Grapevine-Colleyville ISDPublic Schools
District Name: Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District
District Size & Class Size: 13,768 students;
Grade 1 17.6
Grade 2 18.5
Grade 3 18.8
Grade 4 17.9
Grade 5 20.9
Grade 6 20.1
English/Language Arts 18.9
Foreign Languages 17.1
Social Studies 23.8
Grade Level Alignment: Pre-K, at select campuses; Elementary, K-5; middle school, 6-8; high school, 9-12
Texas A-F Accountability Rating: This district received an A. Together, our schools earned a total of 37 distinctions with at least one from each of the seven distinction designation categories for 2016.
In the fifth year of its 10-year strategic plan, the district is transforming its culture to provide the foundation that today’s 21st century learners need to be successful now and in life beyond high school. GCISD’s strategic plan, LEAD 2021, stands for Leading Excellence-Action Driven. Through four core objectives—preparing students to be college and career ready, harnessing technology for learning, fostering citizenship and mutual respect, and building community involvement—the district is creating an innovative environment where students are inspired, encouraged, and supported. This innovative environment includes 1:1 technology programs implemented at every elementary school and middle school, personalized learning plans for students, and enhanced career and technology opportunities.
Specializations and Program Offerings:
In addition to the offerings at every campus, GCISD has several specialized programs designed to meet the needs of students:
> iUniversity Prep: A GCISD Virtual Academy that is a fully online, state-accredited, tuition-free public school offered statewide to any students in grades 4 – 12. This program allows students from across the state of Texas to receive a quality education from a high-performing school district while
enjoying the flexibility provided by online education.
> The GCISD Collegiate Academy at Tarrant County College Northeast provides students the opportunity to receive a high school education on a college campus, while also earning up to 60 hours of college credit. Through this partnership with TCC-NE, Collegiate Academy students can graduate in four years with a high school diploma as well as an associate’s degree.
> The ASPIRE Academy at Glenhope Elementary is an accelerated Gifted and Talented Program for elementary students and is designed to meet the academic and affective needs of exceptional students within the GCISD gifted population.
> STEM academies are located at Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School and Grapevine Middle School. Through our STEM programs, students receive an increased focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math during their daily instruction. STEM is a curricular program that integrates the concept of STEM across core content areas and electives, where appropriate.
The Technology Education and Career Center, located at Grapevine High School, encourages students to explore programs such as health and medical, culinary arts, journalism and broadcasting, judicial, computer technology, and more. The TECC serves students from both Grapevine High School and Colleyville Heritage High School.
Extracurricular: In addition to the variety of programs available and advanced academic opportunities, GCISD students also have a wide range of choices in extracurricular activities. About 96% of students take part in extra-curricular programs. GCISD students are recognized across the state and nation as high-level competitors. Both high school athletics programs and individual student athletes hold multiple district, area, bi district, and state championship titles and have consistently advanced to playoffs in recent years in a variety of sports. GCISD also continuously receives a Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. Our programs offer students the opportunity to explore their interests, learn skills, and grow their talents in a highly competitive yet nurturing environment. Each year, our student athletes, musicians, and artists are offered college scholarships.
Safety and Security: GCISD is dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for the students, faculty, staff and visitors on campuses. The district implements security protocols at every school and facility, including controlled entry systems, managed ID badge access for employees, cameras, and visitor identification and screening procedures. All school and district personnel are trained in security procedures and we conduct regular safety and security drills with students and staff. The district has active emergency management teams, which include city officials and emergency responders as team members, and has a comprehensive emergency plan that reflects best practices for multiple scenarios at every campus. The district reviews and updates the plan annually, as needed.
M&O/I&S Tax Rates and Last Bond Passage: The Maintenance & Operations tax rate is $1.04, and the Interest & Sinking fund is $0.3567. On May 7, 2016, GCISD passed a $248.975 million bond.
Average Home Value in District: $305,212
Selling Points: GCISD celebrates more than 100 years of history and a tradition of excellence. Our district mission is to be the BEST, and we define that as Building Excellent Schools Together. We serve students in Grapevine, Colleyville, and portions of Euless, Hurst, and Southlake through 17 traditional schools, two alternative campuses, and a collegiate academy. We also operate a statewide online school that serves students across Texas. Our district is proud to offer a college preparatory education at all levels and provide a variety of academic and extracurricular opportunities for students. We honor our long-standing history and build upon that foundation to provide an enhanced learning experience for students across the district.
> Attendance rate: 96.5 percent
> Graduation rate: 96.2 percent
> College-bound seniors: 91.4 percent
> More than $28 million in scholarships offered to graduating seniors
> Variety of advanced academic opportunities
> Award-winning fine arts programs
> Competitive athletic programs
> Highly qualified and nationally recognized teachers
> Personalized learning plans for students
> 1:1 technology programs at every elementary and middle school
> Enhanced career and technology opportunities
> Dual language programs at elementary and middle school level
> STEM Academies (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School and Grapevine Middle School
> Aspire Academy accelerated program for highly gifted students
> GCISD Technology Education and Career Center
> Online learning through iUniversity Prep: a GCISD Virtual Academy
> GCISD Collegiate Academy at Tarrant County College Northeast
> Recognized for excellence in financial management, transparency, and reporting
> Active and supportive Education Foundation
> Partnerships with local and area businesses to enhance student opportunities
> Valued partnerships with cities, civic organizations, and community groups
District Philosophy: In GCISD, we believe that providing a top-quality education is the first priority of the school system and we work to inspire, encourage, and empower students to achieve their full potential. Through our work with our LEAD 2021 strategic plan, our goal is to redefine education because our students’ future—the future of our society—matters today. This is being accomplished through the expectations GCISD has for its students and teachers, the positive relationships built across the district and throughout the community, and the innovations taking place in our teaching and students’ learning. LEAD 2021 is building and expanding upon GCISD’s legacy of success with new objectives designed to meet students’ educational needs today and for the next decade.