Duncanville ISDPublic Schools
District Name: Duncanville Independent School District
District Size & Class Size: 13,000 students at 18 campuses. Student-to-teacher ratio is 17.3:1.
Grade Level Alignment: Elementary, pre-K-4; intermediate, 5-6; middle school, 7-8; high school, 9-12
Accountability: As a district, Duncanville ISD met or exceeded standards in the three performance index areas that focus on student achievement and progress. The district did not reach the target score set for Index 4: Postsecondary Readiness, which resulted in a district rating of Improvement Required. The district has put systems in place to increase the percentage of June 2014 graduates who earned a Recommended or Distinguished state graduation plan. These measures will positively impact the district’s rating for the 2015 Accountability Performance Index Rating.
Individual campuses receiving distinctions:
> Duncanville High School – Academic Achievement in Science and Social Studies
> Reed Middle School – Top 25 Percent Student Progress
> Brandenburg Intermediate School – Academic Achievement in Reading and Mathematics
> Hardin Intermediate School – Academic Achievement in Reading/English Language Arts
> Fairmeadows Elementary School – Academic Achievement in Reading/English Language Arts
Specializations and Program Offerings: The 2014 Duncanville High School graduating class earned more than $8.4 million in scholarships for colleges and universities across the country. Duncanville High School engineering students are highly sought after by colleges. A team of DHS engineering students took second place at the 2014 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. They competed in the category of Community Action Project based on their project to install a free Wi-Fi network in a City of Duncanville park.
Extracurricular: Duncanville ISD offers sports programs, which consistently draw the attention of colleges offering athletic scholarships. Thirteen Duncanville High School student athletes signed on to play football, basketball, soccer, or run cross-country in college on National Signing Day in 2014. Two members of Duncanville’s girls’ basketball team signed to play at the University of Texas. The Duncanville Independent School District is proud to offer one of the most progressive band programs in the United States. The Duncanville High School Band is Texas’ only Class 5A program to have earned all three of the Texas State Championships. Band is offered from grades 6-12.
Safety and Security: Duncanville ISD has security officers at all of its campuses. At the high school level, student ID badges are mandatory. All campus staff members are trained to handle emergency situations. Some campuses have a dual-entrance buzzer system.
M&O/I&S Tax Rates and Last Bond Passage: The current total tax rate for 2014-15 is $1.41. The maintenance and operations portion of the total tax rate is $1.04, while the debt service rate is $0.37. The district is proud to have received three major awards this year for financial transparency and prudent fiscal management: Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle Platinum Award, Association of School Business Officials International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award, and the Government Finance Officers Association’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
The community’s approval of a $166 million bond proposal in 2001 brought much-needed changes to district facilities. In addition to constructing two new elementary schools through bond funding, every existing campus was renovated, including the $90 million renovation and expansion of Duncanville High School and the redevelopment of a ninth-grade campus to a third middle school.
Average Home Value in District: $98,596
Selling Points: Duncanville ISD is home to a 2014 National Merit Scholarship semifinalist who placed in the top 1 percent of students in the country. The high school also has two students who were named National Merit Commended after placing in the top 5 percent of all students nationwide on the Preliminary SAT test. Since 1995, Duncanville ISD has had 33 National Merit Finalists. The Duncanville High School marching band is the only 5A band in Texas to advance to the State Marching Band Contest every year since 1988. Duncanville ISD’s athletic director and varsity women’s basketball coach is one of the more highly respected in the country. In April 2014, coach Cathy Self-Morgan was named the 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA National High School Coach of the Year and awarded the inaugural Pat Summitt Trophy. Coach Self-Morgan led Duncanville to three state championship titles, bringing her coaching career record to 992-200.
Philosophy: The mission of Duncanville Independent School District is to provide each student with the necessary skills to achieve lifelong success and contribute to a global society. Our vision is that Duncanville ISD students will develop personal and academic excellence, tolerance, responsibility, and self-confidence within a diverse educational setting. Duncanville ISD recognizes that individual student needs are best served by a well-balanced curriculum delivered using a range of instructional techniques. This vision will ensure lifelong learning and effective leadership.
DISD’s educational philosophy is based on five core beliefs:
> Purposeful engagement – The most effective long-term way to learn and is our primary responsibility.
> Quality teachers – The single most important influence on the quality of learning.
> Collaboration and continuous improvement – We are a learning organization with a culture of continuous improvement and collaboration.
> Valuing each individual – Each person is unique and of infinite value; therefore, we embrace and celebrate diversity.
> Schools impacting community – Quality schools encourage and sustain quality of life, freedom, democracy, and economic growth.