Choosing where a child goes to school is one of the most important decisions a parent will ever make.

For those who live in Northwest Houston, the choice is easy, because those parents are fortunate to be a part of one of the state’s most acclaimed districts, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. CFISD is one of the fastest-growing school districts in the nation, with a student enrollment of more than 115,000. It is the second-largest district in the Houston area and the third largest in the state. CFISD enjoys a diverse student population, with more than 100 languages spoken. A fiscal leader in Texas, the district is one of only three to earn a five-star rating from Texas Smart Schools in every year of the program’s existence.

For parents with young children, early childhood education is a great way to start their child’s education journey. CFISD offers an expanded full-day pre-K program, with caring teachers who encourage their young students to explore their imaginations and embrace their curiosity. CFISD pre-K students even start learning math and reading skills!

In CFISD schools, all students from pre-K through 12th grade learn from top-quality educators in some of the most technologically advanced facilities in Texas. More importantly, CFISD students have the chance to try new things, explore new interests and expand their horizons through a robust range of learning experiences and growth opportunities.

All CFISD students are encouraged to participate in a variety of academic and extracurricular activities. The district puts great emphasis on the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and offers an exceptional array of opportunities, such as Robotics, Engineering Design, Forensics and Advanced Quantitative Reasoning. For those students who thrive on a more accelerated pace, CFISD’s gifted and talented program provides the depth and academic complexity children need to further develop their talents and interests.

Whether it’s band, orchestra, sculpture or photography, at CFISD, fine arts play a significant role in educational development. Beginning in the elementary years, the importance of artistic appreciation and creativity is stressed throughout CFISD schools. For those who further wish to develop their connection to the arts, students in middle and high school have the opportunity to pursue the many options in CFISD. This is one of the reasons Harrison Yu’s parents chose CFISD for their talented son. Harrison is a gifted concert pianist and Juilliard candidate, and his parents knew that Harrison’s natural talents would be nurtured and celebrated in CFISD’s award-winning fine arts program.

Sports are among the best and most effective ways students can learn character-building life lessons. CFISD offers physical education programs, as well as renowned organized team and individual sports, cheerleading and drill team opportunities. Sports in CFISD schools are second to none. Just ask CFISD graduate and Olympic swimmer, Cammile Adams. Cammile’s parents chose Cypress-Fairbanks ISD to give their daughter the chance to dive into exceptional academic programs as well as the swimming pool. Today, Cammile has two Olympic appearances under her swim cap and owns her own swim school. Her success shows how the opportunities available to all students in CFISD can develop champions. The parents of professional basketball stars Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike chose CFISD for the same reason. By choosing CFISD, with its dedicated teachers and coaches, Chiney and Nneka’s parents ensured their daughters would be in the best environment to learn, be empowered, and achieve their dreams.

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is also a destination district for its college/career preparation. The district’s dual-credit partnership with Lone Star College—CyFair enables students to earn college hours while attending high school, and the College Academy partnership allows students to leave high school with an associate degree at a fraction of the cost. Students in CFISD’s robust Career & Technical Education program can earn nearly 70 industry certifications before graduating.

Nothing demonstrated CFISD’s commitment to their students like their quick response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To accommodate for the shifting instructional landscape in 2020, CFISD’s Board of Trustees approved the purchase of Chromebooks for every CFISD student. By the end of the school year, all 115,000+ students were paired with a district-owned laptop. Even more exciting, the CFISD technology and transportation departments teamed up to ensure students had the internet access they needed by equipping several school buses with Wi-Fi access points, providing learners with another option to connect with their teachers and classmates online. CFISD also implemented significant layers of health and safety protocols for on-campus instruction for students and staff. Whatever the future may bring, parents can rest assured that CFISD will respond quickly with their children’s best interests at heart.

When you consider CFISD’s first-class educational programs and unwavering passion for bringing out the best in each student, there’s no question choosing Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is one of the most rewarding decisions a parent can make for their child.

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