Marilyn Estates is located in the Houston Independent School District, which offers a variety of zoned and magnet programs for elementary, middle and high school children.

Charter schools also are public schools. In addition, there are a number of excellent private schools near the subdivision, as well as public and private colleges and universities.

Most schools in Houston are organized in three levels: Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade (elementary), 6th - 8th grade (middle) and 9th - 12th grade (senior high). Instruction at all levels is largely regulated by state requirements. State law restricts class sizes for grades 4 and under to a maximum of 22 students per teacher. Several standardized aptitude and achievement tests are administered to students at different ages.

Overall, the Harris County area includes 24 school districts offering public education to many incorporated and unincorporated communities.