District Overview

  • Challenger Elementary Students on the playground.

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    Through all the years of growth in Pearland, the school district has consistently been the heart of the town. The first school, built in 1893, was a one-room wood structure with a wood-burning stove and 23 students taught by Miss Nannie Rogers. More than a century later, the district has 23 campuses, 1,339 teachers and more than 21,000 students.

    Pearland ISD strives to offer a world-class education that develops every child’s unique gifts and talents. Our diverse programs challenge and equip students for future success:

    • Gifted and Talented Academy
    • Dual Language Pilot Program (dual English/Spanish classrooms)
    • Turner College and Career High School
    • Career and Technical Education workforce learning and career pathways 
    • Dual credit/dual degrees through local colleges
    • Associate degrees
    • Professional certifications
    • Championship athletic programs
    • Premier drama, choral, band and art programs
    • Special Olympics 

Student Ethnic Distribution

  • Hispanic/Latino 37.4%
    White 32.4%
    Black/African American 14.70%
    Asian 11.3%
    Multi-racial 3.9%
    American Indian / Alaskan 0.2%
    Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0.1%

     *Information as of November 2022 

Student Information

  • Student/Teacher Ratio: 16.55 to 1
    Attendance Rate: 95.09 percent
    Dropout Rate: .1 percent

    Enrollment Count

Personnel Facts

  • Pearland ISD is the largest employer in Pearland, with approximately 2,766 full-time employees. All employees are encouraged to further their education through staff development programs and workshops and continuing education programs.

    Administrative/Professional: 363
    Teacher: 1,361 (Avg. Years of Teaching Experience: 13)
    Paraprofessional: 390
    Auxiliary: 652

Teacher Salary

  • Beginning Teacher: $60,500
    Average Teacher: $65,704 (Based on standard 185 day contract)


  • The comprehensive academic program in grades K-12 provides students the opportunity to reach their full potential. Special Programs, bilingual/ESL, Gifted and Talented and pre-K services are offered to students who qualify.

    At the secondary level (grades 7-12), the PAP/AP programs serve as the GT program in addition to a GT Academy option for students in grades 5-8. With the State Board of Education-approved Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), the entire K-12 curriculum has real-life application and integrates technology. The district also has an extensive Career and Technical Education program that makes connections with the business community.

Food Service

  • Food Service serves more than 12,500 nutritious breakfasts and lunches per day. Pearland ISD offers free and reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Parents may pre-pay for meals and review purchases through www.SchoolCafe.com.

    Breakfast: $0.00
    Lunch: $0.40

    Breakfast: $1.45
    Lunch: $2.50

    Middle School
    Breakfast: $1.45
    Lunch: $2.75

    Junior High & High School
    Breakfast: $1.45
    Lunch: $3.00

    Free and reduced meal applications are accessible online. Eligibility decisions are based on federally-established income and household size guidelines without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, age or disability.

    Non-Discrimination Statement


  • School bus transportation is provided free of charge to students who live two-or-more miles from their school of attendance.

    Transportation may be available in some areas for a fee for those students living less than two miles from their school of attendance.

    Transportation Fees

    $640/year for 1 child in the household
    $100/year additional for the 2nd child in the household
    $100/year additional for the 3rd child in the household
    (Fees are capped at $840/year per household)

    *Transportation may be available at a discounted rate for students who qualify for free or reduced meals through the Food Services department.

    *For students who do not qualify for free or reduced meals, transportation fees cannot be reduced or waived. Participation in the fee-based bus service program requires payment for the service and services can be discontinued for failure to pay as required.