Mansfield ISDPublic Schools
District Name: Mansfield Independent School District
District Size & Class Size: 34,325 students. The average student-to-teacher ratio is 16:1.
Grade Level Alignment: Elementary school: K-4 (some pre-K); Intermediate school: 5-6; Middle school: 7-8; and High school: 9-12.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Mansfield ISD is a highly sought-after school district, and the community recognizes that it’s a great place to live, learn, and teach. The district spans across Johnson and Tarrant County and encompass sections of Mansfield, Arlington, Grand Prairie, and small portions of Burleson, Fort Worth, Venus, Alvarado, and Kennedale.
As leaders in education, MISD facilitates community involvement, cultural awareness, instructional practice, curriculum depth, and teacher development, while creating learning environments that provide students with the greatest opportunities for success.
Specializations and Program Offerings: Mansfield ISD develops its own curriculum according to national curriculum audit standards, and lessons are calibrated at the district level for rigor and effectiveness. The district continually develops and modifies curriculum to best meet the needs of its students.
Mansfield ISD offers 37 college-level Advanced Placement (AP) courses for high school students. Students who receive a qualifying score on an AP exam can earn college credit hours before they graduate. Students can begin preparing for Advanced Placement courses as early as fifth grade by electing to take one of MISD’s 31 Pre-AP courses.
The district also has partnerships with local colleges and universities so that students have the potential to graduate high school with an associate degree and lessen their college tuition fees. MISD’s partnerships also grant qualifying students early admission into select universities.
In addition to the opportunity to earn college credit hours, MISD students have an opportunity to graduate high school with industry standard certifications through career classes at Ben Barber Innovation Academy. The Innovation Academy offers 14 programs of study, such as business management, culinary arts, health science, engineering, criminal justice, and more to prepare students for the real world.
Mansfield ISD remains committed to providing an innovative and engaging learning environment for all students. Through the MISD iPad initiative and a vast amount of technology available at the campus level, the district is truly providing students with a 21st century learning environment.
The Mansfield ISD Power Up Program continues to be recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for its groundbreaking use of innovative and inspiring teaching methods. The district’s program launched in the fall semester of 2012 with the distribution of more than 10,000 iPads to MISD high school teachers and students and has since expanded to include more than 4,500 iPad devices for middle school students.
Other special programs are provided in the district on home campuses or through centralized programming, including: gifted instruction, special education, ESL/bilingual education, dyslexia services, AVID (college readiness), and online credit recovery.
Extracurricular: Mansfield ISD students can participate in many clubs and teams in academics, athletics, and/or fine arts.
A variety of clubs and activities are offered, such as: National Honor Society, Academic Decathlon, Student Council, Junior ROTC, FFA, debate, language clubs, robotics, journalism, and much more.
Athletics is available in grades 7-12. Available sports are: football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball, swimming, track, cross-country, golf, and tennis. Athletes also participate in the MISD Athletics Developing Character Program, which includes a 36-lesson curriculum focused on developing individual, teammate, and leadership character.
MISD’s fine arts program includes band, orchestra, choir, theater, visual arts, cheerleading, and drill team. Students can apply for participation in the Mansfield Music Enrichment Program (MMEP), which offers supplemental music lessons with focus on performance skills and the development of the maturing musician.
Safety and Security: Mansfield ISD has its own police department with more than 30 sworn peace officers with hundreds of years of combined service. There are interior and exterior security cameras at all campuses, secure vestibules so that all outside visitors are forced to check in at the front office, and keyless access at all district facilities. Advanced registration systems are also in place at campuses as an additional safety measure. The average response time in calls for service is less than four minutes. The MISD Police Department strives on a daily basis to exemplify its mission statement of “protecting our future by striving to provide a safe learning environment.”
M&O/I&S Tax Rates and Last Bond Passage: M&O: $1.04; I&S: $0.47. The most recent bond package was in November 2011 for $198.5 million to reconstruct schools for equity purposes and maintain the integrity and longevity of existing buildings
Average Home Value in District: $192,750
Selling Points: Several factors contribute to MISD’s ability to attract new families, such as high STAAR passage rates, a highly educated population, and area growth and development (according to a 2015 study by Population and Survey Analysts). As the local economy continues to flourish, positive trends have appeared in the housing market.
For the third consecutive year, Mansfield ISD has won the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award, which qualified the district for the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The Partner of the Year Award is the highest level of recognition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). MISD is the only school district in Texas this year to earn that distinction. Since the start of the MISD energy management program in 2012, the district has saved more than $5.2 million in water, electricity, and natural gas costs. The district’s carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced by nearly 20,000 metric tons.
The City of Mansfield has been included on Money magazine’s annual list of Best Places to Live in America a total of four times, most recently in 2014 as number 17. In 2013, Safewise listed Mansfield as number 18 on the list of 50 Safest Cities in Texas.
District Philosophy: Mansfield ISD is a destination district committed to excellence. The mission of Mansfield ISD is to inspire and educate students to be productive citizens. The values of the district are: students first, continuous improvement, integrity, communication, positive relationships, and resiliency. Read more about the district’s Vision 2020 Strategic Plan here.