asian: 3 percent
Other: 1 percent

Bachelor's Degree: $47,600
Master's Degree: $48,600

Teachers: 3,540
Auxilary Staff: 2,163
Educational Aides: 776
Professional Support: 668
Campus Administration: 184
Central Office: 71

Bilingual/ESL: 26 percent
Gifted: 5 percent
Special Education: 9 percent


  • Pasadena ISD employs 7,219 individuals. 
  • Since 2003, the McDonald's Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament has donated more than $1 million to the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation. 
  • Pasadena ISD high school students earned top places in national and international Career and Technology competitions.   
  • More than 350 Promethean boards are being utilized in classrooms district wide-taking students on educational journeys across the world. 
  • Pasadena ISD is home of the largest HOSTS program in the state with more than 2,500 annual volunteers helping students develop better reading skills. Students from all five Pasadena ISD high schools were named as All-State students in band, orchestra and choir. 
  • Pasadena ISD was named a leader in music education for five consecutive years by a national survey sponsored by the NAMM Foundation and its AMC division. 
  • In 2011-2012, three district high schools -- Dobie, Pasadena and Memorial -- qualified for state competition in Academic Decathlon. 
  • In 2011-2012, every district sixth-grader visited a college campus after completing the Kids2College curriculum.  
High Schools 7:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Elementary Schools 7:50 a.m.-3:05 p.m.  (Morning Pre-Kindergarten 7:55-10:55 a.m. Afternoon session 12:10-3:10 p.m.)
Intermediate Schools 8:20 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Middle Schools 8:40 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Pasadena ISD has a rich history of generous community members and patrons...those who contribute time, talents, resources and money to enhance the education of our students. Through Partners in Pasadena, our community has a variety of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of students. For more information on how to be a volunteer, click here.