Aldine Independent School District

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Aldine Independent School District
2520 W.W. Thorne Blvd.
Houston, TX 77073

ESC Region 4[1]

United States
Coordinates29°56′5″N 95°21′21″W / 29.93472°N 95.35583°W / 29.93472; -95.35583
District information
TypeIndependent school district
MottoWe Are Aldine
GradesPre-K through 12
SuperintendentLaTonya Goffney
Schools82 (2018-2019)
NCES District ID4807710[2]
Students and staff
Students66,854 (2018–2019)[2]
Teachers4,128.18 (FTE)
Student–teacher ratio16.19
Other information

The Aldine Independent School District is a public school district based in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, United States. It serves portions of Houston and unincorporated Harris County. Aldine ISD serves the communities of Aldine, most of Greenspoint, most of East Aldine,[3] and portions of Airline, Acres Homes, Kinwood, Bordersville, and Inwood Forest. The district is part of the taxation base for the Lone Star College System. As of 2020, LaTonya Goffney serves as superintendent of schools.


Aldine School House in 1921

In 1876, after a series of new education laws, Harris County authorized the creation of several school communities. Harris County School Community No. 1, the Westfield School Community, was established by W. L. Higgs, H. Illonefield and James McLeod on September 30, 1876.[4] Harris County School Community No. 13, the Durdin School Community, was established by G. L. Durdin, Pleasant Smith Humble, and H. Smith on December 22, 1876.[5] On November 18, 1881, the trustees of Westfield Community No. 1 (H. Tautenhahn, Redding Jackson and S. Yarborough) were authorized to sell off the old school house and one acre of land to pay for the construction of a new school house.[6] In 1883, 38 students were being educated in the Westfield community, and 20 students in the Higgs community.[7]

On June 18, 1884, the Harris County Commissioners Court consolidated the local school communities (Higgs and Westfield) into one school district: Harris County Common School District 29.[8] A single three-person board directed activities of the district for four decades. On February 19, 1910, a schoolhouse bond of $8,000 (for constructing and equipping a public free school building of wood material) was passed by the citizens.[9] In 1912–1913, District 29 had three intermediate schools (grades 1–7): Aldine, Westfield and Higgs. It also had one high school that educated students in grades 8 and 9: Hartwell.[10] The Westfield school was closed for the 1913-1914 school year.[11]

On June 18, 1932, District 29 residents voted 123-44 for a $40,000 bond to consolidate the four schoolhouses for white students (Aldine, Brubaker, Higgs and Westfield) into one new centralized school.[12] This two-story brick building would contain 12 classrooms and an auditorium.[13] It would house grades 1-7 and allow the district to offer high school classes (grades 8 and 9) for the first time since the Hartwell School had closed.[14] When the 1932-33 school year began, high school students met at Memorial Baptist Church, located at East Montgomery Road (today's Airline Drive) and Gulf Bank.[15] The new, as yet unnamed school opened in February 1933 at the intersection of Aldine-Bender Road and Aldine Westfield and immediately was filled to capacity.[15] District 29 added grades 10 and 11 in 1933-34 to complete what was then considered a full high school program.[16] On May 25, 1934, the now-christened S.M.N. Marrs School graduated its first class, consisting of nine students.[17] S. M. N. Marrs was named for Starlin Marion Newberry Marrs, who served as the state superintendent of public instruction for Texas from 1923 to 1932. Roughly a year later, in the spring of 1935, District 29 absorbed part of Common School District 49, also known as the North Houston District.[18]

Marrs High School in 1940

On May 4, 1935, voters in Common School District 29 approved creation of the Aldine Independent School District (AISD) by a 128 to 28 margin.[18] With the S.M.N. Marrs School filled to capacity, AISD voters approved 57-14 a $25,000 bond for construction of a new 10-classroom junior/senior high school building on September 7, 1935.[19] This new building opened in 1936 next door to the Marrs School on Aldine-Westfield Road.[20] It too was named S.M.N. Marrs. AISD acquired part of Common School District 26, also known as the White Oak District, in 1937.[21] This added portions of Acres Homes to AISD. Included was the White Oak School, which became the district's school for black students. In the spring of 1948, AISD opened another high school located immediately to the north of S.M.N. Marrs High.[22] This school was named Aldine High School, after the nearby community. The former Marrs High School was turned into a junior high school.

