Parents and students alike enjoy the educational opportunities available to them in Pearland. In fact, nearly half of Pearland residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. And, with nearly 350,000 college students in the region, more graduates join the workforce every year.
Colleges and universities
The following table outlines the educational attainment demographics within the City of Pearland.
Source: American Community Survey 2010
Nearly 350,000 students are enrolled in more than 60 degree-granting colleges, universities and technical schools in the Houston region.
University of Houston Clear Lake Pearland Campus
University of Houston-Clear Lake, a nationally accredited upper-level university, partnered with the City of Pearland to bring career-building higher education to the Pearland community. UHCL opened the new beautiful Pearland campus in fall 2010. Students can complete junior, senior and graduate courses at the UHCL Pearland Campus in high-demand disciplines such as business, education and psychology.
The following colleges and universities are within the Houston region and offer associates, bachelor and doctoral degrees in many areas of study.
Source: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 2005
Additional instruction is available at the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Art Institute of Houston, College of Biblical Studies, Commonwealth Inst. of Funeral Service, HBU School of Nursing, Houston Graduate School of Theology, ITT Technical Institute, LeTourneau University, Our Lady of the Lake University, Prairie View A&M School of Nursing, SMU Perkins School of Theology, South Texas College of Law, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, St. Mary's Seminary School of Theology, Texas Bible College, Texas Chiropractic College, Texas Woman's University, and the University of Phoenix.
Pearland is served by Alvin, Houston and San Jacinto Community Colleges.
Alvin Community College-Pearland Center
Alvin Community College (ACC) offers customized training and services in professional and workforce development through its Continuing Education Department. ACC provides business solutions, continuous learning strategies and resources to help organizations grow. If you have a training or certification need, ACC can help.
San Jacinto College District
The San Jacinto College District offers university transfer courses (such as history, math, sociology, government and accounting), which could lead to an associate degree for students transferring to a four-year university. Other offerings include a variety of technical courses including computer science, office administration, criminal justice, Microsoft certification, real estate and emergency management.
We are fortunate to have two Exemplary Rated school districts in Pearland. Included in the Pearland city limits are Pearland Independent School District (PISD) and the Alvin Independent School District (AISD).
Pearland Independent School District
The majority of students that live east of State Highway 288 in the City of Pearland attend a Pearland Independent School District school. Encompassing 43.3 square miles, the district has a student enrollment of over 18,700. All 23 campuses are fully accredited by Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the district has an Exemplary rating from TEA. The district provides a comprehensive academic program in grades K-12, which allows students multiple opportunities to reach their potential. Special services, bilingual/ESL, gifted and talented and pre-kindergarten programs are offered to students who qualify. The entire K-12 curriculum has real-life applications that include the integration of technology. This district also has an extensive career and technology program that makes connections with the business community.
Pearland High Schools have achieved national recognition. Both Pearland High School and Glenda Dawson High School were named in Newsweek's America's Best High Schools List in 2013. Dawson High School also earned recognition as one of U.S. News and World Report's Best High Schools for the second year in a row.
Alvin Independent School District
The majority of students in Pearland that live west of State Highway 288 attend the Alvin Independent School District. Alvin ISD is an accredited district with an Exemplary rating from the Texas Education Agency. Twelve of the schools are rated Exemplary and eight are rated Recognized. Astonishing growth has attributed the current number of 22 campuses. The district's current student enrollment is over 17,000 and provides a comprehensive academic program in grades K-12, which allows students multiple opportunities to reach their potential. Special services, bilingual/ESL, gifted and talented and pre-kindergarten programs are offered to students who qualify. The entire K-12 curriculum has real-life applications that include the integration of technology.
Small areas of the community are also served by Houston ISD, Fort Bend ISD and Pasadena ISD.