Since the groundbreaking in 1923 that gave birth to Texas Technological College now known as Texas Tech University, opportunities for higher education have continued to increase in the region at a record pace. Lubbock is now also home to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock Christian University and Wayland Baptist University-Lubbock branch.
South Plains College, a community junior college in neighboring Levelland, less than 30 minutes away, helps prepare students to make the transition to four-year institutions. Collectively, these institutions matriculate over 35,000 students on an annual basis.
Vocational and technical schools such as American Commercial College, International Business College and the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center also add to the educational opportunities available to students, as well as provide skilled labor to the growing technical industry in the area.
Lubbock Independent School District has received exemplary ratings for its outstanding schools, which includes 58 campuses. Built in 1930, Lubbock High School stands proudly in the heart of Lubbock on 19th Street. It is reflective of the Spanish style architecture prevalent throughout the Texas Tech University campus. Lubbock High School houses the Lubbock Exemplary Academic Program for academically talented students. Students interested in healthcare and law enforcement may choose to attend Estacado High School.
All four senior high school campuses offer advanced placement, dual credit, and specialized courses. Pre-advanced placement courses are available at all 10 of the junior high school campuses along with opportunities to attend magnet schools that offer swimming, gymnastics and dance courses. Six of the 39 elementary schools serve as magnet schools providing specialized instruction in areas such as Spanish communication, gymnastics, science and math. Early childhood special education classes for three to five-year-olds are offered at special campuses. The district has been recognized numerous times for its award-winning programs, nationally recognized teachers, and magnet programs. L.I.S.D. is one more reason why Lubbock is a great place to live and raise a family. Lubbock is also home to several accredited private and parochial schools rated among the best in the state.