Homeschool Resources

According to the Texas Homeschool Coalition Association, to home school legally in Texas, you must follow three state law requirements:
1. The instruction must be bona fide (i.e., not a sham).
2. The curriculum must be in visual form (e.g., books, workbooks, video monitor).
3. The curriculum must include the five basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.

Also see the Homeschool Legal Defense Association for Texas: Leeper Case which says:
Homeschooling is legal in Texas. Homeschools can operate as private schools provided that they use a written curriculum and teach math, spelling, grammar, reading, and good citizenship. School districts have no authority to approve or disapprove curriculum. Homeschools do not have to register, be tested, or hold any specific qualifications. Texas is a model state in upholding parental rights. At trial, the testimony disclosed that the study of good citizenship is a civics course.

West Texas Homeschool Co-op

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West Texas Homeschool Co-op is an inclusive choice-based learning community. The vision of WTHS Co-op is to inspire life-long learning with creative and engaging learning opportunities, to support the learner and their family, and to empower our learners by modeling a respectful, inclusive community that recognizes the uniqueness of every individual.
More information on schedules and registration can be found here.

Midland Classical Academy
Kindergarten – Grade 12
MCA is a homeschool/school building model.  Students attend two days per week (M/W or T/Th), and parents homeschool on the non-school days.  Teachers provide curriculum for parents. Fridays are half-day and optional for Science and enrichment courses.  Tuition includes Science on Fridays.

Education at Midland Classical Academy is an active endeavor. Students are neither blank slates to be written upon nor empty vessels to pour facts into, rather they are young people brimming with thoughts and ideas of their own. Learning is a team effort. Students are invited to join tutors in the learning process and this is where exponential growth happens. As we biblically consider God’s world together in the classroom, through sports, and within relationships, the full spectrum of our lives become transformed by divine purpose.
Admission, enrollment, tuition can be found here

Classical Conversations Homeschool Group – Midland
Classical Conversations supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families. We believe there are three keys to a great education: classical, Christian, and Community.

Classical Conversations Calendar in Midland, TX and Andrews, TX

Grace Enrichment Co-op (GECO)
GECO is a home school co-op for families with home schoolers in highschool. GECO provides classes from writing to science and more. GECO is also helpful because it is a community of other home schoolers that have already taken their kids through highschool in home school so if you have any questions about transcripts, credits, or anything else, you can just ask someone at GECO.

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Midland offers a Montessori school for students in Preschool – Grade 6.  If you are interested, we you call to schedule a tour right away.  They often fill up fast and have waiting list.

Midland Montessori
Preschool – Grade 6
Children love to be involved in self-directed purposeful activities. When given a prepared environment of meaningful projects, along with the time to do those tasks at his or her own pace, a child will choose to engage in activities that will create learning in personal and powerful ways. This in turn creates a life long love of learning.
Application process, where you can find more information about admission, tuition, financial aid, and request a tour.

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Private Schools

There are several private school options in Midland, TX.  Most private schools serve students beginning in Preschool and continue through grades 6, 8, or 12.

Trinity School
Preschool – Grade 12
Founded in 1958, Trinity School continues a tradition of a half century of excellence in education. A rigorous academic curriculum combines high standards of scholarship and a commitment to inspire children of all ages to reach their fullest potential. Trinity School is dedicated to providing challenging and purposeful academic experiences by which students develop self-confidence and the ability to think independently. In the process, they embrace high standards in both academics and character.
Application process, where you can find more information about admission, tuition, financial aid, and request a tour.

Midland Christian
Preschool – Grade 12.
The mission of Midland Christian School is to assist parents in leading students to love God and to seek truth by training them in a Christ-centered environment that emphasizes moral and academic excellence and inspires them to develop their God-given talents for lives of Christian leadership and service.
Application process, where you can find more information about admission, tuition, financial aid, and request a tour.

Saint Ann’s
Preschool – Grade 8
St. Ann’s Catholic School joins with families to form students’ faith, knowledge, and character. Vision:  Educating the Saints; Core Purpose:  To help in leading all souls to heaven.
Application process, where you can find more information about admission, tuition, financial aid, and request a tour.

