Fueled by two groundbreaking institutions of higher learning.
The land may be ancient. Our perspective is anything but.
Nowhere do they understand the power of community better than on the historic campus of Amarillo College. In fact, AC was recently profiled in The Atlantic Monthly, recognized for how they are looking out for students. AC recently received the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence – the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.
Amarillo College is creating sustainable food options for the future with their new horticulture program at the recently opened 12,000-square-foot STEM Research Center and greenhouse.
AC has been designated as an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. AC provides workforce training for Bell, Pantex, Northwest Texas Healthcare System and the Texas Department of Transportation.
At West Texas A&M University, students can major in anything from graphic design to criminal justice and psychology to Spanish. WT’s Economics Master’s program is in the top 20 in the U.S., and the nursing program is ranked as one of the three best in the nation. Its online graduate marketing degree program was recently named America’s best.
WT continues to find ways to reduce the cost of a college degree. This time, by increasing the size of transfer scholarships by 25-33% and making them automatic for those coming from a community college.
In the fall of 2018, the WTAMU Agricultural Sciences Complex opened its doors to students for a state-of-the-art research facility including the Caviness Meat Science and Innovation Center! With a prime location in the beef capital of the world, students are learning how to safely process meat, showcasing their results in a retail meat store on campus!
In the laboratories of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, students are conducting some of the most advanced brain-science research in the world right here in Amarillo. Our cutting-edge medical school recently announced a major expansion, with beautiful new buildings housing state-of-the-art anatomy laboratories, research facilities and classrooms.
- Located across the street from the Texas Panhandle’s two largest hospitals, the majority of subspecialists in the top 27 counties of Texas are located here.
- The majority of research taking place at the Amarillo campus centers around cancer and stroke care.
- TTUHSC was ranked as having the #1 Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the U.S. for 2016, 2017 and 2018 based on student satisfaction surveys.
AISD is home to the area’s only International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program. Considered the world’s most rigorous and prestigious high school diploma, only two percent of high schools in Texas are authorized to offer the IB diploma.
- AISD offers more than a dozen certification opportunities from industry-specific software, to medical health science programs including EMT-basic, to automotive technology, computer graphic design, animal science and more.
- Pro internships help seniors identify career paths by matching them with dynamic work-based learning opportunities.
- Check out their national recognition!
Also check out THRIVE Amarillo Scholarship, where AISD students can receive up to 60 credit hours FREE at Amarillo College! Including complete tuition, fees, and books!
Open to students fall of 2021!
AmTech Career Academy is a premier career and technical education high school located in Amarillo. Featuring a 3,500-square-foot robot and drone coliseum, a Smart Factory, a banquet hall and an Anatomage Theater, AmTech offers students hands-on experiences in a wide variety of industries, enabling them to explore future educational and career opportunities—for free—while still in high school. More than 30 career pathways are offered, including cyber security, drone technology, robotics, vet tech, medical assisting, dental assisting, pharmacy tech, culinary arts, and many more.
Canyon ISD has been recognized as a Google Reference District for its innovative use of Technology and Google products in the classroom and district-wide initiatives. This honor is by invitation only and there are only 219 Google Reference Schools or Districts worldwide, with 115 in the United States and only 12 in the state of Texas.
One of CISD’s high schools was recently selected by Amazon to be a part of a new program that prepares computer technology students to be engineers. Amazon Future Engineer offers a free, three-course curriculum and gives students access to Amazon engineers who can come as guest speakers or can be contacted through Skype.
Canyon ISD has the Manufacturing Academy, designed to equip students for the world outside of school. CISD has sought out three large Amarillo-area employers (Bell Helicopter, Pantex and Amarillo Gear) in an effort to align with the workforce needs of our community.
River Road ISD invests heavily in technology, facilities, and faculty, qualifying for the designation of a “District of Innovation.” In addition to the Degrees and Diplomas program, where students will not only graduate with a high school diploma but also an Associate’s degree from Amarillo College at the same time, River Road ISD offers certifications in nursing, welding, and cosmetology. There is truly something for everyone at River Road.
- In addition to major facility renovations to accommodate their new vocational programs, RRISD currently boasts a more than 2:1 ration of computers and mobile devices per student.
- River Road ISD students and teachers benefit from small class sizes with an average classroom size of 18 students, a diverse curriculum, and rewarding extracurricular activities.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is Amarillo’s only independent, 3-year-old to 8th-grade school with a mission to nurture each student in the Episcopal tradition of providing exceptional educational opportunities within an inclusive, Christian environment. Serving approximately 280 students, they welcome families from any faith tradition.
Because of the intentional small size, they respond to meet the needs of individual students in a manner that allows them to achieve more than they would anywhere else. St. Andrew’s empowers students to strive together as academics, artists, athletes, believers and doers. In doing so, graduates enter area high-schools as authentic, resilient and confident adventurers and servants to others.
Ascension Academy is the only independent college preparatory school in Amarillo for grades 6-12 in a culture of respect and inclusion, preparing students to be confident, collaborative life-long learners. Recently recognized as one of only 382 schools worldwide as a Cum Laude Society school, Ascension inducts their top students as Cum Laude Society members. The two-year AP Capstone Program uses an interdisciplinary approach to develop the critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills students need for college-level work.
In addition to challenging academics, Ascension provides opportunities for all students to participate and grow in the arts, athletics, campus clubs, and student leadership to maximize their potential throughout their student experience. Ascension’s robust college guidance program assists students to determine the best college fit, working with each student and family beginning in middle school and continuing through high school.