Arlington residents live in three independent school districts: Arlington ISD, Mansfield ISD, and Kennedale ISD. In Texas, school district boundaries do not always follow city and country boundaries due to the aspects of school district government apparatus, including district boundaries, are separated from city and country governments.
The Arlington ISD, as of 2006, has enrolled over 60,900 students, making it the 8th largest school in the entire Texas district, and the 66th largest school in the United States.
The Mansfield ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state of Texas, with over 30 schools and District facilities. Among these facilities are 3 high schools, the Ben Barber Career Tech Academy, and a new competition-level stadium and natatorium complex.
Kennedale ISD presently has 5 schools-- 4 in Kennedale and 1 in Arlington.
Arlington also harbors the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), the Southeast Campus of Tarrant County College, and Arlington Baptist College.
The UTA is presently the 3rd largest institution of the University of Texas System, and has a current enrollment of 25,352 students as of 2005, and as previously mentioned, is a valuable asset to the city of Arlington and its economy.