Hillander School
Preschool – Grade 6
Not religiously affiliated
Hillander builds a strong primary school foundation that will yield future benefits as each child progresses through junior high, high school, and college. At Hillander School, each student will learn how to “learn”, how to achieve at his or her highest level, and how to manage time through structured homework assignments and class projects. The school supports each child’s natural creativity and curiosity through art and science classes. Regular school musical productions, reciting poetry, and verbal book reports all instill self confidence.
Application process, where you can find more information about admission, tuition, financial aid, and request a tour.

Hillcrest School 
Kindergarten – Grade 12
The Hillcrest School is a unique independent, not-for-profit school serving learning different students. The success-based student to staff ratio contributes to student’s academic and social development which ensures overall achievement. In a nurturing environment, the combined efforts of multi-sensory techniques, interdisciplinary curriculum and organizational strategies result in successful opportunities for all learners.
Application process, where you can find more information about admission, tuition, financial aide, and request a tour.

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Charter Schools (Public)

According to the Texas Education Agency, charter schools are subject to fewer state laws than other public schools. The reduced legislation encourages more innovation and allows more flexibility, though state law does require fiscal and academic accountability from charter schools. The state monitors and accredits charter schools just as the state accredits school districts.

Midland Academy Charter
Preschool – Grade 8
Midland Academy Charter is a public, tuition-free school located in Midland, TX. They  are a charter school, which means they operate independently of MISD. Midland Academy Charter serves students in grades Pre-K through 8th, following the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards. Alongside the core content areas, they also offer Music, Art, PE and Technology instruction.

Texas Leadership Charter Academy, Midland
Kindergarten – Grade 8
At TLC Academy, our vision is to empower students to develop characteristics which promote positive leadership as a way of life.  We provide education utilizing an advanced, innovative learning style that challenges and enriches the classroom setting.  At TLC Academy (TLCA), we believe children learn in a variety of ways.  We strive to nurture and give opportunities for children to grow academically regardless of their learning differences.  The focus at TLCA is to see our students become productive community leaders by giving them the opportunities and skills to set goals for themselves and attain them.
A detailed FAQ section on enrollment can be found here.

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MISD – Secondary Schools

Please be sure to refer to our MISD – General Post about basic information including enrollment.

Secondary schools are based on your neighborhood.  You can view the current attendance boundaries via this map  and enter your address in the search window (in the blue bar) in the top, left corner of the page.

In MISD, Jr. High school is for grades 7-8th.  Depending on your neighborhood, your child may attend Abell Junior High , Goddard Junior High or San Jacinto Junior High.

Ninth graders have their own campuses at Lee Freshman and Midland Freshman.

For grades 10-12 students attend Lee Senior High , Midland Senior High, Coleman High, or Early College High School at Midland College.

A few unique programs to be aware of in MISD

Early College High School at Midland College
Located on the campus of Midland College, Early College High School @ Midland College is a joint effort between the Midland Independent School District and Midland College to provide students with the opportunity and support necessary to achieve their goal of post secondary education.

Upon the completion of four years, it is expected that students will receive a high school diploma from MISD as well as an associate’s degree from Midland College through the confluence of high school courses and dual credit opportunities. Early college high school courses, including college-level courses taken on the campuses of partner colleges, are free to students

Midland Alternative Program
More about MAP can be found in the student-parent handbook –

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Charter – UTPB STEM Academy

This charter school is in Odessa, TX.

University of Texas, Permian Basin STEM School
The UTPB STEM is a public, open-enrollment charter school currently located on the UTPB campus in Odessa, Texas.

The UTPB STEM Academy is dedicated to implementing the newest and most promising practices in education with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The foundational belief is that learning should be both engaging and social. Students work collaboratively on challenging curriculum, which in turn, enable them to experience engaging learning opportunities in order to develop conceptual knowledge and depth through project based learning (PBL).

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MISD Public Gifted

Carver Center is a unique campus offering gifted and talented programs serving identified G/T (aka gifted, gate, gifted and talented) students in grades 1-6 in Midland Independent School District. Important information about applying to this school can be found here.  Let me stress the important of applying one month before (or within 2 weeks of enrolling in MISD).  I’ve heard of families who were denied enrollment because they didn’t apply within the time frame.  They had to wait until the next enrollment period.

If you are already enrolled in MISD, applications will be available at your child’s school during the application period, which varies by grade level.

Kindergarten applications are typically due in October.  The district will assess (typically) in January and February, and parents will be notified in March.

