Celina Economic Development Corporation

Corbett Howard - 214.282.0732

Celina EDC


Kindergarten – 12th Grade

Providing a quality education in Celina is a priority. What was once predominately a rural, agricultural community is quickly changing as more residents and new residents commute into Dallas or surrounding cities for employment or own their own businesses locally. As more and more people move to Celina, the school district has the challenge of planning for the future in order to meet the needs and expectations of the changing community.

The Celina ISD occupies 94 square miles in northwest Collin County and a small area in Denton County. The District is comprised of three communities: Celina, Alla and Weston. Student enrollment has increased 37% since the 1998-99 school year; and 8% per year over the past 5 years. Student attendance averages 96.9% and the dropout rate for the 2001-02 school year was 0%. Students are educated in four buildings: a grade PK – 3 elementary school built in 2003; a grade 4-6 intermediate school built in 1987; a grade 7-8 junior high school built in 1976; and a grade 9-12 high school built in 1998, with additions made in 2002 and 2003. The district recently voted on a $62.0 million school bond to build a new high school which will accommodate the immediate population growth affecting the district as well as prepare for the doubling of size in the next 4-5 years.

The CISD participates in several cooperative educational programs, administered through the Region 10 Educational Service Center, to provide the best available programs for students and staff in the most cost effective manner. In addition to an extensive honors and advanced placement curriculum, the District offers a gifted and talented program for all grade levels and the option of graduating with a Distinguished Achievement diploma. The superintendent and school board trustees continue to pursue a comprehensive program, increasing academic rigor through advanced placement and college prep curriculums; expand the athletic programs to encompass more sports opportunities and meet the communities’ expectations that Celina’s school district will be on part with the surrounding cities of Frisco, Plano, McKinney and Richardson.

Current Enrollment:  

2007-2008 1701
Celina Elementary School 569
Celina Intermediate School 376
Celina Junior High 275
Celina High School 481

For more information about the Celina Independent School District:

Collin College (formerly known as Collin County Community College)

Collin College is a nationally respected, top rated community college which has offers everything from a basic associates degree to career certification such as fire safety training,  academic degrees in areas of healthcare related fields and an aggressive partnership with universities to offer four year bachelor degreed programs. Looking for an opportunity to build in Celina, Collin College anticipates a five year plan to open a Celina location.  For Collin County residents, Collin College has become the affordable and effective path to a college degree.

There are currently two locations within 15 miles, Central Campus in McKinney and Frisco Campus in Frisco.

For more information: www.ccccd.edu

University of North Texas

Within 30 minutes of Celina, the University of North Texas is located in Denton, Texas. This student-centered public research university serves as the flagship of the UNT system.  UNT is one of the largest universities in Texas, enrolling more than 34,000 students in 96 bachelor’s, 111 master’s and 50 doctoral degree programs. UNT has more graduate students than any other university in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

UNT was founded in 1890 and offers a traditional college experience and the quality of a private university at an affordable cost.

For more information: www.unt.edu

Texas Women’s University
Also just 30 minutes away, is the Texas Women’s University. An act of the 27th Legislature in 1901 founded the Girls Industrial College, the school that would become Texas Woman’s University in 1957. The school had then and has now a dual mission: to provide a liberal education and to prepare young women “for the practical industries of the age” with a specialized education. Men have been admitted to TWU since 1972.
TWU today offers a comprehensive catalog of academic studies, including baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. Now in its tenth decade, the University has grown from a small college to a major university. TWU is the largest university primarily for women in the United States, with the main campus in Denton and health science centers in Dallas and Houston.
For more information: www.twu.edu