On November 24, 1954, the main building of Aldine High School was destroyed by a six-alarm fire.[23] A new high school campus was built in 1956 at 11101 Airline Drive at West Road on the site of the former Gulf Coast Airport.[24]


In 1964, George Franklin Sampson attempted to enroll his children at Aldine High School. The district denied his request and informed him that his children were required to attend Carver High School, the district's black school. Sampson filed a lawsuit against the district, Sampson and the United States v. Aldine Independent School District, arguing that Aldine ISD's separate schools for black students were illegal. The court ruled in favor of Sampson, requiring the district to integrate its schools.[25]

In 1977, although Aldine ISD was almost 75% white, the district still had several schools which were all black.[26] As a result, the district was placed under a federal court order to redraw attendance zones so that every school in 1978 would have less than 30% black enrollment.[25][26] The order also stated that for each subsequent year the district must keep black enrollment at every school within 15% of the district average and that the percentage of black teachers at each school should be within 5% of the district average at primary schools and 10% at secondary schools.[26] The court order was removed on December 5, 2002.[25]


Aldine ISD received the Broad Prize for Urban Education in 2009 and was a finalist for the award in 2004, 2005, and 2008.[27] The district received a Magna Award in 1999 from the American School Board Journal for its "Benchmark Targets for Academic Achievement" program.[28] The school board was listed as the Outstanding School Board by the Texas Association of School Administrators in 1973 and 1998, and was listed as an Honor Board in 2013.[29]


For the 2018–2019 school year, AISD had a total enrollment of 66,854 students.[2] 87.2% of students were economically disadvantaged, 34.6% were English Language Learners, and 8.1% received Special Education Services.[30]

Ethnic Distribution[30]


M. B. Sonny Donaldson Resource Center

As of the 2010–2011 school year, the appraised valuation of property in the district was $12,523,849,000.[1] The maintenance tax rate was $0.113 and the bond tax rate was $0.017 per $100 of appraised valuation.[1]

Academic achievement[edit]

In 2011, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[31] Forty-nine percent of districts in Texas in 2011 received the same rating.[32] No state accountability ratings will be given to districts in 2012.[33] A school district in Texas can receive one of four possible rankings from the Texas Education Agency: Exemplary (the highest possible ranking), Recognized, Academically Acceptable, and Academically Unacceptable (the lowest possible ranking).

Historical district TEA accountability ratings[31]

  • 2014: Met Standard
  • 2013: Met Standard
  • 2011: Academically Acceptable
  • 2010: Academically Acceptable
  • 2009: Academically Acceptable
  • 2008: Academically Acceptable
  • 2007: Academically Acceptable
  • 2006: Academically Acceptable
  • 2005: Academically Acceptable
  • 2004: Academically Acceptable

(Note that the TEA did not issue accountability ratings in 2012 as it was revising its ratings system.)


Alternative schools[edit]

  • Lane School (Unincorporated) (Early Childhood–12)
  • COMPASS (Unincorporated) (2–12)
  • Hall Center for Education (Opened 1995) (Unincorporated)
  • Dr. Archie Blanson Career and Technical Education High School (9-12)

Secondary schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

Senior High Schools (10–12)[edit]
Ninth Grade Schools (9)[edit]
  • Aldine Ninth Grade School (Opened 1998) (Houston)
  • Eisenhower Ninth Grade School(Opened 1999) (Houston)
  • Douglas MacArthur Ninth Grade School (Opened 2000) (Unincorporated)
  • Nimitz Ninth Grade School (Opened 2000) (Unincorporated)
  • Davis Ninth Grade School

Middle Schools (6–8)[edit]

  • Aldine Middle School (Colts)(Unincorporated)
  • Drew Academy (Badgers) (Opened 1963)(Alternative school from 1978-1995) (Houston)
  • Garcia Middle School (Ravens)(Unincorporated) (Opened 2018)
  • Grantham Academy (Panthers) (Unincorporated)
  • Hambrick Middle School (Hawks) (Opened 1961)(Unincorporated)
  • Hoffman Middle School (Hornets) (Houston)
  • Jones Middle School (Toros) (‘’Opened 2018’’)
  • Lewis Middle School (Lions) (Opened 2010) (Unincorporated)
  • Mead Middle School (Jaguars) (‘’Opened 2018’’)
  • Plummer Middle School (Pumas)(Opened 2006) (Unincorporated)
  • Shotwell Middle School (Sharks)(Unincorporated)
  • Thomas J. Stovall Middle School (Stallion)(Opened 1964)(Houston)
  • Teague Middle School (Trojans)(Unincorporated)
  • YES Prep @ Hoffman Middle School (Houston, Charter)
    • The school uses Hoffman Middle School as a host campus

