Woodshore is located within the growing city of Clute, Texas. Clute is a Council-Manager city, with a combined tax rate of $2.814796 per $100 assessed value. The City of Clute gives a 20% exemption to the value of a residential home, making the net city rate $0.5272 per $100 value. Clute is in the heart of the Brazosport metropolitan area, which also comprises Lake Jackson, Freeport and Angleton.
Brazosport, in southern Brazoria County, is one of the largest and fastest growing petrochemical employment regions on the Gulf Coast. Currently there is over $23 billion of plant and office expansion and new construction work underway. Major industry leaders include Dow Chemical Company, Fluor Corporation and BASF Corporation.
For additional employer information, please visit The Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County at www.eda-bc.com.
“We moved to [a DHK development] seven years ago for a more rural lifestyle. It was the best decision and the best investment we could have made. We love having access to the hundreds of acres of nature preserve and our own acre and a half of paradise. We love the stars at night, our friendly neighbors, lightning bugs, the morning mist on Bessie’s Creek, cardinals nesting in our Yaupons, concerts at the Gazebo and picking wild blackberries along one of the many hiking trails. Our children can’t wait to meet up with the neighbor kids each day and head down to explore the creek, ride bikes or climb trees. We are thrilled with the fact that they are outside nearly all the time; at home with nature.”
– Chet and Kayleen Nelson
The Brazosport area includes the cities of Clute, Freeport, Lake Jackson, Richwood and Surfside Beach. It is located on the Texas Gulf Coast, a short freeway drive south of Houston. This area is known for its natural beauty and rich history. It offers a varied assortment of beaches, fishing areas, golf courses, arts venues, museums, shopping, hotels and fine restaurants, as well as churches and schools.
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The Brazosport area is frequently listed as one of the most desirable places in the country to live because of the excellent school system; low cost of living, affordable housing and abundant job opportunities. The close proximity to Houston has solidified its economic base and spawned large growth in its manufacturing and retail businesses.
Clute was born at the junction of the former Calvit and Eagle Island Plantations. Alexander (Sandy) Calvit, one of Austin’s Old Three Hundred, secured title to the land in 1824. Eagle Island Plantation belonged to Jared Groce, the wealthiest man in Austin’s Colony. In 1881, the Clute name was given when it was purchased by Soloman J. Clute, who later sold the property to his brother, George, in 1886. In the early 1940’s, Clute began to prosper with the advent of Dow Chemical and several large construction companies moving into southern Brazoria County. Clute became an incorporated town in 1952.
For additional information on Clute, please visit www.ci.clute.tx.us.
“Who needs a neighborhood playground when you live in a place like this [a DHK development]? Nature is our playground! Our kids can play in the yard for hours and when we tire of that we can hike the nature trails, climb trees, fish, ride bikes… the possibilities are endless. It’s great to live in a place where our kids can just go outside and “play” – just like when we were young. Can’t imagine living anywhere else!!”
– Steve and Jill O.
The area is a gateway to the Texas industrial petrochemical complex. Major employers in the area include: The Dow Chemical Company, TDECU, BASF, Brazosport Regional Health System, Freeport LNG, Chevron Phillips, ConocoPhillips, INEOS, and Shintech. The construction of new facilities over the next 5+ years is projected to generate an additional 5,000 permanent jobs in the region. Many of these jobs are located within a 10-minute drive of Woodshore.
Clute is virtually in the center of numerous recreational opportunities, including access to 23 miles of nearby public beaches, over 72 acres of city parks and numerous county/state/federal parks or wildlife refuges. The new B.R. Hester Complex in Clute Municipal Park is home to the Parks Department, Visitor’s Bureau and several City parks facilities, including the new Clute Fitness Center and the Clute Event Center. The Great Texas Mosquito Festival is a three-day, family, fun-filled annual event that just celebrated 33 years. It features a number of bands and live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, a carnival and more.
The Center for the Arts and Sciences is located on College Boulevard and is home to the Brazosport Fine Arts Council, Brazosport Art League, Center Stages, Brazosport Museum of Natural Science and Brazosport Nature Center and Planetarium. Community concerts, museums and historical sites are within a short distance of the city. Sea Center Texas is a marine aquarium, fish hatchery and nature center operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The Brazosport Independent School District, established in 1944, encompasses 200 square miles in southern Brazoria County and serves communities including Clute and Lake Jackson. Accredited by the Texas Education Agency, this district provides a quality education for pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Also provided are special education programs for pre-school age children and a career and technology education program on the secondary level.The Brazosport Independent School District has an “Acceptable” State rating. Within the District are four “Exemplary” schools, six “Recognized” schools, and nine “Acceptable” schools. www.brazosportisd.net
There are numerous daycares near Woodshore in the Clute area. Here are a few: Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School, 1600 Hwy 2004, 979-265-3909; Li’l Champs Quality Learning Center, 1141 Brazosport Blvd., 979-265-3456; Brazosport Christian School, 211 S. Lazy Ln., 979-265-3590; Little Tykes, 220 S. Shanks, 979-265-2539
Nearby Polk Elementary is where you will find superstar students and an excellent school named after Dr. Gladys Field Polk, who served many years in the Brazosport I.S.D as the Director of Elementary Education, and as school principal and classroom teacher. The school, at 600 Audubon Woods in Richwood, offers transportation to and from Woodshore. Polk Elementary was constructed in 1980 and opened its doors beginning with the 1980-81 school year, offering Pre-Kindergarten through fourth grades and many special programs and activities which support education.
Recent bragging rights are a result of several robotic teams placing in the top tier at area competitions. Additionally, student groups are active in community service ranging from food drives to making cards for special recipients. Perhaps Dr. Polk’s most vital contribution was helping establish the Kindergarten Program in the state of Texas.
- SEARCH Gifted and Talented Education
- All-day kindergarten class
- Accelerated Reader Program – Reading Initiative
- Learning Lab (reading and math programs)
- WATCH D.O.G.S. – Dads of Great Students
- Connections (After-school day care provided by the Boys and Girls Club)
Just 2.5 miles from Woodshore is Clute Intermediate at 421 E. Main (979-730-7230) where some 930 students pursue the school’s mission of “Empowering your Future.” This school has met the standards for student achievement and post-secondary readiness, according to the accountability studies required by the state.
Students enjoy specialty clubs for readers, chess players, student service and school spirit in addition to art, band, choir and orchestra.
Parent resources include live streaming, menus, educational planning guides, flyers and a portal with other comprehensive links and tools to help their students succeed.
Brazoswood High School
BHS has an enrollment of approximately 2,400 students, a student/teacher ration of 18:1, and an “Acceptable” rating. The graduation rate is 93%. The vision statement of BISD is “Pursuing innovation to make a difference for tomorrow.” The mission of BISD is to develop and empower the whole student with the capacity to excel in an ever-changing world. The US News report ranks Brazoswood High School as one of the nation’s top-performing high schools, rated 154 out of 1,870 Texas high schools.
Located one-half mile east of Woodshore, Brazosport College had a Fall 2013 total enrollment (both credit and non-credit courses) of over 34,000 students. In addition to numerous associate degrees and certificates in occupational/technical fields, Brazosport College offers a Bachelor of Applied Technology in Industrial Management degree.It is one of the few community colleges to offer a four-year degree. Brazosport College was recently ranked as the top community college in Texas by TheBestSchools.org, a higher education and career website. The ranking was featured in an article titled “The 50 Best Community Colleges in the United States” where Brazosport College ranked No. 29 overall. The Aspen Institute recently named it as one of the top ten community colleges in the nation.