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Education

Top Quality Education, World-Class Schools

Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District strives to provide students with world-class schools, where they develop the knowledge, skills, and learning habits that prepare them for college and career success in the 21st century.

The ongoing collaboration between Harlingen’s families, community and school board has led to the opening of new facilities, campuses, the addition of technology-rich resources, and academic programs that focus on global-learning through the incorporation of multiple languages. As one of the best school districts in the state, HCISD aims for its students to become college and job-ready and well-rounded individuals through numerous opportunities to excel in the Three A’s: Academics, the Fine Arts, and Athletics. 

Two girl engineering students building a project
HHSS Graduates
HHSS Football game

Harlingen Public Schools

  • 17 Elementary Schools 

  • 6 Middle Schools

  • 7 High Schools

  • 6 Private Schools reside within the Harlingen area, five of which provide religious-based education and an all boys college preparatory boarding school.

  • 9 Area Colleges/Universities

Texas State Technical College (TSTC)

Created in 1965 to meet the state’s evolving workforce needs, Texas State Technical College is the only state-supported multiple campus technical college in Texas, with 11 integrated campuses. It is the only college in Texas to adopt a funding model based entirely on student employment outcomes – aligning with its purpose of strengthening Texas with a highly-skilled, technically competent workforce. TSTC has celebrated more than 50 years of service to the state and has graduated more than 100,000 students into the state workforce.

In partnership with business and industry, government agencies, and other educational institutions, TSTC efficiently and effectively helps Texas meet the high-tech challenges of today’s global economy. TSTC’s strengths include its emphasis on “learning by thinking and doing” and its strong relationships with business and industry, state-of-the-art laboratories, residential campuses, and student-centered philosophy.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

URTGV Medicine Building

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 in a historic move that brings together the resources and assets of UT Brownsville and UT-Pan American. This move has allowed Rio Grande Valley residents to benefit from the Permanent University Fund, a public endowment that contributes support to the University of Texas and the Texas A&M University Systems.

UTRGV has transformed Texas and the nation by becoming a leader in student success, teaching, research, and health care through its renowned School of Medicine.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

The UTRGV School of Medicine is an asset to the community as it hosts medical students and medical residents serving in regional hospital-based training programs. Harlingen UTRGV School of Medicine facilities include the Graduate Medical Education office, which features an outstanding library and a realistic 15,000 square foot, 20 bed simulation Smart Hospital that provides students with hands-on training in a fully equipped operating room and Intensive Care Unit. Students pursuing studies in social work, occupational therapy, pharmacology, nursing, and other fields also train at the Smart Hospital. 

UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is now developing a new Institute of Neurosciences on 35 acres of land located adjacent to Harlingen’s Medical community.  The new Institute of Neurosciences is scheduled for completion in 2021 and will advance medical research efforts on neurology and brain health, psychiatry, Alzheimer's and a host of other important mental health issues.  Once completed, the new facility expected to be between 50,000- to 70,000-square-feet. The Harlingen CISD Early College High School will have its campus located near the Institute of Neurosciences.

The UTRGV School of Medicine has a positive impact on Harlingen and the entire Rio Grande Valley region. Many new projects are in the development phases and will continue to impact growth for years to come.