Primary schools[edit]

Former Intermediate Schools–Now Elementary Schools (5–6)[edit]

Escamilla Elementary School
  • Caraway Elementary School (Opened 1993) (Houston)
  • Eckert Intermediate School (Opened 1994) (Unincorporated)
  • Escamilla Elementary School (Opened 1994) (Unincorporated)
  • Elementary School (FKA: Northwest Intermediate School) (Opened 2002) (Unincorporated)

Hill Elementary School

  • Houston Academy ( ONLY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL)(Opened 2002) (Houston)
  • Marcella Elementary School (Opened fall 2007) (Houston)
  • Parker Elementary School (Opened 1995) (Unincorporated)
  • Rayford(Ogden) Elementary School (Opened 2010) ("Unincorporated")
  • Reed Academy (Opened 1995) (Unincorporated)
  • Stehlik Elementary School (Opened 1994) (Unincorporated)
  • Wilson Elementary School (Opened 1993) (Unincorporated)

Elementary schools (1–5)[edit]

Bussey Elementary School
Odom Elementary School
Oleson Elementary School
Stephens Elementary School
  • Conley Elementary School (Unincorporated)
  • Kujawa Elementary School (FKA: Aldine Elementary School) (Opened 2004) (Unincorporated)
  • Spence Elementary School (Opened 2005) (Unincorporated)
  • Thompson Elementary School (Houston)
  • Black Elementary School (Houston)
  • Bussey Elementary School (Opened 2004) (Houston)
  • Calvert Elementary School (Opened 1992) (Unincorporated)
  • Caraway Elementary School (Opened 1993) (Houston)
  • Carmichael Elementary School (Unincorporated)
  • Carroll Academy (Unincorporated)
  • Carter Academy (Opened 1999, Unincorporated)
  • Dunn Elementary School (Unincorporated)
  • Ermel Elementary School (Houston)
  • Francis Elementary School (Unincorporated)
  • Goodman Elementary (FKA: Hidden Valley Elementary School) (Opened 1964) (Houston)
  • Gray Elementary School (Opened 1989) (Unincorporated)
  • Harris Academy (Opened 2000) (Houston)
  • Johnson Elementary School (Unincorporated)
  • Jones Elementary School (Opened 2008) (Unincorporated)
  • Magrill Elementary School (Unincorporated)
  • Mendel Elementary School (Houston)
  • Odom Elementary School (Unincorporated)
  • Orange Grove Elementary School (Unincorporated)
  • Oleson Elementary School (Opened 1961) (Unincorporated)
  • Raymond Academy for Engineering (The school is a zoned school) (Unincorporated)
  • Sammons Elementary School (Unincorporated)
  • Smith Academy (Houston)
  • Stephens Elementary School (Unincorporated)
  • Stovall Academy (Opened 1991) (Houston)
  • Bill Worsham Elementary School (Unincorporated)
  • Mary M. Bethune Academy (Houston) (closed 2018)
  • Anderson Academy (Houston)
  • Reece Pre-K – K Academy (Houston)

Early childhood schools[edit]

Garcia-Leza EC/PK/K Center
  • de Santiago EC/PK/K & Head Start Center (Unincorporated)
  • Hinojosa EC/PK/K & Head Start Center (Unincorporated)
  • A. W. Jones EC/PK/K Center (Opened Fall 2008)
  • Keeble EC/PK/K & Head Start Center (Unincorporated)
  • Kujawa EC/PK/K Center (Opened Fall 2008)
  • Lou Vardamen EC/PK/K Center (Opened Fall 2018)
  • Griggs EC/PK/K Center (Opened Fall 2018)
  • Vines EC/PK & Head Start Center (Houston)
  • Escamilla EC/PK/K Center (Opened Fall 2009) (Unincorporated)
  • Norma Garcia-Leza EC/PK/K Center (Opened Fall 2007)

Former schools[edit]

  • Bethune Academy (closed 2018)
  • Mendel Elementary School (closed 2017)
  • Bordersville Elementary School (closed 1976)
  • Edgewood Elementary School
  • Inez Carroll Elementary School (Raymac Rd campus) (1953 - 2001)
  • Katherine Smith Elementary School (1954 - 1959) (now part of the Houston Independent School District)
  • Marrs/Aldine Elementary (1933 - 1961) (now the Ellen B. Lane Center)
  • Marrs Junior/Senior High School (1936 - 1956) (Building incorporated into current Aldine Middle School)
  • Aldine Senior High School (Aldine-Westfield Rd campus) (1948 - 1954)

