Irving ISD

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Irving ISDPublic Schools

*Information as of 2016

District Name: Irving Independent School District


District Size & Class Size: Total Enrollment: 34,814 students

38 Educational Facilities, including:

  • 3 Early Childhood Schools
  • 20 Elementary Schools
  • 8 Middle Schools
  • 5 High Schools
    • 3 traditional, comprehensive campuses
    • 1 academy campus
    • 1 career prep campus

Number of Students per Teacher: 14.9

Grade Level Alignment:

  • Early Childhood Schools: PreK
  • Elementary Schools: K-5
  • Middle Schools: 6-8
  • High Schools: 9-12

Texas A-F Accountability Rating: This district received a B.

  • 2016 District Rating: MET STANDARD
  • 2016 Early Childhood Ratings: All 3 MET STANDARD
  • 2016 Elementary Ratings: All 20 MET STANDARD
  • 2016 Middle School Ratings: All 8 MET STANDARD
  • 2016 High School Ratings: All 5 MET STANDARD

In addition, Irving ISD earned 41 Distinction Designations awarded by the Texas Education Agency for student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). That number is an increase of four over 2015. In addition, 11 Irving ISD campuses received the postsecondary readiness distinction in 2016 compared to three in 2015.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Lady Bird Johnson Middle School is the largest net-zero middle school in the world.

  • Newcomer Academy opened in fall 2014 for students new to the country.
  • Irving ISD operates a year-long Attendance Success Initiative designed to keep students in school.
  • The district opened its new Outdoor Learning Center in October 2016

Specializations and Program Offerings:

 Dual Credit

  • We offer 10 Dual Credit courses at the college level on our high school campuses.
  • Class of 2016 graduates earned credit for 2,571 college classes, approximately 7,713 credit hours.

Advanced Placement (AP)

  • We offer AP (Advanced Placement) classes in 28 different subjects.
  • Nearly 1,800 AP exams were successfully passed last year, the equivalent of approximately 6,000 college hours.
  • 27% of students are enrolled in one or more AP course, grades 8-12.
  • 58% of students are enrolled in one or more Pre-AP course, grades 6-12.
  • Only district in the world offering AP Capstone courses in all Irving ISD high schools
  • Honored by the College Board on the 5th Annual AP district Honor Roll.

College Readiness

  • Open access for all students to college readiness tests – no cost to students.
  • In-school administration of PSAT for all eighth, tenth and eleventh grade students.
  • In-school administration of ACT for all seniors.
  • In-school administration of SAT for all juniors.

Signature Studies

  • Recognized for outstanding programs by the US Department of Education.
  • 16 distinct career clusters at the high school level.
  • 91% of all secondary students enroll in at least one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course.
  • In 2016, students earned more than 2,629 industry certifications.
  • More than 700 students are enrolled in classes that support student enterprises, or internships.
  • Of the 45 programs offered under the CTE umbrella, 49% are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) related.


  • College and career readiness program which allows students to develop an online portfolio and explore careers that match their career interests.
  • Uses preference and skills-based matching and rich digital profiles, which allows companies to locate highly qualified talent from within the Irving ISD student pool.
  • Serves as the “LinkedIn” site for high school students to network in a secure environment.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

  • Mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
  • 12 campuses, 83 sections, more than 2,160 students.
  • 100% of AVID students are enrolled in college prep sequence of courses.
  • 97% of AVID students graduate on the Recommended or Distinguished Programs (12% higher than all students).

Middle School Computer Programming

  • We offer a project-based learning class where students complete computer programming projects through productivity software such as Scratch and Audacity.
  • Students compete in the largest middle school video-game design competition in the state.


  • Elementary Fine Arts Offerings:
    • Art
    • Music
  • Secondary Fine Arts Offerings:
    • Music including band, choir, orchestra and mariachi
    • Theatre arts
    • Visual arts
    • Dance
  • 65% of all secondary students participate in Fine Arts programs.
  • 2,533 participants in 13 high school sports.
  • 3,815 participants in 5 middle school sports.
  • 12,000-seat Joy and Ralph Ellis Stadium, formerly Irving Schools Stadium, features artificial playing surface and video board.

