Schools, Colleges and Universities in Fort Worth

Educational institutions ensure students are well prepared for the future

Joe Morris
On Monday, April 25, 2011 - 12:59

Fort Worth has a strong academic system, including public schools, private schools, colleges and universities.

Fort Worth ISD

The Fort Worth Independent School District, the largest among 19 school districts in Tarrant County, enrolls approximately 83,000 students in grades K-12 in 142 schools.

Parents and students can also choose to pursue specialized ldearning tracks based on individual interests and abilities through Fort Worth ISD's Gold Seal Programs of Choice and Schools of Choice. They provide hands-on leaning and opportunities to earn college credits, licensures, certifications and internships. The Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences, a School of Choice, has been designated an Early College High School, allowing students to complete up to two years of college credit tuition-free. Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School also offers the Early College experience. To learn more about Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice, visit

Private and Charter Schools

More than 200 private schools instruct students throughout Tarrant County, including Nolan Catholic High, All Saints Episcopal, Trinity Valley and Fort Worth Country Day, as well as charter schools Harmony Science Academy, Fort Worth Can Academy and Premier High Schools.

Colleges and Universities

The region's mix of colleges and universities means that more than 325,000 students are enrolled here in higher education at any given time, with more than 30,000 degrees awarded annually. They include such notable names as Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Tarleton State University-Southwest Metroplex Center, Tarrant County College, Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, Texas Woman's University, the University of Texas at Arlington, University of North Texas, the University of North Texas Health Science Center and The Art Institute of Fort Worth.

Each of these institutions regularly add to both core courses and degree programs, and partners with local municipal and economic development officials to ensure that graduates have a direct pipeline into the local and regional workforce.

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Joe Morris is a Nashville-based writer and editor.