Apollo 20 Program: A Strong Foundation for Success

The Apollo 20 program is a bold initiative to transform public education in Houston and improve the academic achievement of all students. It is a key strategy under Core Initiative 3 of HISD’s Strategic Direction—Rigorous Instructional Standards and supports, which is designed to prepare every student for college and career success.

The three-year program was launched in four high schools and five middle schools at the start of the 2010-2011 school year. It will be expanded to eleven elementary schools in the 2011-2012 school year.

Apollo schools use strategies and best practices from successful public and charter schools across the nation. Five strategies have been identified by Harvard University’s Education Innovation Laboratory, HISD’s partner in the Apollo 20 program. Those strategies include:

  • An Effective Principal and Effective Teachers
  • More instructional time
  • Use of Data to Drive Instruction
  • In-School Tutoring
  • A Culture of High Expectations

The Apollo 20 schools will prepare all students for college and career success. Hailed as one of the most important efforts going on in the country today to increase performance and close the achievement gap, the Apollo 20 program has received generous financial support from national and local corporations and foundations.


Apollo 20 Video from Houston ISD on Vimeo.


Apollo 20 Secondary Program: Giving it Our All from Houston ISD on Vimeo.