Richardson Independent School District

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Richardson Independent School District
Richardson Independent School District Logo.jpg
Richardson, Texas (35%)
Dallas, Texas (60%)
Garland, Texas (5%)

District information
MottoWhere all students connect, learn, grow and succeed
GradesPre-Kindergarten through 12th grade
SuperintendentDr. Jeannie Stone [1]
Students and staff
Athletic conferenceUIL 6A
Other information

Richardson Independent School District (RISD) is a school district based in Richardson, Texas (USA).

RISD covers 38.5 square miles (100 km2) and serves most of the city of Richardson and portions of the cities of Dallas and Garland (60 percent of RISD is in North Dallas, with 35 percent in Richardson and 5 percent in Garland). RISD operates 55 campuses that serve more than 36,000 students. Including administration and support, RISD maintains 70 facilities covering more than 6,000,000 square feet (560,000 m2) with 35,000,000 square feet (3,300,000 m2) of grounds.[2]

In 2011, the school district was rated "recognized" by the Texas Education Agency.[3]

A majority of RISD is located in Dallas. Two portions of North Dallas are in Richardson ISD: One is north of Interstate 635, between Coit Road and Preston Road, and south of the Collin-Dallas county line; the other is the portion of Lake Highlands east of White Rock Creek and north of the Northwest Highway.[4] These areas, annexed into the City of Dallas after 1960, are generally high income.[5]


The district was founded in 1854. At the time it provided education for children of local farmers, small business owners and settlers around the railroad just outside Dallas, TX. In recent times RISD has been rated as "Recognized" by the Texas Education Agency for many years in a row. RISD is the largest, most racially and socioeconomically diverse district in Texas to receive a rating this high. In 2010 the Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) added 22 RISD schools to the TBEC Honor Roll. RISD and Houston ISD leads the state in schools named to the Honor Roll. Only 252 public schools out of 8,000 in Texas were named to the TBEC Honor Roll, placing those 22 RISD schools in the top 4% of Texas public schools.[2]

In 2007 a report stated that, due to new development and older residents, certain areas of RISD faced student decreases. The removal of some low income apartment complexes contributed to the losses.[6]


In 1997, over 50% of the students were non-Hispanic white.[7] In a period until 2009, Richardson ISD's student body transitioned from a mostly white and affluent student body to a racially and socioeconomically diverse student body. In 2009 the State of Texas defined "college readiness," or readiness to undergo university studies, of high school graduates by scores on the ACT and SAT and in the 11th grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests. During that year the district's high schools consistently had high college readiness rates. Holly K. Hacker of The Dallas Morning News said that "Richardson school district leaders credit the strong showing at their high schools to attitude -- a refusal to accept poor performance based on changing demographics."[8] From 1997 to 2016 the number of non-Hispanic white students had declined by 44%, the least severe decline of the four major suburban Dallas County school districts that were majority white in 1997.[7]

From 1997 to 2016 the number of students on free or reduced lunches, a way of determining low income status, increased by 131%, the least severe increase of those four districts.[7]

Secondary schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

Junior high schools[edit]

Primary schools[edit]

