As a teacher at a school in HCDE, you can make a difference in our community and impact the daily lives of children while forging lifelong relationships. Here you will work with a unique student population in small classes and a family-oriented learning environment.

Come work at a Houston Top Workplace with a positive culture and climate, high ranked salaries, dual retirement programs and where work-life balance is a true priority.

HCDE runs four special schools in the greater Houston area that serve students with various special needs and situations. These schools include:


HCDE’s two AB schools are dedicated to students with disabilities including those with autism and profound emotional, behavioral and/or intellectual special needs. The AB schools, which are state approved, provide students with the skills needed to live independently, contribute to society and manage their behavior. The AB Schools boast structured classes, low student-to-teacher ratios and a behavior-focused curriculum. Learn more about ABS East and ABS West.

In 2020, HCDE opened a new ABS West campus with the new building having unique features specifically designed to support students with special needs including a calming color palette, curved walls, a sensory room and an inclusive playground designed specifically to support students with physical disabilities.

Teachers at the AB Schools enjoy small classes, top salaries in the county, a standard work-day with little to no extra-curricular duties and a 191-day calendar.

Join the HCDE team today! Apply NOW!
Teaching Positions Available:

$62,800 – $68,214 / Per Year

Fortis Academy

Fortis Academy is a public recovery high school dedicated to students dealing with substance abuse. The recovery school, which has a maximum of 60 students at any one time, seeks to change the paradigm from punishment to support for students dealing with drug and alcohol issues. Fortis provides a high-quality education in a sober environment through state aligned academics, accredited rehabilitation treatment, individual and family counseling and support for students in social situations. Students can also elect to earn a SafeServ certificate through a state-of-the-art Culinary Program in a commercial kitchen. Learn more about Fortis Academy.

Join the Fortis team today!

$62,800 – $68,214 / Per Year

Highpoint Middle And
High School

Highpoint Middle and High School, affectionately known as “The Point”, serve students in grades 6-12 who need an alternative learning environment to succeed. Most students who attend Highpoint have been placed there by their district as part of a disciplinary alternative educational placement or through the court system. Highpoint offers students a high-quality, state aligned educational experience that not only supports students with academics, but helps them with social and emotional challenges so they can successfully transition back to their home school.

Highpoint teachers must be certified to teach in Texas. Like all HCDE teachers, they enjoy top ranked salaries, small classes and little to no extra-curricular activities. Learn more about Highpoint.

Be a part of The Point and help a child find a path to success!

$62,800 – $68,214 / Per Year

Itinerant School Nurse

Primary Purpose:

Provide school health services to students and staff.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (may be LVN at Highpoint Schools)
  • Licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners

Special Knowledge/Skills:

  • Ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms for external and internal communications
  • Strong communications, public relations and interpersonal skills
  • General knowledge of computer systems and software applications
  • Bilingual skills preferred
  • Ability to learn and utilize specialized therapeutic restraint techniques to control student behavior, when appropriate


  • Clinical experience preferred with some school nurse experience
  • Experience working with students with special needs and students in at-risk situations

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Coordinate management system to administer medications to students at school in accordance with department policy and procedures.
  • Provide direct health care, emergency first aid, and related health services to students and staff.
  • Provide preventive health care by providing appraisals, screening programs, referrals and follow-up.
  • Recognize, report and use control measures on communicable diseases and monitor and follow-up on immunization needs.
  • Provide students, families, and staff with information on health and medical resources and assist families in accessing medical care.
  • Participate in parent/student conferences as required.
  • Participate in Attendance, Review and Dismissal (ARD) meetings as required.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Treat all staff with dignity, integrity and respect.
  • Conduct physical student searches.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the principal or senior director

Primary Location


Salary Range

$56,335 – $66,277 / Per Year

Shift Type