Channelview is a census-designated place on the east side of Houston, Harris County, Texas. Its population was 38,289 at the 2010 United States census. The community was named for its location on the northeastern curve of the Houston Ship Channel. It was founded by oil refinery workers after oil discoveries in the area occurred before 1916. The first schools opened for black and white students as the refinery workforce grew.
Despite being a suburb of the greater Houston metropolitan area, Channelview has its own identity and sense of community. In addition to its many parks and outdoor recreation opportunities, Channelview is also home to several notable historical spots. These sites offer a glimpse into the community's rich history, and provide a fascinating look at the state of Texas as both a nation and a state.
The community is served by the Channelview Independent School District. Parts of the community are also served by the Galena Park Independent School District. Residents of the Galena Park portion are zoned to Cobb Elementary School and North Shore Elementary School, which are both located in the Cloverleaf CDP. Channelview ISD operates one prekindergarten campus, six elementary schools (Harvey Brown, Crenshaw, DeZavala, Hamblen, McMullan, and McGhee), two junior high schools (Alice Johnson Junior High School and Anthony Aguirre Junior High School), and L.W. Kolarik 9th Grade Center, along with Channelview High School and Endeavor High School of Choice. Channelview is also home to Family Christian Academy and Foundation Christian School.