Joshua ISDPublic Schools
District Name: Joshua Independent School District
District Size & Class Size: Approximately 5,300 students. Student-to-teacher ratio for K-4 is 22:1; 5-6 is as close as possible to 22:1; secondary is as close to as possible to 20-25:1
Grade Level Alignment:
2016-2017 School Year: Elementary- K-6; middle school- 7-8; high school- 9-12
2017-2018 School Year: Elementary- K-5; middle school- 6-8; high school- 9-12
Joshua High School: Met standard; Academic Achievement earned in Social Studies, Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness
New Horizon High School: Met alternative standard
Joshua High School Ninth Grade Campus: Met standard ; Academic Achievementearned in Mathematics, Science, Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps and Top 25 Percent Student Progress
R.C. Loflin Middle School: Met standard; Academic Achievement earned in Science A.G. Elder Elementary: Met standard; Academic Achievement earned in Science and Top 25 Percent Student Progress
Caddo Grove Elementary: Met standard; Academic Achievement earned in ELA/Reading and Mathematics
H.D. Staples Elementary: Met standard, Academic Achievement in Science, Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness
North Joshua Elementary: Met standard, Academic Achievement earned in ELA/Reading, Science, Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness
Plum Creek Elementary: Met standard
Distinguishing Characteristics, Specializations and Program Offerings:
The district writes its own rigorous curriculum maps with learning objectives that are designed to challenge students at every grade level. Lessons are evaluated on a regular basis, using the Continuous Improvement Model for student success. Students are encouraged to take Advanced Placement classes and to take advantage of the dual- credit program with Hill College. In order to better integrate technology, the Bring Your Own Device program has been implemented in grades 9-12. JISD offers the opportunity for students to prepare for and take the GED, as well as implements a rigorous credit recovery program at the middle and high school levels. JISD provides full-day kindergarten at each campus. Full-time guidance counselors and licensed nurses are available at all campuses. For more information, go to joshuaisd.org.
Extracurricular: Music, band, and choir are offered at both the secondary and elementary campuses. A comprehensive athletics program, as well as numerous clubs and organizations, are available for students. The district also has an extensive secondary and elementary UIL Literary Program. Joshua High School has the distinction of being UIL Academic District Champions for six out of the past eight years.
Safety and Security: JISD works closely with first responders from Joshua, Burleson, and Johnson counties. First responders use JISD facilities to train for emergency situations, as well as helping with independent safety audits. The JISD emergency operations plan is shared with local municipalities, and city/county officers are invited to attend annual training updates for the district’s Rapid Responder Program.
School resource officers are assigned to each campus, along with an additional security officer at Joshua High School. The safety/security systems at schools allow the use of cameras to capture images at all times in commons areas, parking lots, and building entrances to provide a deterrent to poor behavior and a tool for resolving issues for campus administrators. Controlled access and advanced visitor registration systems are additional safety features at schools. Safety drills, covering a variety of emergencies, are conducted at each campus throughout the school year to ensure preparedness.
M&O/I&S Tax Rates and Last Bond Passage: M&O: $1.17; I&S: $0.44; total: $1.61. Last bond passage: 2015
Average Home Value in District: $122,490
District Philosophy: Joshua ISD will be a highly acclaimed model of educational excellence. Joshua ISD develops productive citizens of exceptional character who are lifelong learners.
Core value statements:
- Joshua ISD provides a safe and orderly environment.
- Joshua ISD students set goals and achieve high levels of success.
- Joshua ISD effectively and efficiently manages resources to promote student success.
- Joshua ISD is a source of pride and unity for students