Waxahachie Independent School District

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Waxahachie Independent School District
Location
Waxahachie, Texas
United States of America
District information
Type Public, Independent school district
Motto"Excellence in Education"
GradesPrekindergarden - 12th grade
Established1864
SuperintendentDr. Bonny Cain
Governing agency Texas Education Agency
NCES District ID 4844730 [1]
Students and staff
Students8,107 [2]
Teachers566.8 [2]
Staff1,162.8 [2]
Other information
Website www.wisd.org

The Waxahachie Independent School District is a public school district located in Waxahachie, Texas, a suburban community serving as the county seat for Ellis County which adjoins Dallas County to the north. Waxahachie ISD is a district of approximately 8,500 students [3] structured in seventeen campuses: 10 elementary school campuses, 3 junior high campuses, 3 high school campuses and 1 alternative learning campus. WISD offers several CTSO's to its students including FFA, Skills USA and TSA.

A school district is a special-purpose district that operates local public primary and secondary schools in various nations.

Waxahachie, Texas City in Texas, United States

Waxahachie is the county seat of Ellis County, Texas, United States, it is located just beyond the southern suburbs of Dallas and is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The population was 29,621 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 32,344 in 2014.

National FFA Organization organization

National FFA Organization is an American 501(c)(3) youth organization, specifically a career and technical student organization, based on middle and high school classes that promote and support agricultural education. It was founded in 1925 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, by agriculture teachers, Henry C. Groseclose, Walter Newman, Edmund Magill and Harry Sanders as Future Farmers of Virginia. In 1928, it became a nationwide organization known as Future Farmers of America. In 1988 the name was changed to the National FFA Organization, now commonly referred to as FFA, to recognize that the organization is for those with diverse interests in the food, fiber and natural resource industries, encompassing science, business and technology in addition to production agriculture. Today FFA is among the largest youth organizations in the United States, with 669,989 members in 8,630 chapters throughout all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. FFA is the largest of the career and technical student organizations in U.S. schools.

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In 2012-13 and 2013–14, the school district and all campuses received the highest Texas Education Agency accountability rating of "Met Standard." [4] In 2014, the NAMM Foundation awarded the district a Best Communities for Music Education designation, one of only 376 districts to receive the prestigious award. [5]

Schools & Facilities

High schools

Waxahachie High School is a public high school in the city of Waxahachie, Texas, USA and classified as a 6A school by the UIL. It is a part of the Waxahachie Independent School District located in central Ellis County. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.

Waxahachie Global High School is a high school in Waxahachie, Texas, founded in 2007 on the historic T.C. Wilemon campus. It is one of only 91 STEM academies in the state of Texas. It was additionally granted Early College High School status in 2009 through a partnership with Navarro College, allowing students to earn an associate degree along with their high school diploma. Recently, as of the start of the 2013-2014 school year, Global High made a partnership with UT Tyler for all the STEM-based college courses offered at Global. As a public charter school, students from Ellis County and surrounding areas can attend regardless of zoning. Many students commute from surrounding cities such as Waxahachie, Red Oak, Ennis, Maypearl, Midlothian, Palmer, Italy, Cedar Hill, and Desoto. Waxahachie Global was named a 2014 "Best High School" by U.S. News & World Report. Starting in the 2018-19 school year, the Global campus is located in the Billy R. Hancock Building.

Waxahachie High School of Choice is an alternative high school for at-risk students in Waxahachie Independent School District, Texas. The campus includes a District Challenge Academy as well as a day care center. The school is located at Turner Learning Center in Waxahachie, Texas. All students that attend WHSoC are automatically put on the Texas Minimum Graduation Plan. Students who qualify for WHSoC are students with grade problems, behavioral problems, or hardships.

Junior high schools

Elementary schools

Facilities

Students

Academics

STAAR - Percent at Level II Satisfactory Standard or Above (Sum of All Grades Tested) [2]
SubjectWaxahachie ISDRegion 10State of Texas
Reading79%74%73%
Mathematics83%77%76%
Writing75%71%69%
Science81%80%79%
Soc. Studies77%80%77%
All Tests80%76%75%

Students in Waxahachie typically outperform local region and statewide averages on standardized tests. In 2015-2016 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) results, 80% of students in Waxahachie ISD met Level II Satisfactory standards, compared with 76% in Region 10 and 75% in the state of Texas. [2] The average SAT score of the class of 2015 was 1476, and the average ACT score was 22.6. [2]

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, commonly referred to as its acronym STAAR, are a series of standardized tests used in Texas public primary and secondary schools to assess a student's achievements and knowledge learned in the grade level. It tests curriculum taught from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, which in turn is taught by public schools. The test used to be developed by Pearson Education every school year, although the most recent contract gave Educational Testing Service a role in creating some of the tests, under the close supervision of the Texas Education Agency.

The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. Since it was debuted by the College Board in 1926, its name and scoring have changed several times; originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, it was later called the Scholastic Assessment Test, then the SAT I: Reasoning Test, then the SAT Reasoning Test, and now, simply the SAT.

Demographics

In the 2015-2016 school year, the school district had a total of 8,107 students, ranging from early childhood education and pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The class of 2015 included 545 graduates; the annual drop-out rate across grades 9-12 was 2.2%. [2]

As of the 2015-2016 school year, the ethnic distribution of the school district was 49.7% White, 34.8% Hispanic, 11.8% African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 2.7% from two or more races. Economically disadvantaged students made up 47.1% of the student body. [2]

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References

  1. "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Waxahachie Isd". National Center for Education Statistics . Institute of Education Sciences . Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "2015-16 Texas Academic Performance Report, WAXAHACHIE ISD". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  3. http://www.wisd.org/defaultaspx?name=ABUS_homepage
  4. ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2014/index.html
  5. http://www.nammfoundation.org/community/2014-bcme-results