Spring Branch Independent School District

Houston Endowment supports area school systems pursuing unique opportunities to improve education outcomes for all students. The foundation awarded Spring Branch Independent School District a grant to help build the capacity of the district to execute its new strategic plan.


Effective School Systems

Promote school systems that effectively educate all students

To effectively educate all students and develop the next generation of leaders, the region must have high-quality school systems. These school systems must work in partnership with youth, parents, educators and the community to meet the needs of all students. Houston Endowment supports initiatives that promote high-quality school systems across greater Houston.

The foundation currently engages in efforts to:

  • Support innovation and growth within high-performing school systems;
  • Build capacity in communities and schools to provide effective and aligned support for student success; and
  • Equip leaders with high-quality research and data to inform decision-making.

Great Teachers and Leaders

Increase the number of highly effective teachers and school leaders

Numerous studies point to the impact of teacher and school leader quality on student achievement. Houston Endowment seeks to strengthen the effectiveness of greater Houston’s teachers and school leaders, with particular emphasis on systems-level solutions.

The foundation currently engages in efforts to:

  • Strengthen the pipeline of effective new teachers and school leaders in the region; and
  • Promote system-level approaches to teacher and school leader training to advance student success.

College Success

Strengthen the systems that increase college completion

Education beyond high school provides expanded career options and greater opportunity for financial stability. However, students across greater Houston face numerous barriers to achieving post-secondary success. Houston Endowment seeks to strengthen the systems that promote college readiness and access and support college persistence and completion, with a focus on students from under-resourced backgrounds. The foundation has a particular interest in collaborative initiatives that coordinate multiple systems to support these students.

The foundation currently engages in efforts to:

  • Increase the number of high school students who are college-ready;
  • Support college access programs; and
  • Invest in innovative programs in which multiple systems collaborate to support students.