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Education

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Fort Worth offers a wide range of educational resources - from pre-kindergarten to graduate school - to its growing workforce and their families. 

Public Schools

The Fort Worth Independent School District is the largest district in Tarrant County, which has 20 other school districts within its borders.  The Fort Worth ISD contains 139 K-12 schools with more than 81,000 students. Distinguished among its programs are the District's Gold Seal Programs of Choice and Schools of Choice, which provide an opportunity for students to graduate a step ahead for college and career.

Strategic Pathways to Student Success

This pilot project leverages community and technical resources to help Fort Worth ISD students make informed choices about college and career directions. Spearheaded by the Chamber’s Quality Workforce Development Committee, this collective impact initiative is funded in part by TG of Round Rock, Texas.

A five-member, ethnically diverse volunteer task force spent more than 2000 hours developing the framework, and the Chamber functions as the “backbone organization,” providing overall strategic coherence and logistical/tactical support. Strategic Pathways to Student Success is a high tech and high touch blended approach to interacting with the target population of students, their counselors and their parents. The project will pilot in middle school, where according to Texas House Bill 5, students, parents and counselors must agree on a chosen career pathway for the student to pursue in high school.

Read more about Strategic Pathways to Student Success.

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT ENROLLMENT MEAN SAT

Arlington

64,913

1448

Azle

5,912

1411

Birdville

24,119

1464

Carroll

7,697

1723

Castleberry

3,808

1377

Crowley

15,000

1364

Eagle Mountain/Saginaw

17,674

1460

Everman

5,385

1253

Fort Worth

83,255

1329

Grapevine-Colleyville

13,328

1621

Hurst-Euless-Bedford

21,775

1484

Keller

33,254

1546

Kennedale

3,147

1427

Lake Worth

3,243

1246

Mansfield

32,831

1439

Northwest

17,752

1476

White Settlement

6,514

1362

A complete list and map of Tarrant County school districts is found in the Chamber's Newcomer Guide.

Private Schools

There are over 200 private schools, inclusive of many faiths and teaching philosophies, in Fort Worth & Tarrant County. This gives parents multiple options for their children’s education. Below are some of the larger private schools located in Fort Worth.

INSTITUTION GRADES TAUGHT ENROLLMENT ANNUAL TUITION

All Saints’ Episcopal School

PK - 12

1,005

$16,670 - $18,870

Fort Worth Christian School

PK - 12

845

$8,200 - $12,600

Fort Worth Country Day School

K-12

1,117

$18,880 - $20,330

Nolan Catholic High School

9-12

915

$10,980 - $13,170

Trinity Valley School

K-12

965

$18,720 - $19,970

Colleges & Universities

Due to the numerous educational opportunities and successes in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, many Fort Worth high school seniors don’t have to go too far to pursue a quality degree. 

From well known public and private universities to technical schools and medical training, the Metroplex attracts and produces talented, skilled employees at its many higher education institutions.  The region benefits from more than 60 colleges and universities, with a combined enrollment exceeding 325,000 students, graduating in excess of 35,000 annually. 

COLLEGE LOCATION ENROLLMENT TYPE

Tarleton State University
(Fort Worth campus)

Fort Worth

1,800

4+ year public

Tarrant County College

Fort Worth

50,628

2 year public

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth

10,033

4+ year private

Texas Wesleyan University

Fort Worth

2,614

4+ year private

Texas A&M University
School of Law

Fort Worth

703

 

Graduate school/Law

University of North Texas  Health Science Center

Fort Worth

2,242

Graduate school/Medical

Texas Woman’s University

Denton

15,075

4+ year private

University of North Texas

Denton

36,164

4+ year public

University of Texas at Arlington

Arlington

34,870

4+ year public


Stay In School Initiatives

The goal of the Stay In School Initiative is to encourage all students to successfully complete the requirements for graduation from high school.

Leaving school before graduation limits opportunities for those who drop out and places a burden on the community with significant social and economic costs. We recognize that dropping out of school has many contributing causes and that a coordinated, comprehensive strategy involving a variety of proven approaches will motivate students to stay in school.