  • Aikin Elementary School (Dallas)
  • Arapaho Classical Magnet School (Richardson)
  • Audelia Creek Elementary School (Dallas)
  • Big Springs Elementary School (Garland)
  • Bowie Elementary School (Dallas)
  • Brentfield Elementary School (Dallas)
  • Carolyn G. Bukhair Elementary School (Dallas)
  • Canyon Creek Elementary School (Richardson)
  • Dartmouth Elementary School (Richardson)
  • Dobie Primary School (Dallas)
  • Dover Elementary School (Richardson)
  • Forest Lane Academy (Dallas)
  • Forestridge Elementary School (Dallas)
  • Greenwood Hills Elementary School (Richardson)
  • Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet (Dallas)
  • Jess Harben Elementary School (Richardson)
  • Lake Highlands Elementary School (Dallas)
  • Mark Twain Elementary School (Richardson)
  • Math/Science/Technology Magnet School (Richardson)
  • Merriman Park Elementary School (Dallas)
  • Mohawk Elementary School (Richardson)
  • Moss Haven Elementary School (Dallas)
  • Northlake Elementary School (Dallas)
    • As of 2016 the student body is 86% low income, and the upper-middle-class neighborhoods in its attendance zone, as of 2016, largely do not send their kids to the school, instead prompting for private schools and other RISD elementary schools. Area parent Ben Solomon started a campaign to attract middle-class families back to Northlake elementary.[12]
  • Northrich Elementary School
  • Northwood Hills Elementary School (Dallas)
  • O. Henry Elementary School (Garland)
  • Prairie Creek Elementary School (Richardson)
  • Prestonwood Elementary School (Dallas)
  • Richardson Heights Elementary School (Richardson)
  • Richardson Terrace Elementary School (Richardson)
  • Richland Elementary School (Richardson)
  • RISD Academy (Dallas)
  • Skyview Elementary School (Dallas)
  • Spring Creek Elementary School (Dallas)
  • Spring Valley Elementary School (Dallas)
  • Springridge Elementary School (Richardson)
  • Stults Road Elementary School (Dallas)
  • Thurgood Marshall Elementary School (Dallas)
  • Wallace Elementary School (Dallas)
    • As of 2016 about 25% of the students are Burmese refugees living in area apartment complexes. In the period 2006-2016 60% of the students were low income. The school's increased enrollment mostly came from the Burmese, although affluent White students also increased in number.[12]
    • The Burmese students began arriving around 2010. Many of the Burmese students originated from refugee camps in Thailand.[13] In 2010 there were 30 Burmese students, and the school hired a part-time liaison, a refugee named Juna Paw, to assist them. In 2011 a larger group of refugees moved from another apartment complex into one in the Richardson ISD district and the Wallace Elementary attendance boundary. The students spoke Chin, Karen, and Karenni. In the fall of 2011 there were 96 Burmese students at Wallace Elementary, making up around 16% of the student population. The increase meant that Paw became a full-time employee, an additional English as a second language instructor was hired, and that additional morning tutoring was established for the Burmese.[14] The teachers at Wallace began cooperating with area churches, which held summer tutoring.[15] By 2013 20% of the school's students were Burmese.[16] By 2016 about 200 of the students, almost 25% of the student body, were Burmese.[13]
  • White Rock Elementary School (Dallas)
    • White Rock Elementary originally was a mostly-White school that its employees described, in the words of Laura Miller, then working for D Magazine, as the "Norman Rockwell of neighborhood schools".[17] By 1990 the addition of children living in apartments to the school caused the demographics to become more heavily minority and poor. In 1989 the school had 500 students. That year the number of ethnic minority students rose from 25 to 130. Due to the Fair Housing Act of 1988 apartments could no longer deny families with children as tenants.[17] However its student body was still more affluent than those of surrounding schools.[12]
    • The construction of Lake Highlands Town Center on the site of demolished apartments meant that the number of low income and minority students declined and the test scores improved: in the 2005-2006 school year, there were 270 low income students, making up 44% of the student body, and there were 205 black students, and 110 Hispanic students; 87% of the students passed Texas standardized tests, and 24% were ranked as "commended" on these tests. There were 620 total students in 2006. The student body immediately declined after the demolition of the apartments. In 2009-2010 the school had 96 low income students, making up 17% of the student body, and there were 68 Hispanic students and 68 black students; 97% of students passed state tests, the highest percentage of any RISD school, and 57% reached commended. The number of high income white students increased significantly after the apartments were demolished.[12]
    • By the late aughts the popularity of the school caused it to be overcrowded with students, starting a political issue on whether to build a new school. There were 630 students by 2012, and then around 2014 there were 800 students. RISD had added classrooms that year, giving the school a capacity of 912, but the district projected that in 2017 the school would need to have portable classrooms as there still would be too many students. Eric Nicholson of D Magazine wrote "Whether White Rock Elementary actually got better at educating students is a trickier question" since on one hand having too high poverty levels in any school can damage student performance, but also that the "strongest single predictor of student achievement" is socioeconomic status; however he added that the area real estate market perceived White Rock as having improved, and therefore house values rose.[12]
  • White Rock Trail Elementary School (Dallas)
  • Yale Elementary School (Richardson)

Former schools[edit]

Former secondary schools[edit]

  • Northwood Junior High School (closed in 1988; now houses RISD Academy)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


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  3. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on October 25, 2015.
  4. ^ "Live in Dallas (But Don’t Use Its Schools)" (Archive). The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved on March 8, 2016.
  5. ^ Hanson, Royce. Civic Culture and Urban Change: Governing Dallas. Wayne State University Press, April 1, 2003. ISBN 0814337473, 9780814337479. p. 82.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ a b c Nicholson, Eric (May 3, 2016). "In Dallas, White Flight Never Ends". Dallas Observer. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  8. ^ Hacker, Holly K. "Analysis shows true Texas high school performance, stripping away socioeconomic factors." The Dallas Morning News. September 3, 2011. Retrieved on February 10, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Retrieved on 20 January 2008.
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  11. ^ a b c d e Retrieved on 20 January 2008.
  12. ^ a b c d e Nicholson, Eric. "Lake Highlands Finds the Secret to Great Public Schools: Getting Rid of Poor Kids." Dallas Observer. Monday May 16, 2016. Retrieved on May 24, 2016.
  13. ^ a b Fancher, Julie. "Not your typical spring break: Richardson educators travel to refugee camp to see where their students come from" (Archive). The Dallas Morning News. March 28, 2016. Retrieved on May 25, 2016.
  14. ^ Weiss, Jeffrey. "Richardson ISD welcomes Burmese refugees" (Archive). The Dallas Morning News. January 1, 2012. Retrieved on May 25, 2016.
  15. ^ Weiss, Jeffrey. "Richardson teachers, local churches help young Myanmar refugees eager to learn " (Archive). The Dallas Morning News. June 25, 2012. Retrieved on May 25, 2016.
  16. ^ Toler, Carol. "Refugee students at Wallace: ‘It’s just a different level of poverty’." Lake Highlands Advocate. October 28, 2013. Retrieved on May 25, 2016.
  17. ^ a b Miller, Laura. "METROPOLIS THE "APARTMENT KIDS" AND A BEAVER CLEAVER SCHOOL." D Magazine. January 1990. Retrieved on May 24, 2016.
  18. ^ Fancher, Julie. "Richardson ISD to decide whether new school will shake up elementary boundaries." The Dallas Morning News. June 10, 2016. Retrieved on June 12, 2016.
  19. ^ Toler, Carol. "RISD trustees: K-6 for new school on White Rock Trail." Lake Highlands Advocate. June 21, 2016. Retrieved on August 25, 2016.