Education in Matagorda County

As Matagorda County prepares for industrial growth and to meet the projected labor demand, we have partnered with Wharton County Junior College and Texas A&M University to provide the hands-on technical and academic training needed to provide great educational resources in our community. Also, our region offers access to hundreds of degree and certification plans at 20 higher education institutions within 100 miles of the county.

In Matagorda County we understand that a good education must start early. There are five independent school districts in Matagorda County, as well as a private school, a solid home schooling network and several pre-school options.

Bay City Independent School District

Bay City Independent School District consists of a high school, a junior high school and three elementary schools. BCISD is a 4A UIL district with an enrollment of an average 4,000 students. BCISD can offer your children a first-class education with highly qualified, caring staff members and a hometown school district with big city opportunities.

Small town schools have a higher teacher to student ration and allow students to have unique  experiences and opportunities.  At Bay City High School students can take Advanced Placement or dual Credit courses through a career and technology.   An articulation agreement with Wharton Junior College allows our students to earn as many as 40 college credits before they even graduate from high school.  Students can choose from 50 Career and Technology Education (CTE) courses in ten different Career Pathways.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS                                          JUNIOR HIGH                             HIGH SCHOOL

Tenie Holmes Elementary School                          Bay City Junior High                 Bay City High School 

Linnie Roberts Elementary School

John H. Cherry Elementary School

Palacios Independent School District

Classified as a 2A district serving on average 1,500 students in the Palacios, TX area. Palacios ISD has two elementary school campuses, one junior high school and one high school. Follow the links below for more information about Palacios schools:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS                          INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL                              JUNIOR HIGH              

Central Elementary School                      Eastside Intermediate School                     Palacios Junior High School               


Palacios High School

Van Vleck Independent School District

2A school district serving about 1,000 students in the Van Vleck, TX area. Van Vleck ISD serves its students with four campuses – two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. To learn more about the district and each Van Vleck school, visit them online:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                       INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL                         MIDDLE SCHOOL

Van Vleck Elementary School            E. Rudd Intermediate School                   O.H. Herman Middle School

(pre-K - 3rd grade)                             (4th - 5th grade)                                      (6th - 8th grade)


Van Vleck High School 

(9th - 12th grade)

Tidehaven Independent School District

2A school district serving on average 900 students in the El Maton, TX area. The district is in the process of building three brand new, state-of-the-art campuses, which will include a combined Junior High and High School located in El Maton, TX, one elementary school in Markham, TX and one in Blessing, TX. For more information on Tidehaven ISD, find them online:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS                      JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL                         HIGH SCHOOL

Blessing Elementary School                Tidehaven Junior High School              Tidehaven High School

Markham Elementary School

Matagorda Independent School District

Serves about 100 Matagorda, TX area students from kindergarten through eighth grade at one brand new campus. Matagorda ISD students attend Bay City High School. For more information about Matagorda ISD, visit them online.

Private Schools

Holy Cross Catholic School (Pre-Kindergarten - 6th grade)

Sunshine & Rainbows Academy (Pre-Kindergarten - 1st grade)


Wharton County Junior College

In 2008, a monumental partnership with Bay City Community Development Corporation led to the creation of WCJC’s Bay City Campus housed in the Center for Energy Development.  The Bay City Campus is a state-of-the-art facility that features two industrial labs specifically designed for the process technology and power technology programs. The Bay City campus features two interactive television classrooms that link students to other WCJC campuses and instructors, as well as a computer lab that serves all students in all programs.

Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) provides educational degrees in several program areas and has a local satellite campus that offers associates' degrees in Process Technology and Nuclear Power Technology.  Other program options are available at the central campus in Wharton, just 25 miles from Bay City.  WCJC also offers classes at extension centers in nearby El Campo and Palacios.

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