Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

The Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD, often referred to as Cy-Fair) is an independent school district with its headquarters in northwest unincorporated Harris County, Texas, United States.[2][3] Cy-Fair ISD is the largest Recognized school district in the state of Texas with 75 out of 78 campuses receiving an 'Exemplary' or 'Recognized' rating by the Texas Education Agency in 2010.[4]

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
10300 Jones Rd.
Houston, TX 77065-4208

EstablishedDecember 1939
Staff12,663 [1]
Faculty6,725 [1]
GradesPre-K - 12
Number of students150,000 (as of 2018)
WebsiteCypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

District headquarters

The district covers a small portion of Houston (including the Fairbanks section), the city of Jersey Village, and other unincorporated areas in Harris County (including Cypress).[5][6] The district covers 186 square miles (480 km2) of land.[7]

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is part of the taxation base for Lone Star College System (formerly North Harris Montgomery Community College District).[8]

As of August 2017, the district had 91 general-purpose campuses (fifty-six elementary schools, eighteen middle schools, thirteen high schools, and four special program facilities).


The first official classes in the area were held in a church. However, in 1884, local residents built a one-room house on donated land.[9] In 1939, an election was held in which voters in the Cypress and Fairbanks school systems approved the creation of the Cypress-Fairbanks Consolidated School District; the measure passed by a vote of 129-66 in Cypress and 90-87 in Fairbanks.[10]

The two individuals most frequently credited for the creation of Cypress-Fairbanks Consolidated School District (CSD was changed to ISD in the early 1960s) were Trustee J. F. Bane, of the Fairbanks school system, and Superintendent E. A. Millsap (1932-1942), of the Cypress school system.[10]

Since 2006, Children at Risk, a non-profit organisation based in Houston, publishes its "Annual School Rankings" which ranks Houston metropolitan area schools using a formula going beyond the state’s school accountability system, using traditional indicators such as whether students passed state exams, drop-out and graduation rates along with less commonly used indicators such as counseling and poverty intervention.[11] In 2012, Children at Risk evaluated and ranked 150 high schools in the greater Houston area and 8 CyFair-ISD high schools (out of a total of 10) appeared in the rankings.[12] Additionally, Cypress Ridge High School ranked fifth among Greater Houston’s Best Urban, Comprehensive High Schools.


By the 2006-2007 school year, the district was the third largest in Texas with more than 70 campuses and 100,603 students.[10]

In the 2010-2011 school year the district had over 106,000 students. Of them, 42.5% were Hispanic, 31% were White, 15.5% were Black, 8% were Asian, and others included Native Americans and people of two or more races.[13]


In 2009, in the midst of budget deficits caused by decreased state funding, the board voted to only have school bus services for a resident who lives more than two miles from his or her school, as opposed to having service for residents living more than one mile away. Activity (late) bus service was also discontinued for most CFISD schools.[14] Bus service continued and was expanded to accommodate student mothers, delivering mothers and their children to schools and district funded daycares on campus. If a student has to cross a major street then bus service is available even if the student lives within 2 miles of the school. Starting in the beginning of 2013-2014 school year, activity (late) bus service are back for most CFISD schools and in the 2014 CFISD Bond, the board voted to bring back school bus services for residents living more than one mile away starting in the 2014-2015 school year.[15]


Elementary schools

Middle schools

  • Anthony Middle School
  • Aragon Middle School
  • Arnold Middle School
  • Bleyl Middle School
    • National Blue Ribbon School in 1983-84 and 1990-91 [16]
  • Campbell Middle School
  • Cook Middle School
  • Dean Middle School (Houston)
  • Goodson Middle School
  • Hamilton Middle School
  • Hopper Middle School
  • Kahla Middle School
  • Labay Middle School
    • National Blue Ribbon School in 1988-89, 1992–93, and 1997–98 [16]
  • Salyards Middle School
  • Smith Middle School
  • Spillane Middle School
  • Thornton Middle School
    • National Blue Ribbon School in 1999-2000 [16]
  • Truitt Middle School
  • Watkins Middle School
    • National Blue Ribbon School in 2001-02 [16]

High schools

School Location Established UIL Class
Cy-Fair High School unincorporated area 1935[17] AAAAAA
Jersey Village High School Jersey Village 1972 AAAAAA
Cypress Creek High School unincorporated area 1977 AAAAAA
Langham Creek High School unincorporated area 1984 AAAAAA
Cypress Falls High School unincorporated area 1992 AAAAAA
Cypress Springs High School unincorporated area 1997 AAAAAA
Cypress Ridge High School unincorporated area 2002 AAAAAA
Cypress Woods High School unincorporated area 2006 AAAAAA
Cypress Ranch High School unincorporated area 2008 AAAAAA
Cypress Lakes High School unincorporated area 2008 AAAAAA
Cypress Park High School unincorporated area 2016 AAAAAA
Bridgeland High School unincorporated area 2017 AAAAAA
Windfern High School unincorporated area 1995 N/A; School of Choice

Other Facilities

See also


  1. "District Directory Information (2010-2011 school year)". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
  2. "City of Houston City limits" (PDF). City of Houston. Retrieved 2019-05-23. - The school is not in the Houston city limits.
  3. Home. Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved on May 24, 2019. "Cypress-Fairbanks ISD 10300 Jones Road Houston, Texas 77065"
  4. "2010 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2011-11-14.
  5. "District Map Archived 2008-04-07 at the Wayback Machine." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.
  6. "Locate a Community Technology Center (CTC) in your Super Neighborhood! Archived March 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine." City of Houston.
  7. "2013-2014 District Profile". Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District.
  8. Tresaugue, Matthew. "North Harris Montgomery going for shorter name." Houston Chronicle. 1 Nov 2007.
  9. ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-08-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  10. "History of CFISD Archived 2012-05-02 at the Wayback Machine." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  11. "Methodology (2012)". CHILDREN AT RISK. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  12. Mellon, Ericka. "K-12 Journalist Houston Chronicle". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  13. Mellon, Ericka. "Cy-Fair ISD recruits Galena Park superintendent." Houston Chronicle. May 24, 2011.
  14. Mellon, Ericka. "Tax break will cost Cy-Fair students." Houston Chronicle. August 3, 2009. Retrieved on August 5, 2009.
  15. CFISD Bond Referendum Passes with Overwhelming Voter Support
  16. Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF) Archived March 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
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