District Overview

  • Challenger Elementary Students on the playground. 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, 1,364 teachers and more than 21,500 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)
    • IB World School (Massey Ranch Elementary)
    • 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

  • White 35.5%
    Hispanic 34.6%
    Black 14.8%
    Asian 11.0%
    Multi-racial 3.7%
    American Indian .3%
    Native Hawaiian 0.1%

Student Information

  • Student/Teacher Ratio: 15.8 to 1
    Attendance Rate: 96.8 percent
    Dropout Rate: .05 percent

    Enrollment Count

Personnel Facts

  • Pearland ISD is the largest employer in Pearland, with approximately 2,685 full-time employees. All employees are encouraged to further their education through staff development programs and workshops and continuing education programs.

    Administrative/Professional: 354
    Teacher: 1,344 (Avg. Years of Teaching Experience: 11.8)
    Paraprofessional: 395 
    Auxiliary: 634

Teacher Salary

  • Beginning Teacher: $56,000
    Average Teacher: $59,697 (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 pre-AP/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: $0.30
    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

    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 to students living two or more miles from their school of attendance. Transportation is available for a monthly fee for those living less than two miles from the school of attendance.

    Transportation Fees 2018-19:
    $640/year for 1 child in household
    $740/year for 2 children in household
    $840/year for 3+ children in household