International Studies School at Sharpstown

Students at the International High School. Photo courtesy of the school.

International High School at Sharpstown was developed through the partnership of Houston Independent School District and Asia Society and is located on the campus of Sharpstown High School.  IHSS provides all students zoned to the Sharpstown feeder pattern an opportunity for a personalized learning environment that will prepare them for active roles as global citizens and will develop their international knowledge and skills and deepen their understanding of the world.  IHSS will prepare students for college by developing a college-bound culture, including a rigorous curriculum that requires all students no matter what previous level they have attained during middle school to take pre-advanced classes and Advanced Placement classes throughout their high school career.  In addition, dual credit courses will be offered during their junior and senior years.  Student must have a minimum of four years of foreign language, complete an internship, and complete community service projects.  IHSS will also provide students opportunities to make global learning connections across their content areas through in-class and field experiences as well as summer student exchange and travel programs.

School Highlights
As the first school to be involved in a school within a school program in the Houston Independent School District, IHSS is proud to be a model school that will be a leader in providing effective and focused instruction in a small classroom setting with a unique global curriculum.  While the school may be young, it has a large community support base with consistently high parent turnout for student orientation and open houses.  IHSS also has the first charango instrumental class (club) as a fine art enrichment in all of HISD.

School Voices
I came to IHSS because I heard the classes were advanced and the teachers would help me prepare to go to college.  I also want to travel and see the different parts of the world, and discover and learn about different cultures.  And, I believe IHSS will help me do this. -Student

Contact Information
7504 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77074


(713) 773-6135


(713) 773-6119

Fast Facts:


Chang Yu

Year Opened: 2007

Grades Served:

9 (To serve 9-12)



Free/Reduced Lunch:


Racial/Ethnic Comp:

75% Hispanic


20% African American


3% Asian


2% White