Palestine is a graceful, romantic city second only to Galveston in the number of historic Texas landmarks, with more than 1,600 historical sites. Educational opportunities abound in this community. Palestine has two school districts. Palestine Independent School District includes five elementary campuses, one intermediate campus, one middle school and one high school, with programs for gifted and talented students as well as high school honors and Advanced Placement courses. Westwood School District employs almost 200 teachers with a student teacher ration of 21:1 and programs in special education, gifted and talented, and honors. Trinity Valley Community College has served the Palestine community since 1972, offering vocational, technical and associate degree programs as well as diverse continuing education and community services. The Palestine campus of The University of Texas at Tyler offers bachelor degrees in nursing, business, health professions and interdisciplinary studies with teacher certification for Pre-K through 4th grade. Master degrees are offered in nursing, business and educational leadership. Other higher education institutions within driving distance include Texas A&M at College Station, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin University, Tyler Junior College and University of Texas at Tyler. The Palestine Community Theater produces four plays each season. Named the “Outstanding Library in the United States” in 1992, the Palestine Public Library has more than 70,000 volumes. The Palestine Civic Center offers 25,000 square-feet of entertainment possibilities under one roof. Palestine is host for the Spring Dogwood Trails Festival and the annual Texas Hot Pepper Festival.