Wylie Independent School District (Collin County, Texas)

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Wylie Independent School District is a school district based in Wylie, Texas, United States and covers much of south central Collin County.

Wylie ISD serves most of the city of Wylie, including the city of St. Paul, a portion of the city of Murphy, and the Collin County portion of the city of Sachse. Enrollment has grown to just over 10,000 students.[1] The average student to teacher ratio is 15:1[1]

In 2009, the school district was rated "recognized" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]

History[edit]

In the 1890s, the town of Wylie had been served by a small school[3] with small funding primarily by the parents of the students of the schools. Thomas Franklin Birmingham noticed this problem traveling and established Wylie ISD in 1901-1902. He set limits of the district that all citizens in that area would pay taxes to uphold the district. The Birmingham family had provided money to build a proper High School. Since then the Birmingham family has established various Land Trusts[4] to fund areas of curriculum for the district as well as scholarships for the top 22 of the graduating class. The city and district has honored him and his family with the Birmingham Elementary School and streets among other things.

In 2007 the Wylie East High School opened for the 2007-2008 school year. In 2009, the school was rated "exemplary" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]

In the summer of 2015 all Wylie ISD campues underwent renovations to bring them well in the 21st century.

The most recent school to have been built was George W. Bush Elementary school, which opened the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

Standardized dress[edit]

Since the 2006-2007 school year, all Wylie ISD students in grades 5 through 12 have had to comply with a standardized dress code, which is similar to a school uniform.[5] In the 2007-2008 school year, the dress code went largely unchanged, except that hooded sweatshirts are not accepted. The dress code includes wearing a solid polo shirt, turtle neck or button up shirts, and it must be tucked in. Pants and shorts can be khaki, black or navy blue, and must be worn with a belt. Footwear includes tennis shoes.

In 2011, the Wylie ISD school board officially changed its policy to allow hooded sweatshirts, pants with rivets, cargo pants, and colored belts and shoelaces. It remains unchanged to this day.[6]

Schools[edit]

Secondary schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

Junior high schools (7-8)[edit]

  • Burnett Junior High School
  • Cooper Junior High School
  • McMillan Junior High School

Primary schools[edit]

Intermediate schools (5-6)[edit]

  • Davis Intermediate School (recognized campus 2009-2010)
  • Draper Intermediate School (exemplary campus 2009-2010)
  • Harrison Intermediate School (exemplary campus 2009-2010)

Elementary schools (PK-4)[edit]

  • Akin Elementary School
  • Birmingham Elementary School
  • Cox Elementary School
  • Dodd Elementary School
  • Groves Elementary School
  • George Bush Elementary School
  • Hartman Elementary School
  • Smith Elementary School
  • Tibbals Elementary School
  • Watkins Elementary School
  • Whitt Elementary School

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