Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District Instructional Support Center in Harris County, Texas, United States

The Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD, often referred to as Cy-Fair) is a school district in northwest unincorporated Harris County, Texas, United States. Cy-Fair ISD is the largest 'Recognized' school district in the state of Texas with 49 out of 70 campuses receiving an Exemplary or Recognized rating by the TEA in 2008.

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).[1][2] The district covers 188 square miles (490 km2) of land[citation needed].

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is part of the taxation base for Lone Star College System (formerly North Harris Montgomery Community College District).[3]

As of January 17, 2011, the district had 83 general-purpose campuses (fifty-two elementary schools, 16 middle schools, eleven high schools, and four special program facilities).[3]


Cypress Fairbanks ISD television channel

Homes in the Cy-Fair ISD area get the Cy-Fair ISD channel on Comcast cable Channel 16. The channel also streams on the district's website.


The Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (Cy-Fair ISD) was created by the merger of the Cypress School District and the Fairbanks School District.[4] the first official classes were held in church. However, in 1884, local residents built a one-room house on donated land.[5]

In 2006 Dr. Robert Sanborn, the president and CEO of the organization Children at Risk, analyzed Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. Sanborn said that most Cy-Fair ISD schools had about half of their student bodies in the "State Recommended High School Plan." Sanborn said, "In other words, these kids are taking the easy classes."[6]


By the 2006-2007 school year, the district was the third largest in Texas with more than 70 campuses and 100,603 students.[4]

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.[7]


In 2009 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.[8] Edit: Bus service continued and was expanded to accommodate student mothers, delivering mothers and their children to schools and district funded daycares on campus.

Bullying Controversy

In 2010, the school district was repeatedly criticized for doing little to combat the bullying of students. In one case, a middle-school student, Asher Brown, committed suicide as a result.[9] The school district said it had no indication that Brown was being bullied. The child's parents claimed they had made repeated calls to school officials.[10]


Elementary schools

Owens Elementary School
E. S. Post Elementary School (Under construction)

Middle schools

*Dr.Cheryl Salyards Middle School

High schools

School Location Established UIL Class
Cy-Fair High School unincorporated area 1941 AAAAA
Jersey Village High School Jersey Village 1972 AAAAA
Cypress Creek High School unincorporated area 1977 AAAAA
Langham Creek High School unincorporated area 1984 AAAAA
Cypress Falls High School unincorporated area 1992 AAAAA
Cypress Springs High School unincorporated area 1997 AAAAA
Cypress Ridge High School unincorporated area 2002 AAAAA
Cypress Woods High School unincorporated area 2006 AAAAA
Cypress Ranch High School unincorporated area 2008 AAAAA
Cypress Lakes High School unincorporated area 2008 AAAAA
Windfern High School unincorporated area 1995


Other Facilities

The Richard E. Berry Center

See also

Portal icon Houston portal
Portal icon Schools portal


  1. ^ "District Map." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.
  2. ^ "Locate a Community Technology Center (CTC) in your Super Neighborhood!." City of Houston.
  3. ^ Tresaugue, Matthew. "North Harris Montgomery going for shorter name." Houston Chronicle. 1 Nov 2007.
  4. ^ a b "History of CFISD." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  5. ^ "[1]." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  6. ^ Spivak, Todd. "The Also-Rans." Houston Press. March 2, 2006. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  7. ^ Mellon, Ericka. "Cy-Fair ISD recruits Galena Park superintendent." Houston Chronicle. May 24, 2011.
  8. ^ Mellon, Ericka. "Tax break will cost Cy-Fair students." Houston Chronicle. August 3, 2009. Retrieved on August 5, 2009.
  9. ^ "[2]." NowPublic. September 30, 2010. Retrieved on September 30, 2010.
  10. ^
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)

External links

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