Dripping Springs Independent School District
In addition to Dripping Springs, the district serves the village of Bear Creek and rural areas in northwestern Hays County. A small portion of southwestern Travis County also lies within the district.
The school district and all five campuses have "Met Standard" in the Texas Education Association ratings. In December 2014 Dripping Springs ISD was recognized in a report released by the Texas Comptroller's Office as having the highest rating for efficiency in spending while attaining high levels of student achievement, one of 46 public school districts/charters statewide to do so. DSISD has earned the Gold Leadership Circle Award from the Texas State Comptroller's Office in recognition of the district's financial transparency for three consecutive years.[when?] Dripping Springs ISD was selected as a state finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Large District of the Year Award for two consecutive years (2014 and 2015).
Formal public education in Dripping Springs began in 1876. After being superseded during the 1880s by a private Baptist boarding school, it was reestablished in 1890 with the school continuing to be operated by the Baptist Church. In 1921 the Baptists deeded the school to the state. In 1940 citizens voted to consolidate the Dripping Springs Public School System with 14 other small districts in the area, including the Lake Travis district, after which the district became accredited for the first time and a program of building new schools began in 1949. In 1981, Lake Travis Independent School District split from Dripping Springs, with the boundary approximately following the county line.
On May 10, 2014, voters approved a $94 million bond to build a second middle school and a fourth elementary school, as well as a baseball/softball complex and football stadium (built around the existing competition field) at Dripping Springs High School.
- Dripping Springs High School (Grades 9-12)
Dripping Springs High School is a comprehensive public high school consisting of grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. The enrollment is approximately 1,550 students.
- Dripping Springs Middle (grades 6-8)
- Sycamore Springs Middle (grades 6-8)
- Dripping Springs Elementary (PK-grade 5)
- Rooster Springs Elementary (PK-grade 5)
- Walnut Springs Elementary (PK-grade 5)
- Sycamore Springs Elementary (PK-grade 5)
- Gary Zupancic, "Education in Dripping Springs through the year", Dripping Springs Century-News, May 18, 2017.
- Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)