Spanning 252 square miles, Alvin ISD is the second largest school district in Brazoria County. Alvin ISD is an Exemplary district for 2010 and was also rated Exemplary in 2002 and 2003 and Recognized in 2004, 2005 and 2008. Alvin ISD is located in the northern part of Brazoria County, 25 miles south of Houston and 30 miles northwest of Galveston. It is also within close proximity to the National Space and Aeronautics Administration (NASA) complex and the Brazosport petrochemical complex. The District encompasses the cities of Alvin and Manvel and the communities Liverpool, Amsterdam, Rosharon, Iowa Colony, and parts of Pearland.
Alvin ISD has grown to almost 17,900 students in 2011. For the past few years, a 6-7% growth rate has been seen. The District has thirteen primary/elementary campuses, five junior high campuses, two high schools, an academic alternative campus and an alternative school for discipline.
The first school in Alvin opened in 1881 and was housed in a one-room building on Gordon Street. Major George W. Durant later built a church building with a room for school purposes. In 1893, a public school building was located on West Sealy Street and a college operated by the Methodist Church was located near Sidnor Street.
A large, white frame building with six rooms was built on House Street in 1896. Each room contained two grades, except for the first grade and the high school, which contained three grades.
Records indicate that the first students started Alvin High School in 1894. The first graduating class completed Alvin High School in 1897.
In 1910, the wooden school house was torn down and $22,000 in bonds were issued to build a much larger two story, red brick building which was erected on House St. After 15 years the school had grown to include several wooden buildings.Around 1936, construction on a new high school began. The Alvin Independent School District was officially created by Senate Bill 250 on May 28, 1925, in the regular session of the 29th Legislature.
A junior college was created in 1949, and in 1956, the South Building was built on the school district complex to house the college. Alvin Junior College (now Alvin Community College) moved to its present location (off Hwy. 35) and became independent of the district in 1963.
Until 1964, a student could start and finish public school in one location because all grades were located on the tract of land where the Alvin High School complex sits today.
Beginning in June 1923, a series of petitions for consolidation increased the size of the Alvin School District which now encompasses 252square miles. Petitions for consolidation were accepted from the Alvin Heights Common District in June 1923, the Fairview District #6 in June 1924, the Alert (Chigger) District in 1927, the Parker School District in August 1945, Mustang School District in 1947, the Chocolate Bayou-Liverpool schools in June 1955, and the Manvel School District in June 1973.
Successful bond elections in 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2009 have enabled the district to build new schools, make renovations and additins to existing schools, provide learning technology needs, purchase new buses and add air conditioning and monitoring systems on buses; build a safety and technology center; add air conditioning, fire alarm systems and parking lots at older campuses; provide additional bleachers, backstops and entry gates at the AHS softball field; and make renovations to Alvin ISD Memorial Stadium.
Schools and facilities built to accommodate the student population over the years include Mark Twain Primary in 1964, Alvin Junior High in 1968, Longfellow Elementary in 1968, Manvel Junior High in 1972, Alvin Elementary in 1974, R.L. Stevenson Primary in 1974, E. C. Mason Elementary in 1979, Alvin Primary in 1979, Walt Disney Elementary in 1979, Harby Junior High in 1980, E.C. Mason Kind. Annex in 1993, Melba Passmore Elementary in 1993., ASSETS Learning Center in 1994 with additions and renovations in 2003, Hood-Case Elementary in 1997, Don Jeter Elementary in 2002, Mary Burks Marek Elementary in 2004, Manvel High School in 2006, Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary in 2007, Fairview Jr. High, Nolan Ryan Jr. High and Savannah Lakes Elementary in 2008, Glenn York Elementary in 2011 and Rodeo Palms Jr. High opening in 2012. A replacement campus for Mark Twain Elementary on a new site will also open in 2012. Additions to Alvin High School include the Luke Kennedy Career Technology Edcation Center, Mary B. Stiles Library in 1988, Bessie Mae Kee Building in 1996, Henry Meyers Building in 1997, Fine Arts Building in 2004, Competition Gym in 2004, Yellowjacket Field House in 2004, and the Charles McCauley Academic Building in 2008.
In addition, the district added the Transportation Center on County Rd. 149 in 2004, a Support Services facility on Stapp Maxwell Drive and the Safety and Technology Center off Hwy. 6 in 2007.