Grades 1-5 applications are typically due by the end of January during the general nomination period.  Be sure to check the district’s website for specific dates. If you don’t submit all application materials by the deadline your child won’t be tested, thus won’t receive advanced, gifted education services.  Advanced Academic Services website has more information.

There are different requirements if you are from Texas and your child has already been identified as “gifted” than if you aren’t from Texas and/or if your child hasn’t been formally identified yet. If you’re child is already identified and currently receiving gifted instruction at a public school in Texas, he/she is likely to be automatically enrolled at Carver for grades 1-6.

If your child hasn’t yet been identified as gifted they will likely be required to take the CogAT test. I also encourage you to submit ALL previous testing with your application.  Submit any state or national assessments and/or assessments administered by a private licensed psychologist showing cognitive ability, FSIQ, or %ile rankings. Also, I recommend asking to submit previous teacher evaluations, letters of recommendations, and a parent questionnaire.

Also, for students whose primary language isn’t English, please know that per Texas Education Agency recommendations students are to be assessed in languages they understand or with nonverbal assessments.

If you follow all instructions and your child is denied admission to Carver, you are allowed to appeal the decision based on specific criteria they’ve outlined on their appeal form. My 2 cents – you are your child’s best, and often only, advocate!

More information on Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented can be found here in English and Spanish. 

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MISD – Magnet Schools

Magnet schools aren’t considered “neighborhood schools” and allow students from all areas of Midland to attend.  Often bus services are provided for students.

Magnet Schools (Elementary)
There are three magnet schools in MISD.  A magnet school is a public school offering special instruction and programs not available elsewhere, designed to attract a more diverse student body from throughout a school district. More on magnet schools here.

MISD Magnet Schools Program Information

MISD Magnet Schools 2017-2018 timeline

Bowie Fine Arts Academy
Students at Bowie take advantage of all the regular MISD curriculum, plus they are afforded enrichment classes in the arts.  Students in grades K-3 rotate through piano lab, choral music, theater arts, dance, and art on a weekly basis.  Starting in fourth grade, students specialize in two of these areas for one hour of their school day.  Orchestra and band are added to their fine arts selections in grades 4-6.

Pease Communications and Technology Academy
The goal is to be the leader in communications and technology, while encouraging positive family and community partnerships as we empower each child to reach their fullest potential. We have a Communication Lab where they combine Technology with Communication. We seek to provide each grade level with the specific instruction that will equip them in our ever-changing technological era.

Washington Math and Science Institute
Our primary mission is to actively motivate students, faculty and parents to support a vision of our school in which all of our students can and will learn. Our collaborative goal is to assure that self-esteem is fostered in every child and that they acquire the values, attitude, skills and knowledge that are necessary for progress in school and throughout life. We will strive to tap the rich vein of cultural, ethnic and racial diversity in our students and make every effort to serve them with equity and excellence. This school also provides afterschool enrichment classes.

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MISD – General

Public Schools are run through Midland Independent School District (MISD).

Public preschool is available if you meet eligibility requirements.

Elementary is grades K-6. Junior High is grades 7-8.  Freshmen is grade 9 and they attend their own school for one year, and High school is grades 10-12.

Midland ISD Enrollment and Registration Information:

For enrollment, parents will need to bring a student’s birth certificate, shot records, Social Security card, and  proof of residence (lease agreement, water/gas/electric bill with address).  For questions, parents/guardians may call the MISD Student Services Office at 432-240-1520.

Link to all elementary schools in MISD

All traditional public schools are offered for those who live in the attendance boundaries of each neighborhood.

You can view the current attendance boundaries via this map and enter your address in the search window (blue bar) in the top, left corner of the page.

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Permian Kids is a resource guide for parents and families in Midland, TX and the greater Permian Basin region. With many families moving into Midland, we aim to help ease the transition when resettling your family in a new location.  We’ll be focusing on schools, community education organizations, opportunities to become involved/volunteer, events to attend, and overall fun, family entertainment.

Permian Kids is founded by a “Midland Mom” who has moved a lot! I know how fortunate I am to have benefited from online resources and social networks when transitioning to a new city.  I’ve lived in 6 states and moved countless times (we think we counted 20!). I hope to provide you with opportunities to “get out there” and become involved as much or as little as you desire.

Welcome to Midland!

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