If you check out our last post you know that we’re taking the opportunity to share what we hope is helpful information about the two local school districts here in B/CS. Last time around we looked at Bryan ISD and some of the great things that are happening in that district. In Aggieland we are so fortunate to have another excellent school district to serve our kids. Today let’s take a closer look at the College Station Independent School District.
In October of 1938 local citizens voted to incorporate the City of College Station. The area was named by the US Postal Service back in 1877 because of its location near the train station west of the Texas A&M campus. In 1941 – three years after the town’s incorporation – the public schools moved off of the A&M campus and what we now know as the College Station Independent School District was born.
A&M Consolidated High School was the lone high school until 2012, when College Station High School opened as the community continued to grow to the south, east and west. Much like Bryan’s opening of James Earl Rudder High School in 2007, the opening of CSHS greatly increased the capacity of the district to serve the booming population. College station grew by almost 50% between 2000 and 2012 from 68k to 102k people!
In 2016 the district opened College View High School, a “choice” school where students within CSISD can apply to attend. As its name suggests, the campus is located right across the street from the Texas A&M campus and the school seeks to foster a collegiate environment. The goal is to provide a smaller, more collaborative environment for students with all types of interests. The 2021-22 enrollment was actually 82 students, with a student to teach ratio of 8 to 1. During the same time period the enrollment at AMCHS was 2,089 and CSHS was 2,072 (according to The Texas Tribune).
Just this week the CSISD board voted to put forth a $350 million bond issue on the November 2023 ballot. The action would fund $284 million in renovations, improvements and security for the district campuses. Around $51 million would go to upgrade the middle and high school sports fields, stadiums and facilities. The remaining money would go toward updating instructional technology on the campuses.
Currently there are 10 elementary schools (K-4), 3 intermediate schools (5-6), 3 middle schools (7-8) and 3 high schools (9-12) in CSISD. The district covers around 102 square miles on the southern side of Brazos County and has an enrollment of just over 14,000 students. CSISD sure has come a long way since 1941!
As we mentioned last time, as Realtors we cannot recommend one district over another or one school over another. It’s considered “steering” and it can get us in a lot of trouble, maybe even cost us our license. But parents have reasonable and meaningful questions about the schools and districts in our community. We hope we’ve given you some insight into both Bryan and College Station schools. But if you want to know more, we recommend you just do a quick internet search on the school districts and there’s a ton of information out there, including more about the local charter and private schools in the area.
As you look at the real estate in the area and keep an eye on the market, we hope you’ll continue to follow our posts to get a greater feel for all our community has to offer. In the meantime, be sure you reach out to us if you’re in the market for a new home or property. As you know, we’re from here! We’d love to help!
The Hudson Team