Divide Independent School District

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Divide Independent School District is a public school district based in the community of Mountain Home in western Kerr County, Texas, United States.

In terms of students served, Divide ISD is the smallest district in Texas; the 2015 "graduation/promotion ceremony" featured a mere 11 students and the district had as few as eight students at the beginning of the 2014–2015 school year.[1] Divide ISD serves much of western Kerr County. Divide ISD is one of the few remaining schools called "one room schoolhouses" in the United States.[2] Technically it is not a one-room schoolhouse according to a Texas Monthly article by Katy Vine, as the original school building – still in use – does not hold the pre-Kindergarten classes. In the original building there are two classrooms since the district divided the original single room into two.[1]

Divide Independent School District consists of one school: Divide Elementary School, serving grades pre-Kindergarten through six. Students attend middle and high school in the neighboring Ingram Independent School District.

The school district is one of the best in the state of Texas and was rated "exemplary" by the Texas Education Agency.[3][4]


Fred "Barney" Klein obtained the funds to establish the school to serve an area that became populated after the state government built the relevant section of Texas State Highway 41.[1]

The district was previously named the Divide Common School District but received its current name on July 1, 1989; on that day its ID number changed from #133‐012 to #133‐905. The district is not to be confused with the former Divide Independent School District which in 1985 became part of the Blackwell Consolidated Independent School District.[5]

District area[edit]

The district, about 340 acres (140 ha) in size, lacks centers of commerce and business and consists of ranchland. As of 2002 about 200 people live in its area.[6]


The student body varies from period and period due to the nature of employment on ranches.[1]


As of 2015 the district uses a converted limousine purchased from a buyer in Dallas as a school bus.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Vine, Katy (September 2015). "Little Schoolhouse on the Prairie". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  2. ^ "Executive Summary". Texas School Performance Review Divide Independent School District. Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. June 2002. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  3. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2015-10-25.
  4. ^ Unmuth, Katherine Leal. "State's exemplary schools not judged on all criteria" (Archive). The Dallas Morning News. Sunday September 9, 2007. Retrieved on August 22, 2015.
  5. ^ "CONSOLIDATIONS, ANNEXATIONS AND NAME CHANGES FOR TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS" (PDF). Texas Education Agency. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2019-10-30. Divide ISD #177‐904 consolidated to Blackwell ISD #177‐903 to form Blackwell CISD effective 9/1/1985[...]Divide CSD #133‐012 reclassified to ISD. New name Divide ISD #133‐905 effective 7/1/1989
  6. ^ "Community Involvement". Texas School Performance Review Divide Independent School District. Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. June 2002. Archived from the original on 2003-05-09. Retrieved 2019-04-26.