McLennan County has 20 school districts with a collective student population of 41,066. More than a dozen private schools can be found in the area along with three charter schools.
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501 Franklin Ave. (254) 755-9424
Waco ISD is the largest district in the county with more than 15,600 students on 32 campuses in the 2006-2007 school year. Waco ISD has four high schools, eight middle schools and 20 elementary schools. Students may attend a neighborhood school or apply for random lottery selection in a magnet school that encompasses all grade levels. Magnet campuses provide a wide-ranging curriculum that often includes technology, science, fine arts, Montessori, business and engineering.
Seven school districts are represented within Waco city limits - Waco ISD, Midway ISD, Robinson ISD, China Spring ISD, Bosqueville ISD, Connally ISD and LaVega ISD.
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|McLENNAN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
P.O. Box 429
Axtell, TX 76624
(254) 863-5301 axtellisd.net
7636 Rock Creek Road
Waco, TX 76708
P.O. Box 99
Eddy, TX 76524
China Spring ISD
P.O. Box 250
China Spring, TX 76633
200 Cadet Way
Waco, TX 76705
200 Pirate Drive
Crawford, TX 76638
137 Hamilton Drive
Waco, TX 76705
2313 Hallsburg Rd
Waco, TX 76705
La Vega ISD
3100 Bellmead Drive
Waco, TX 76705
P.O. Box 97
Lorena, TX 76655
P.O. Box 120
Mart, TX 76664
P.O. Box 356
McGregor, TX 76657
1205 Foundation Drive
Waco, TX 76712
107 Cora Lee Lane
Moody, TX 76561
P.O. Box 158
Oglesby, TX 76561
Riesel, TX 76682
500 W Lyndale
Waco, TX 76706
P.O. Box 27
Waco, TX 76703
801 N Reagan
West, TX 76691
Valley Mills ISD
P.O. Box 518
Valley Mills, TX 76689
Waco is home to BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, the oldest institution of higher learning in continuous operation in Texas and the largest Baptist University in the world. The school was chartered by the Republic of Texas 1845. It is now a private research university and a player in Big XII athletics.
Baylor had a spring 2007 enrollment of 13,169 students in 145 baccalaureate programs. The school also offers 74 master’s degree programs, 22 doctoral programs, four new professional development programs, two education specialist programs, a juris doctorate program and master of divinity and doctor of ministry programs.
The student population contributes significantly to the economy and lifestyle of the Greater Waco area. Baylor attracts thousands of spectators to its sporting events, and their presence is felt at area hotels and restaurants.
Baylor students also impact the community through their spirit of volunteerism as they fan out into the schools and neighborhoods to improve homes, tutor children and help the impoverished, elderly and homeless.
Students also work in the business community as interns and part-time employees gaining real world experience to prepare them for the job market. Many Baylor graduates choose to make Waco their home upon graduation.
Baylor has enjoyed the success of the Lady Bears basketball team, which brought home a national championship in 2005, and the Baylor baseball team, which traveled to the college World Series. Several other teams have claimed Big 12 Conference championships and competed in post-season play.
In 2004, the Baylor men’s tennis team won a national championship and Baylor students won Olympic gold medals in track in Athens, Greece.
For more information, call (254) 710-1011.
The home of the Highlanders, a tribute to the county’s namesake, McLENNAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE has been a force here for more than 40 years.
Voters passed a $74.5-million bond in 2006 to fund new science and classroom buildings and a new emergency services center. The school also will renovate several other buildings and add new parking lots with the bond money.
The upgrade to the campus will address the growing demand for MCC’s health-care related programs. MCC educates about two-thirds of the nurses who work at Waco’s two major hospitals and 89 percent of the physical therapist assistants.
MCC is a public, two-year community college that provides workforce development training and continuing education courses as well as one- and two-year associate’s degrees for transfer to a four-year institution.
The school also partners with the University of Texas at Arlington and Tarleton State University to offer bachelor’s and master’s degree programs on the MCC campus through the University Center.
McLennan Community College is set on a lush campus in northwest Waco, adjacent to Cameron Park and Lake Brazos.
The school also offers a respected music program and theater department. The Bosque River Stage on the MCC campus is one of Waco’s most scenic outdoor performance venues.
The school operates a satellite center in McGregor as a convenience to McLennan County residents west of Waco.
For more information, call (254) 299-8622.
TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE WACO offers another dimension to the area’s vast educational landscape.
The college has more than 4,000 students in one- and two-year programs that address today’s high-tech challenges.
TSTC Waco is the largest campus and headquarters for the TSTC System.
More than 100 associate of applied science degrees or certificate of completion options are available from welding to aircraft mechanics to digital media.
TSTC partners with businesses and industry, government agencies and other educational institutions.
The college provides both degree programs and customized workforce training.
TSTC’s Corporate College, located on the Waco campus, will assess the training needs of industry clients, develop training plans, define job descriptions and provide training taught by industry-experienced faculty.
TSTC also partners with L-3 Communications Integrated Systems and Waco Independent School District for the Aviation Career Education program.
Qualified students can take related courses their freshman and sophomore years of high school and then apply for a half-day course program at TSTC during their junior and senior years. Upon graduation, they can apply for the ACE program and take more classes at TSTC with the assistance of L-3.
For more information, call (800) 792-8784.