Palestine has two public school districts, where students have access to a number of academic programs known for both their excellence and success rates. These include KEY, which provides foundational learning to pre-kindergarten kids; Launch, designed around an advanced, ambitious math and science curriculum; and STEAM, where high-technology and design are combined to help students develop skills in engineering and graphic arts. Palestine is also home to a public university Charter School and a small private Christian School.
The Palestine Independent School District, the largest in Anderson County, caters to 3,300 students at five elementary campuses, one intermediate campus, one middle school and one high school. Gifted and talented programs are available, as well as athletic and academic activities. On the high school level, honors classes and advanced placement classes are offered.
Westwood Independent School District meets the educational needs of more than 1,500 students, offering programs and services including special education, gifted and talented, and honors courses. With a strong athletic program, as well as Academic Decathlon, Westwood Independent School District employs almost 200 teachers and other personnel.
UT Tyler University Academy Palestine is a public university Charter School that incorporates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education into daily classroom curriculum and utilizes a hands-on learning approach to better equip students with the 21st century skills required to succeed in the future.
Christian Heritage Academy is a school which meets the academic needs of children grades K through 8, whose parents desire the highest academic standards in an environment that promotes the basic tenets of the Christian faith. CHA is operated as a non-profit, non-denominational educational ministry of Southside Baptist Church, Palestine, Texas and is governed by the CHA School Board.
Palestine offers academic transfer courses and vocational-technical programs in everything from computer science to legal training, paramedic programs to criminal justice education.
The University of Texas Tyler opened a $9.6 million, 50-acre campus in 2010, where full-time students and adults interested in continuing education can take courses in nursing, business, education, history and medicine.