Our Schools

When you are looking for a place to raise a family, our Bay City lifestyle encompasses wholesome family fun, quality educational, and entertainment options. We don’t let our small-town environment get in the way of educating our children. We use it as a platform for providing diverse, quality educational opportunities for our students. Our schools have received State and National recognition for academics, building trades, auto mechanics, The National FFA Organization, National Forensic League, choir, band, HOSA-future health professionals, and DECA. Many of our graduates have gone on to complete their education at universities like Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Stanford.


Bay City ISD has received a B (88) for the TEA 2022 Overall Accountability Rating. This rating is based on performance on standardized tests, graduation rates, and college, career, & military readiness outcomes. The district has grown in its overall accountability rating every year since the rating system was officially implemented in 2018. Additionally, BCISD has been rated an A (93) in School Progress for 2022.

Bay City Independent School District (BCISD) consists of a high school, a junior high school, and three elementary schools. BCISD is a 4A UIL district with an average enrollment of 3,600 students and can offer your children a first-class education with highly qualified, caring staff members and a hometown school district with big-city opportunities.

The district features many new facilities – the result of voters approving a record-breaking $124 million bond referendum in November 2016. A new Bay City Junior High and new Tenie Holmes Elementary school opened in the of Fall 2019. Improvements were made to the softball complex, along with a new baseball stadium opening in the Spring of 2019. A multi-purpose stadium was completed in Spring 2020, and the new Linnie Roberts Elementary.

BCISD’s early childhood learners in grades Pre-K and Kinder attend Cherry Elementary, which features several Exploration Centers on its campus. These Centers allow students to follow their natural curiosities to build a love of learning while developing problem-solving and social/emotional skills.

At Bay City Junior High, Linnie Roberts Elementary and Tenie Holmes Elementary, students have access to STEAM labs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) for grades first through eighth.

Bay City High School offers Advanced Placement and Dual Credit courses, in coordination with Wharton County Junior College, as well as a career and technology articulated curriculum. An articulation agreement allows students to earn credit for college majors while still in high school. Students can choose from 50 Career and Technology Education (CTE) courses in ten different Career Pathways: Agriculture; Health Science; Human Services; Hospitality and Tourism; Transportation; Distribution and Logistics; Manufacturing; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Architecture and Construction; Arts and Audio-Visual Technology and Communications; and Business and Finance. Younger students even have the opportunity to earn high school credits while in junior high.


BCISD competes in District 23-4A in all sports except soccer. Other schools in the district include Foster, Terry, Angleton, Lamar Consolidated, George Ranch, and Brazosport. Bay City also battles longtime rival El Campo in non-district play. The school actively competes in football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, golf, cross country, soccer, tennis, swimming, powerlifting, and golf.

View the Bay City Black Cats Sports Calendar to keep you informed about upcoming BCISD sporting events.


Van Vleck Independent School District (VVISD) is a 2A school district serving about 1,000 students in the Van Vleck, Texas area. VVISD is comprised of four campuses – an elementary school, an intermediate school, a middle school, and a high school. In 2019, construction began on a new high school with plans to complete a new middle school and elementary in 2020.


Holy Cross Catholic School (Pre-Kindergarten – 6th grade)

Sunshine & Rainbows Academy (Pre-Kindergarten – 1st grade)


Bright Eyed Beginnings Daycare 2
2516 Avenue K, Bay City, TX 77414
(979) 318-2249 

Child Development Center
2321 Avenue F
Bay City, TX 77414
CDC Phone: 979-245-5951
Fax: 979-245-7154

Creative Care Children’s School
Bay City, TX
(979) 245-1236

Sunshine & Rainbows Academy
2300 Avenue H, Bay City, TX 77414
(979) 245-2801 

Sunshine & Rainbows Academy
2300 Avenue H, Bay City, TX 77414
(979) 245-2801 


Wharton County Junior College

Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) provides educational degrees in several program areas and has a local satellite campus that offers Associates Degrees in Process Technology and Nuclear Power Technology. Other program options are available at the central campus in Wharton, just 25 miles from Bay City. WCJC also offers classes at extension centers in nearby El Campo and Palacios.