Port Arthur Independent School District

Port Arthur Independent School District is a public school district based in Port Arthur, Texas, United States.

The district serves most of Port Arthur and a portion of Groves.

In 2012, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[1]


The district is headed by the PAISD School Board, which is ultimately responsible for the well-being of the district. It hires a superintendent of schools who is chiefly responsible for overseeing the day-to-day affairs of the district. This superintendent accomplishes this with the aid of other individuals and groups that the administration comprises. The current superintendent is Dr. Mark Porterie.


Prior to 1965 schools were segregated by race: White students attended Thomas Jefferson High School. Black students attended two elementary schools, Carver Elementary School and Lamar Elementary School, as well as Franklin Junior High School and Lincoln High School.[2]

Dress codeEdit

The Port Arthur Independent School District adopted a uniform dress code that was enforced district-wide during the 2007–2008 school year.[3]

Student bodyEdit

In 2001 the racial breakdown of the student body was: 58% black, 21% Hispanic, 13% white, and 8% Asian.[4]


High schoolsEdit

Middle schoolsEdit

  • Grades 6–8
  • Thomas Jefferson Middle School
  • Abraham Lincoln Middle School

Elementary schoolsEdit

Alternative schoolsEdit

  • Port Arthur Alternative Campus

Former schoolsEdit

Former high schoolsEdit

Former middle schoolsEdit

  • Woodrow Wilson Middle School (Moved to ALMS)
  • Thomas A. Edison Middle School (Moved to TJMS)
  • Stephen F. Austin Middle School (Became MHS-9)

Former elementary schoolsEdit

  • Franklin Elementary School (built in 1917. demolished in February 2012)[6]
  • Pease Elementary School (demolished)[6]
  • Lamar Elementary School (later used an alternative school before being demolished)


  1. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2015-10-25.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Carol T. Taylor. "The Role of Race and Culture in the Science Classroom" (Chapter 14). In: Conyers, James L. (editor). Black Cultures and Race Relations. Rowman & Littlefield, 2002. ISBN 0830415742, 9780830415748. Start: p. 223. CITED: p. 223-224.
  3. ^ "Buster Brown vs. Board of Education[permanent dead link]," Mid County Chronicle
  4. ^ Stewart, Richard (2001-07-15). "Port Arthur debates consolidating high schools". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
  5. ^ DeQueen Elementary School Archived 2008-04-11 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b c d e Schools as of October 8, 2000, Port Arthur Independent School District
  7. ^ Cite error: The named reference https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139795/?q=Bishop byrne was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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