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Education & Academics

Dyess AFB Education and Academics


After moving to a new location, you’ll want to know what options are available for educational pursuits. The following chapter outlines Taylor County’s school systems, along with information about local libraries and higher education. Five public school districts serve children in Taylor County, and there are numerous private school, charter school and home-school options.



To be enrolled in a Texas School, a child must be at least 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of identity, the child’s records from their most recent school and immunizations records. Many schools also require proof of residency. Check with the school for additional requirements. Required immunizations for a child enrolling in kindergarten are as follows: four or five doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; three or four doses of polio; two doses of measles, mumps and rubella; three doses of hepatitis B; two doses of varicella; and two doses of hepatitis A. For more details on Texas’ minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the Texas Education Agency’s website at www.tea.state.tx.us.

Public Schools

Abilene Public School District
241 Pine St.
Abilene, TX 79601 325-677-1444

There are 15 elementary schools, four middle schools and five high schools in the Abilene Public School District. The district has an enrollment of more 17,000. Many schools in the distinguished district have received awards and recognition for their performance, such as the Gold Performance Award in reading, writing and science, and distinction as a Texas Business and Education Coalition Honor Roll School.

Jim Ned Consolidated 
Independent School District
830 Garza St.
Tuscola, TX 79562 325-554-7500

Jim Ned Consolidated Independent School District has an enrollment of just more than 1,000 students. The district has two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Lawn Elementary School made the Texas Business and Education Coalition’s Honor Roll in 2011. In all four schools in the district, 100 percent of teachers are classified as highly qualified according to the standards established by No Child Left Behind.

Merkel Independent School District
300 Ash St.
Merkel TX 79536 325-928-5813

Merkel Independent School District has one elementary school, one intermediate school, one junior high school and one high school. Enrollment is approximately 1,180. The small-school feel of the schools in this district allows for a personalized teacher experience and friendly learning environment. The middle school’s annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills scores have ranked the school as a Recognized and Exceptional campus.

Trent Independent School District
12821 E. Interstate 20
Trent, TX 79561 325-862-6125

One school teaches pre-kindergarten through 12th grades, with an enrollment of about 170 students.

Wylie Independent School District
6249 Buffalo Gap Road
Abilene, TX 79606 325-692-4354


Wylie Independent School District serves approximately 3,200 students. The district has an early education center, elementary school, intermediate school, junior high school and high school. The district has been ranked as both an Exemplary and Superior school by the Texas Education Agency’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. The district also received a Texas Honors Circle designation, earning the highest rating of five stars for demonstrating both academic and financial effectiveness.

Charter Schools

Texas College Preparatory Academies
1800 Lakeway Drive, Suite 100
Lewisville, TX 75057 972-316-3663


A charter of Responsive Education Solutions, Texas College Preparatory Academies are tuition-free, public charter schools dedicated to preparing student for success in college. There are a number of Texas College Preparatory Academies in Taylor County, composed of Vista Academies (elementary schools), Quest Middle Schools and iSchoolHigh. Responsive Education Solutions also operates the Texas Virtual Academy, an online school for grades three through 11.

Private Schools

Texas Private School 
Accreditation Commission
P.O. Box 12073
Longview, TX 75607 903-643-8770

There are a number of private or independent options for parents who want to provide an alternative education for their children living in Taylor County. The Texas Private School Accreditation Commission monitors and approves organizations that accredit nonpublic educational institutions in Texas. A listing of those schools can be found on the Texas Education Agency website at www.tea.state.tx.us.

Abilene Christian Schools
2550 N. Judge Ely Blvd.
Abilene, TX 79601 325-672-9200

Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade
Cornerstone Christian School
718 Barrow St.
Abilene, TX 79605 325-676-8232

Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade
Providence Classical Academy
4515 S. 14th St.
Abilene, TX 79605 325-455-0010


Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade
St. John’s Episcopal School
1600 Sherman Drive
Abilene, TX 79605 325-695-8870
2 years old through fifth grade

Home School

Big Country Home Educators

Big Country Home Educators, located in Abilene, has supported home-school families for more than 25 years. It offers area families support and resources with mentoring, events and networking opportunities.

Texas Home School Coalition


The Texas Home School Coalition serves the home-school community of Texas, promoting knowledge, understanding and acceptance of home education in Texas.

Universities/Higher Education

Abilene Christian University
1600 Campus Court
Abilene, TX 79601 325-674-2000

Cisco College
Abilene Educational Center
717 E. Industrial Blvd.
Abilene, TX 79602 325-794-4400

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
425 Third St., Suite 318
Dyess AFB, TX 79607 325-692-2007

Hardin-Simmons University
2200 Hickory St.
Abilene, TX 79698 325-670-1000

McMurry University
1 McMurry Station
Abilene, TX 79697 325-793-3800

Texas State Technical College Abilene
650 E. Highway 80
Abilene, TX 79601 325-672-7091


Taylor Count Public Libraries

Libraries offer learning, recreation and connection for free to their users, and Taylor County has a number of public libraries to serve readers.

Abilene Public Library

The Abilene Public Library has three branches, providing residents with more than 300,000 volumes and a number of library services. Services include Internet access, online databases, children’s reading programs and many other programs and events. Abilene Public Library’s branches serve 42,000 cardholders who check out more than 750,000 materials each year. Hours for all three locations are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Check with the library for holiday closures.

Main Library
202 Cedar St.
Abilene, TX 79601 325-676-6067

Mockingbird Branch Library
1214 N. Mockingbird Lane
Abilene, TX 79603 325-437-7323

South Branch Library
1401 S. Danville Drive
Abilene, TX 79605 325-698-7565

Merkel Public Library
100 Kent St.
Merkel, TX 79536 325-928-5054

Merkel Public Library’s collection contains more than 9,300 items, including books and video and audio materials. There are four public computers with Internet access and one children’s computer. Hours are 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.




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