Safety and Security:         


  • The district maintains a dedicated department for school safety and operations comprised of 53 employees.
  • The security department is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to monitor school property and facilities.
  • Each secondary campus is staffed with a dedicated security officer known as a Campus Auxiliary Officer.
  • The district partners with the Irving Police Department and has School Resource Officers assigned to each campus throughout the district.

Facilities and Equipment

  • There are 1,600 digitally-based closed circuit cameras used by security throughout the district.
  • Each school exterior door is monitored and equipped with keyless entry.
  • The district utilizes the Raptor V-Soft system for its visitor check-in procedures and to check against the national database of registered sex offenders.
  • The district uses security officers to conduct bag checks of all purses and backpacks at Irving Schools Stadium.

Training and Prevention

  • The district contracts with Region X to conduct the mandated three-year audit.
  • District employees participate in tabletop safety exercises on an annual basis.
  • Safety drills are conducted in compliance with mandates of the Texas Education Code.
  • A standing security committee meets at least annually to review the district’s comprehensive Multi-hazard Operations Plan.
  • Teachers teach with classroom doors locked.
  • All students and staff are required to prominently display their ID badge at school.

M&O/I&S Tax Rates and Last Bond Passage Information:

M&O:    1.17
I&S:        0.275
Total Tax Rate:  1.445

Tax Ratification Election

The Irving ISD Tax Ratification Election (TRE) passed on September 10, with 82 percent of voters in favor of the district’s Penny Exchange. Through the penny exchange – moving 13 pennies from the Interest & Sinking (I&S) tax rate to the Maintenance & Operations (M&O) tax rate – Irving ISD officials estimate the district will receive approximately $10 million in additional state aid from Austin while maintaining the same overall tax rate for local taxpayers. The additional state revenue will be used for teacher and staff salaries, instructional resources, facility maintenance and operating expenses.

Last Bond Passage: 2007 Bond: $249,975,000

Average Home Value in District:   $153,455

Selling Points:

  • As the 2015 National Advanced Placement (AP) District of the Year for mid-sized districts, Irving ISD has been recognized for its open access to AP courses and for students’ high performance in AP classes and on AP exams. Irving ISD earned this prestigious distinction for having more students participate in – and excel in – college-level courses than any other school district our size across North America. That’s why Irving ISD is a district of choice for college readiness.
  • Irving ISD earned a spot on the 2015 list of “Top Digital Districts” for its use of innovative technology.
  • In 2016, Irving ISD earned the highest ranking on the state’s accountability system and earned 41 Distinction Designations for top performance in all areas of STAAR, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.
  • Irving ISD is home to the nation’s largest net zero middle school, Lady Bird Johnson Middle School.
  • Three 2016 Irving ISD graduates received full scholarships to prestigious universities – Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania and Pomona College – through the QuestBridge Scholars program.
  • In 2016, 3 Irving ISD students were recognized in one of the National Merit Scholarship programs; and 12 middle school students earned the Duke TIP Scholar designation for scoring at or above the national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT or SAT.
  • Also in 2016, more than 2,600 high school students earned industry certifications in areas like law enforcement, health science, business and marketing as well as information technology.
  • Singley Academy and Nimitz High School were two of only 17 schools internationally chosen to participate in the College Board’s AP Cambridge Capstone Pilot Program.
  • Irving ISD was one of 23 school districts in the state selected to participate in the Texas High Performing Schools Consortium.
  • Irving ISD Business Services division is a 27-year award recipient of the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Report from the Association of School Business Officials International.
  • The Irving ISD Purchasing Department has been honored with the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) Award of Merit for purchasing operations.
  • The Class of 2016 earned $22 million in scholarship offers.
  • In 2016, the Nimitz High School Academic Decathlon Team placed in the top 10 at state for the 20th consecutive year, and the Academic Decathlon Team at Irving High School qualified for state for the first time in school history.
  • Since 2011, more than 415,000 books have been distributed through Irving Reads to students to encourage a love of literacy and promote summer reading.
  • In 2016, 21 Irving ISD students inked letters of intent to compete in sports at the collegiate level.

District Philosophy: District administrators and teachers are focused on maximizing the potential of every student. Instruction should be individualized and differentiated so students are competition ready, creativity ready and collaboration ready.