The Learn Central website intends to make it as easy as possible to find information about the 152 public, charter and private schools, the 33 diverse neighborhoods, and the world class cultural offerings inside Houston’s urban core. Equipped with this resource, families can make informed decisions about where to plant their urban roots.
For years, many Houstonians have expressed a desire to live a “more urban lifestyle within walking distance of shops and workplaces,” according to the Kinder Houston Area Survey. Downtown and other central neighborhoods are growing rapidly, and modern families want access to culture without sacrificing quality education for their children.
Central Houston recognized this and, in July 2012, began studying education and livability in and near Downtown. In 2014, an Education Task Force was established, to address how best to heighten the awareness of quality education options in the city’s central core. The task force determined that a website would be the best tool to facilitate this goal. The fact is that the region’s highest achieving and most sought after schools are located centrally. We’re proud of that.
The Learn Central interactive website was created by Central Houston, with support from the Downtown District, to promote the outstanding schools, diverse mix of neighborhoods and top-notch cultural and entertainment offerings within Houston’s 610 Loop. More than 50 schools are outside the 610 Loop boundary established for Learn Central. The website has information about the 29 Super Neighborhoods, 3 cities, and 152 schools in the area.
In 2016, Central Houston assembled a Steering Committee of representatives from management districts, super neighborhoods, centrally-located schools, HISD, parents of school-aged children and other area education and community leaders. This group worked to create the foundation for the website that will assist parents in making decisions. They carefully examined the existing statistics and data sources to determine the most relevant information to provide.
The Learn Central Steering Committee members are: Kate Adams, Marie Arcos, Miah Arnold, Jorge Arredondo, Candice Castillo, Jimmy Castillo, Paul Castro, Emily Cole, Stacey Courville, Judith Cruz, Jesus Davila, Keith Downey, Peggy Engram, Ben Garry, Joel Goza, Samantha Holy, Robin Holzer, Jonathan Howard, Emily Howard-Wilson, Marsha Johnson, Alice Lee, Erica Lee Carter, Michael Lewis, Lane Llewellyn, Raj Mankaad, Joaquin Martinez, Kathy Payton, Rebecca Reyna, Anton Sinkewich, Anne Sloan, Justin Smith, Celia Valles, Jennifer Wagley, Ky Wilson, Hedy Wolpa.