Public Schools (K-12)
The Wichita Falls area has several Independent School Districts (ISD) which are leaders among Texas public schools. The Wichita Falls Independent School District (WFISD) has been ranked in the top 10% nationally by the SchoolMatch consulting firm. The WFISD features Career Centers, Accelerated Learning Centers, Tech Labs, and offers up to 36 hours of college credit courses to high school students. The 2001/2002 enrollment was 15,200 students and has a graduation rate which is equal to the state’s average.
A unique feature of Wichita Falls ISD is the “School Choice” program. The district has no secondary “attendance zones.” Instead, parents have the opportunity to “choose” the schools they wish their children to attend. Elementary parents may choose a school in their elementary attendance zone or one of eight elementary magnet schools. The WFISD had the #1 magnet school in the nation in 2001 according to the Magnet Schools of America Association. SAT scores in the WFISD averaged 1019 in 2001. The average teacher has more than 12 years of experience.
Private Schools (K-12)
Wichita Falls has an extraordinary selection of private schools, including several religious-based schools for all ages.
- Notre Dame Catholic School: With 383 students and 50 teachers the school has K-12 grades, and embodies high standards of academic and spiritual development.
- Christ Academy: Meeting the needs of parents and students, this 3k-10th grade program has a total enrollment of 291 and 41 teachers.
- Bible Baptist Christian School: Focusing on the spiritual and academic growth of children, the school places the Bible at the center of their programs.
- Wichita Christian School: A uniquely Christian perspective offers curriculum for grades 3k-7th with all 13 teachers holding degrees in education and a student population of 100.
- Agape Christian School: Using the A BEKA phonics-based Christian curriculum the school has 150 students And 15 teachers in 4k-12th grades.
Midwestern State University: A fully accredited four-year university with 6,000 students, MSU has over 200 full-time faculty members. The University offers baccalaureate degrees in 60 academic disciplines, masters degrees in 18 fields, and a variety of pre-professional degrees. Over 100 organizations, including 12 nationally affiliated sororities and fraternities, share the 170 acre MSU campus located in the heart of Wichita Falls.
Vernon College: Established in 1970, VC offers associate degrees in arts and science. The school offers a variety of vocational and continuing education classes. The primary campus is located in Vernon, TX, about 50 miles west of Wichita Falls, however, there are 3 locations in Wichita Falls including the STC mentioned above. Certificates of completion are also available for more than 20 courses ranging from accounting and management to computers and nursing.