Harlingen Schools Offer Top Quality Education

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.


Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District

At the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District (HCISD), their students begin their journey to 21st century success in a safe environment that strives to promote engaged learning in world-class schools.

In continuing their charge to provide students with a high quality education, HCISD embraces change as it represents the world our students will enter as they continue their life’s journey. To keep students prepared, they emphasize college and career readiness with the incorporation of real life situations to allow the development of critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. Along with cognitive development, schools aim for their students to remain well-rounded individuals by providing them with numerous opportunities to excel in the Three A’s, Academics, the Fine Arts, and Athletics.

This message stays true in the classroom.  Students are held to a high academic standard and challenged with curriculum filled with rigor and relevance. Educators remain committed to student achievement each day, and continually propel their students further after initial goals have been reached.

Upholding the tradition of excellence is a product of the collaboration between Harlingen’s families, community and school board. Throughout the past few years this collaboration has led to the opening of new facilities, campuses, the addition of technology-rich resources in our schools and academic programs that focus on global-learning through the incorporation of multiple languages. HCISD will continue to see growth this coming year as collaboration is expected to continue on behalf of our students and their futures.

The entire learning community remains dedicated to its vision of academic excellence for all students while remaining one of the best school districts in the state. With innovation, focus and rigor anything can be achieved at HCISD.


Harlingen Private Schools

Number of Students
School Type
Grade Offered
Calvary Christian School
Co-ed PK-8
Marine Military Academy
All boys 8-12
St. Alban’s Episcopal Day School
Co-ed PK-6
St. Anthony Catholic School
Co-ed PK-7
St. Paul Lutheran
Co-ed PK-8
Valley Baptist Academy
Co-ed 9-12
Source: Private School Review


Colleges, Universities in Rio Grande Valley

Texas State Technical College in Harlingen (TSTC)

Texas State Technical College was created in 1965 as the James Connally Technical Institute of Texas A&M University to meet the state’s evolving workforce needs. This first campus was located at the former James Connally Air Force Base in Waco. At the time, Governor John Connally predicted that it would be “the most sophisticated technical-vocational institute in the country.”

Among the advancements TSTC has made recently is the move to integrate all 11 campuses in order to pursue single accreditation and align programs to better serve the state.

 TSTC 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 is currently celebrating 50 years of service to the state of Texas.  To date, TSTC has graduated more than 100,000 students into the state workforce.

 Today, Texas State Technical College has campuses in Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood, Fort Bend County, Harlingen, Ingleside, Marshall, North Texas, Sweetwater, Waco and Williamson County.

TSTC is the only state-supported multiple campus technical college in Texas. With a statewide role and mission, TSTC is efficiently and effectively helping Texas meet the high-tech challenges of today’s global economy, in partnership with business and industry, government agencies and other educational institutions.  Among TSTC’s strengths are 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:   “We believe in people. We believe people desire to be responsible and productive citizens. We believe technology is a force to be explored and channeled by people in a productive and responsible manner for the benefit of all humankind. Therefore, we believe all people should be provided with the educational opportunity to learn the skills necessary to perform meaningful work and, thereby, pursue their goals as responsible citizens contributing to the welfare and success of their families, communities, state, nation and world.”

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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 and, for the first time, makes it possible for residents of the Rio Grande Valley to benefit from the Permanent University Fund—a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System.

The new university has included a new School of Medicine and has transformed Texas and the nation by becoming a leader in student success, teaching, research, and health care. UTRGV enrolled it’s first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine has opened its first class in the summer of 2016.

The shared history of The University of Texas Pan American and The University of Texas at Brownsville goes back to 1927, when Edinburg College was founded. In 1973, Pan American opened a second campus in Brownsville, which later became an independent institution of The University of Texas System in 1991. Over the years, the missions and the identities of these great institutions have continually evolved to serve the communities of the Rio Grande Valley.

Now, the evolution and connection between these two institutions is coming full circle as UT Brownsville and UT Pan American are being established as a single, new university and medical school, with a single, new identity—The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.