Lovejoy ISDPublic Schools
District Name: Lovejoy Independent School District
District Size & Class Size: 3,900 students. The high school enrollment is currently 1,200 students, categorizing it as 5A for athletics, fine arts, and academic competitions.
Grade Level Alignment: Elementary, K-4; intermediate school, 5-6; middle school, 7-8; high school, 9-12
Texas A-F Accountability Rating: This district received an A. Lovejoy ISD has always achieved the highest available rating from the Texas Education Agency regardless of the accountability system in place. Beginning in 2011, when the school was first eligible, Lovejoy High School has been rated by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 500 high schools in the United States, with a 2013 ranking of No. 234.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Lovejoy ISD will always be a district with just one high school, with a projected enrollment not to exceed 1,900 students. In addition to required credits for graduation, each senior must complete a senior project in order to satisfy the Lovejoy ISD graduation requirements.
Specializations and Program Offerings: Lovejoy offers a specialized STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program for grades 5-12. High school students may take dual-credit courses, online courses, 26 Advanced Placement courses, award-winning journalism courses, Project Lead the Way engineering courses, and others. The special education program offers programs to meet the unique learning needs of each identified child, and our dyslexia program has been recommended by Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.
Extracurricular: Lovejoy offers a full range of fine arts programs, including orchestra, band, choir, and theater. In addition, all University Interscholastic League (UIL) sports are offered. Lovejoy is a two-time winner of the prestigious Lone Star Cup, a statewide competition rewarding the highest performing districts, in each size category, for the best athletic and academic results. Also, Lovejoy ISD offers K-12 competitive chess and competitive robotics for grades 7-12.
Safety and Security: Lovejoy ISD has secure facilities requiring badges for entry. Patrons without a badge must be buzzed into the facility. Lovejoy has a high level of safety and very few student discipline incidents.
M&O/I&S Tax Rates and Last Bond Passage: M&O: $1.06; I&S: $0.50; total: $1.56. In May 2014, the community passed a build-out bond covering all capital needs for the next 10 years.
Average Home Value in District: $412,000
Selling Points: Lovejoy ISD is considered a destination district. Families residing outside of the district boundaries are offered a unique tuition-based transfer program, allowing qualifying students the opportunity to attend school in Lovejoy. Tuition for grades K-6 is currently $8,000 per year and tuition for grades 7-12 is currently set at $10,000 per year.
Lovejoy ISD was selected as the 2010 HEB Best Small District in Texas. Lovejoy ISD is a college-prep school district with approximately one in every three high school students taking and passing at least three AP exams prior to graduation. In addition to challenging academics in a supportive learning environment, Lovejoy encourages students to explore areas of passion.
Philosophy: Lovejoy is committed to closing the real gap in public education—the gap for each student between his/her current performance and his/her potential. Lovejoy creates a learning environment that supports each of the six pillars of our graduate profile.
In Lovejoy we work to ensure that each student is:
> Intellectually Equipped
> Open to the Challenges of Learning
> Fair and Respectful of Others
> Engaged in a Healthy Lifestyle
> Working for Justice through Community Service