The Stay In School Initiative draws on the diverse resources of our community to bring together educators, parents, academicians, businesses, community leaders and volunteers in support of a program that is tailored to the individual needs of at-risk students.

This initiative is a collaborative partnership of the Fort Worth Chamber, the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber, the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber and the Fort Worth ISD.

Opportunities for Business Partners:

GO Centers

GO Centers aspire to help students see pathways to careers and college. They are physical spaces in schools and other locations, equipped with computers and overseen by school staff. Students visit the GO Centers and research career opportunities, college options, and financial aid. Students are assisted by mentors from higher education institutions and from the community.

GO Center Locations:

Since 2004, the Fort Worth Chamber has employed staff to provide oversight and technical assistance to FWISD and community GO Centers. Since 2006, more than 120,000 students have utilized the GO Centers, averaging over 12,000 students annually. The number of students who have accessed and utilized the FWISD GO Centers each school year since 2006 is shown in the following chart:

Go Center Chart

In addition to the campus and community GO Centers, students have access to a Mobile GO Center hosted by Tarrant County College. The Mobile has had over 62,000 visitors since 2006. Also, Tarleton State University has two Mobiles (Stephenville, Fort Worth) that will attend events/activities throughout the state of Texas, and Texas Woman’s University has a Mobile that serves the Denton/Dallas County area.

For more information, contact:

Cynthia Miller
Vice President - WFD/Education
817-338-3360

Services GO Centers Provide:

  • College Admission Awareness
  • College Application Assistance
  • Financial Aid Application Assistance
  • Financial Aid Advising
  • Career Exploration
  • Scholarship Assistance
  • College Advising
  • College Campus Visits and Tours
  • Academic Advising

Operating Hours for GO Centers:

The campus GO Centers operate during school hours.  Library GO Centers operate during the hours each library is open. Currently, the Stop Six Community GO Center assists students by appointment. The Hope Inc., GO Center operates Tuesday and Wednesday, 4:30pm-6:30pm.

Websites:

Additional Links

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Texas Education Agency

Generation Texas

Go Center Events


Business and community leaders toured Dunbar (pictured) and Morningside Middle School Go Centers, where students receive college and career counseling.

(Pictured from L to R: Judy Mc Donald, Workforce Solutions; Michael Sorum, Anita Perry, Stacy Burrell, Annette Cummings, of FWISD; Cynthia Fisher Miller, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce; Howard Robinson, Walter Dansby, Hank Johnson, of FWISD; Bill Thornton, Glenn Spoons with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce; Walter Rainwater and Jeremy Smith of the Rainwater Foundation; Jay McCall, Miles Foundation; and Tim McKinney, United Way)

Distinguished Employers of Fort Worth Teens

The Distinguished Employers of Fort Worth Teens (DEFWT) is a formal pledge made by employers that they will practice specific supportive behaviors to help students create a balance between school and work so that they are successful at both. 

Some examples include :

  •  Providing incentives and recognition at work for students’ performance in school
  •  Insisting on school enrollment for school-age teens
  •  Arranging student schedules with flexibility to allow for school events or test days
  •  Limiting student employment to no later than 10 p.m. on school nights

The Chamber developed and launched this program in 2007 to implement the FWISD Project Prevail school completion initiative, and because 25 percent of Fort Worth teens are employed while in high school.  The DEFWT program is guided by a Leaders Council of selected employers in the major industry sectors where students work. Some 114 employers in 420 locations have become involved, employing 2,788 youth.

Information on eligibility and employer benefits can be found in the DEFWT fact sheet.  If your company is interested in receiving the 2016-2017 "Distinguished Employer of Fort Worth Teens" recognition, please fill out the brief application and submit to Cynthia Fisher Miller.

Collaborative Community Partners & Sponsors:

For more information, contact:

Cynthia Fisher Miller
Vice President of Workforce and Education
817-338-3360