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Quality schools are among the reason that many out-of-town companies look closely at Amarillo for expansion. They want the best schools for their employees’ families, as well as advanced educational opportunities to ensure that employees and potential workers can upgrade their skills. Amarillo offers all that and more.

 

The Amarillo Independent School District has 37 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, 4 high schools, plus AACAL (Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning), North Heights Alternative School and 3 magnet schools.

 

Three additional school districts border the city of Amarillo. They are Bushland, Highland Park and River Road Independent School Districts. They each include 1 high school, 1 middle school and 1 elementary school.

 

Eighteen miles south of Amarillo is the city of Canyon. The Canyon Independent School District spans 711 square miles from south of the city of Canyon north into the southern city limits of Amarillo. There are 2 elementary schools, 1 intermediate school, 2 junior highs and 1 high school in the city of Canyon. In the southern city limits, in or close to Amarillo are an additional 4 elementary schools, 1 intermediate school, 1 junior high and 1 high school.

 

Private schools that are members of the Chamber include Ascension Academy, Trinity Lutheran School, and San Jacinto Christian Academy.

 

For college-bound students, Amarillo College, a public community college since 1929, has six campus locations to serve the Texas Panhandle. The faculty provides individual student attention both in class and in the lab. With more than 160 different programs of study, students can earn a certificate in designated technical and health occupations. Students can also earn degrees that will transfer to a college or university. Scheduling is convenient with morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes and courses offered online or television and distance education.  Students can expect outstanding faculty and quality education at affordable costs.

 

West Texas A&M University, a member of The Texas A&M University System, is a traditional tree-lined residential campus with brick and mortar dating back to the 1900’s. It’s also a progressive institution that has embraced 21st century technology and offers one of the best and most extensive online programs in Texas. WTAMU offers one doctoral program in agriculture and 60 undergraduate and 43 graduate degree programs. Its student population totals 7,508 (80 percent undergraduate, 20 percent minority) and represents approximately 45 states and 40 countries.  Students enjoy personalized attention from faculty and staff, a safe and friendly learning environment and costs that rank among the most affordable in the state.  WTAMU also offers select upper-level and graduate classes in downtown Amarillo at the new WTAMU Amarillo Center .  Those who enjoy the face-to-face classroom experience will find the WTAMU Amarillo Center to be the perfect option for building a résumé or completing a degree with less drive time.

 

The Texas Tech Health Sciences Center at Amarillo provides education for medical students and residents in four different specialties, including the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, and School of Allied Health, which offers courses in physical therapy. 

 

Amarillo is also home to a branch of Wayland Baptist University which offers a variety of courses.