Irving Independent School District
|Irving Independent School District|
|Type and location|
|Motto||Where Children Come First|
|Grades||Pre-K through 12|
|Superintendent||Jose L. Parra, Ed.D|
|Budget||$250 million general fund|
|Students and staff|
Irving Independent School District is a school district based in Irving, Texas (USA). The district, which covers 48.5 square miles (126 km2), serves most of the city of Irving, except for Valley Ranch and a portion of Las Colinas. The district also serves small portions of Grand Prairie and Dallas.
All Irving ISD high school students are issued a laptop computer. In addition, students at DeZavala Middle School, which is a part of a grant program, get laptops. The IISD Library Media Program received national recognition in 2000 and 1991 when it received the National School Library Media Program of the Year Award (Large District Category) by the American Association of School Librarians.
In 2010, the final year of TEA academic ratings, the school district was rating academically acceptable. While the school district has a high percentage of free and reduced lunch students, language minority students, all schools have consistently been ranked either exemplary, recognized, or academically acceptable by the Texas Education Agency. In 2010 and 2011, the school district received a 5-star rating from the Texas Comptroller for its fiscal management and academic progress. Irving ISD was one of approximately 43 school districts out of over 1200 in Texas to receive the rating in 2010. During the 2011 school year, Irving was one of only 23 school districts out of over 1200 to repeat the 5-star rating.
IISD graduates in the Class of 2010 earned approximately $22 million in scholarship offers. Eleven seniors were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program, and many others received local, regional, state and national honors in academics, fine arts, and athletics.
Irving ISD is made up of 80% low-income families, including 9,500 high school students. It is also a majority-minority district. The student population represents more than fifty-six countries speaking over ninety-five languages.
- African American 12.06%
- American Indian 0.47%
- Asian 3.57%
- Hispanic 70.84%
- White 11.66%
During the 2011–12 school year, the district had a peak enrollment of 34,851. The district enrollment has risen since 2007 when the it faced a decrease in student population as result of the City of Irving performing a code enforcement crackdown on several low rent apartments, causing many low income families to leave the district. In addition, then Superintendent Jack Singley said that some illegal immigrants may have feared deportation, so they and their families left the district.
All Irving ISD elementary and middle school students are required to wear school uniforms, a dress code that has been enforced since the 1999-2000 school year. The uniforms consists of a polo shirt and appropriate school pants (navy blue pants, khakis, etc.). The acceptable shirt colors are light blue, white, forest green, navy blue and attending campus school colors.
- The United States Department of Education designated MacArthur High School as a National Blue Ribbon School in May 2002.
- Nimitz High School
- Jack E. Singley Academy (formerly The Academy of Irving ISD)
- Cardwell Career Preparatory Center
- Austin Middle School
- Bowie Middle School
- Crockett Middle School
- DeZavala Middle School
- Houston Middle School
- Lamar Middle School
- Lamar Middle School was designated a National Blue Ribbon School in May 2000.
- Travis Middle School
- Lady Bird Johnson Middle School
- Lady Bird MS opened in the 2011-12 school year as the largest net-zero middle school in the country. The school is powered by solar panels, wind turbines, etc. and produces as much energy as it uses while serving a student population of approximately 1000 students.
- Barton Elementary School
- Brandenburg Elementary School
- Britain Elementary School
- Brown Elementary School
- Davis Elementary School
- Elliott Elementary School
- Farine Elementary School
- Gilbert Elementary School
- Good Elementary School
- Good Elementary School was designated a National Blue Ribbon School in May 2001. Good was also one of 12 schools in the U.S. and the only school in Texas to receive special recognition in technology in 2001.
- John Haley Elementary School
- Thomas Haley Elementary School
- Hanes Elementary School
- Johnston Elementary School
- Keyes Elementary School
- Lee Elementary School
- Lively Elementary School
- Schulze Elementary School
- Stipes Elementary School
- Townley Elementary School
- Townsell Elementary School
Early childhood centers
- Clifton Early Childhood School
- Kinkeade Early Childhood School
- Pierce Early Childhood School
- Elementary Development Center
- Ratterree Career Development Center
- Secondary Reassignment Center
- Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center (Formerly Union Bower Center for Learning)
- Wheeler Transitional and Development Center
- "Irving Texas Independent School District". State of South Dakota K-12 Data Center. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency.
- Leal Unmuth, Katherine. "Irving ISD faces challenges as poverty grows in inner-ring suburb". 18 Jan 2011. Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- Hupp, Staci and Katherine Leal Unmuth. "Irving, Richardson schools face sliding enrollment, hard choices." The Dallas Morning News. Sunday December 9, 2007. Retrieved on November 19, 2011.
- Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)