Deer Park Independent School District, situated approximately 20 miles from the heart of downtown Houston, contains 15 schools and boasts enrollment figures of more than 12,300 students, as of 2016. DPISD borders encircle the City of Deer Park almost in its entirety, and also extend in part to the neighboring locales of Lynchburg, Highlands and Pasadena.
The district employs nearly 1,800 total individuals, 840 of which are teachers. The remainder consists of teacher's aides, administrative personnel, office workers, teaching specialists, maintenance and janitorial teams, vehicle operators, food service staffers, health professionals, and safety and security officers.
Roughly 33 percent of Deer Park teachers hold advanced degrees in education and, on average, they have amassed 13 years' worth of professional experience upon beginning their DPISD careers. District-wide employee turn-over numbers are markedly less than the state average.
Deer Park schools are distinguished by a strong commitment to community service and positive social change. The district supervises programs specifically designed to deal with enrollment issues, such as proof-of-address requirements or other residency mandates, for students who are challenged by homelessness, currently in foster care or facing other housing issues. Additionally, the district's special services staff can assist with mental health needs, counseling referrals, special education and learning disability programs, and career development guidance.