Galveston’s K-12 system is both diverse in student population and in its array of educational options.
- The population of GISD is 49% Hispanic, 24%African American, 24% white, and 2% Asian.
- Among the traditional public and charter schools, the percent of economically disadvantaged students ranges from 46% to 92%, with an average in GISD schools of 76%.
- Galveston is home to 13 GISD schools including five districtcharters, two state open-enrollment charters, and three private schools serving approximately 8,000 students.
K-12 school in Galveston find significant partnerships and support in nationally recognized higher- education institutions on the Island including Galveston College, the University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas A&M at Galveston. Additionally the philanthropic and business communities actively support K-12 education.
However, like districts across the country, Galveston still has work to do to educate our students.
Except for students in the AP programs, Galveston ISD students are not ready for postsecondary work: commended scores are 10 to 20% lower than for benchmark schools; drop-out rate is 6% higher and there is a persistent achievement gap between white students, learning English proficient students and other ethnic groups.
To help close these pernicious gaps, GSCA is partnering with several city stakeholders to spearhead a MENTOR GALVESTON CAMPAIGN
Promising mentoring programs already exist in Galveston schools—Communities in Schools and a school-based program at Ball High School—but many more adults are needed to guide and support Galveston youth.
Through the MENTOR GALVESTON CAMPAIGN we will promote the benefits of mentoring and challenge the business community to step up and answer the call.