Other facilities[edit]

M.O. Campbell Educational Center


The current headquarters building is the M.B. Sonny Donaldson Administration Building, a two-story facility in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, across from Nimitz High School.[35] The school district acquired the facility in spring 2015 from Baker Hughes and opened it on March 21, 2016, with the dedication ceremony on April 19 of that year. The funds to purchase it came from the general operating budget.[36]

The previous headquarters were in East Aldine.[37] After serving as the headquarters for a period of over 50 years, the former headquarters has since been demolished

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Texas School Directory 2012" (PDF). Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Aldine ISD". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  3. ^ District Map (Archive). East Aldine District. January 2012. Retrieved on May 1, 2014.
  4. ^ Director's School Record for Harris County. p. 62.
  5. ^ Director's School Record for Harris County. p. 74.
  6. ^ Harris County Commissioner Court Minutes. Vol. D. 1881-11-18. p. 360.
  7. ^ Texas School Journal. Vol. 1. Houston, Texas: Texas Educational Journal Publishing Co. Jan–Dec 1883. p. 194.
  8. ^ Harris County Commissioners Court Minutes. Vol. E. 1884. p. 104.
  9. ^ Harris County Commissioners Minutes. Vol. P. 1910-06-30. pp. 308–309.
  10. ^ Pugh, L. L. (1913). Report of Harris County Schools. Houston.
  11. ^ Pugh, L. L. (1914). Report of Harris County Schools. Houston: Rein & Sons Company.
  12. ^ "School District 29 Votes $40,000 Issue". Houston Chronicle. June 19, 1932.
  13. ^ "New School Planned In Aldine District". Houston Chronicle. August 23, 1932.
  14. ^ "District Has Dispute Over School Site". Houston Press. August 23, 1932.
  15. ^ a b "Aldine School Building Nearing Completion". Houston Post. February 5, 1933.
  16. ^ "4-Year School Is Slated". Houston Post. May 21, 1933.
  17. ^ "Aldine School Exercises Will Be Held Friday". Houston Post. May 20, 1934.
  18. ^ a b "Westfield-Aldine District Votes for Independent Area". Houston Chronicle. May 5, 1935.
  19. ^ "Aldine School Bond Issue Is Approved". Houston Post. September 8, 1935.
  20. ^ "Many Schools Over County Open". Houston Chronicle. September 9, 1936.
  21. ^ "Schools At Aldine Open Term Monday". Houston Post. September 12, 1937.
  22. ^ Aldine High Roundup. 1948.
  23. ^ "Aldine's School Loss $400,000". Houston Chronicle. November 25, 1954.
  24. ^ Jackson, Ron. "Humble Oil 1952 Road Map of Houston". Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  25. ^ a b c Graham, Priscilla T; Thibodeaux, James (19 November 2018). Historic Acres Homes the 44. Priscilla T Graham. pp. 15–19. ISBN 978-1-387-72695-0. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  26. ^ a b c "Schools seek end of desegregation order." Associated Press at the Victoria Advocate. September 22, 2002. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  27. ^ "The Broad Prize for Urban Education". The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  28. ^ "Magna Winners 1999". American School Board Journal. National School Boards Association. Archived from the original on 19 August 2000.
  29. ^ "Outstanding School Board & Honor Boards 1971-Present". Texas Association of School Administrators. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  30. ^ a b "Profile: ALDINE ISD". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  31. ^ a b "2011 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 28 June 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  32. ^ "Texas Accountability System Summary of Ratings for 2004 through 2011(as of November 2, 2011) District Ratings by Rating Category (including Charter Operators)". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 7 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  33. ^ "Accountability Rating System for Texas Public Schools and Districts". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 24 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  34. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF) Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machinelink= link= 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine
  35. ^ "Central Office Location Archived 2017-01-18 at the Wayback Machine." Aldine Independent School District. Retrieved on January 12, 2017.
  36. ^ "Aldine ISD’s Central Office is relocating." Aldine Independent School District. Retrieved on January 12, 2017.
  37. ^ "School Directory Archived 2014-05-05 at the Wayback Machine." Aldine Independent School District. Retrieved on May 5, 2014. "14910 Aldine Westfield Rd., Houston, TX 77032"

Further reading[edit]

Harris County Block Book maps, Aldine ISD Antoine Drive Bus Maintenance Facility (JPG, PDF). Volume 119, page 208.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°52′17″N 95°26′41″W / 29.8713361°N 95.4446617°W / 29.8713361; -95.4446617