Richardson ISD

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Richardson ISDPublic Schools

*Information as of 2016

District Name: Richardson ISD


District Size & Class Size: 39,200 students; average elementary class size: 21.5; average secondary class size: 22.6; number of students per teacher districtwide: 15.8

Grade Level Alignment: Elementary, K-6; junior high 7-8; high school, 9-12

Texas A-F Accountability Rating: This district received a B. RISD had the highest percentage of schools earning all three academic distinctions among large districts in Texas.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

> Strong emphasis on college and career readiness

> Schoolwide enrichment model implemented districtwide at K-6, blending gifted instruction and techniques into general curriculum for all students

> Classroom focus on differentiated instruction for each student based on individual learning profile and understanding/mastery of curriculum

> Commitment to smaller, neighborhood schools

> Magnet school options at all grade levels. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) HS Academy

> Wide range of Career and Technical Education (CTE) offerings across many industries, resulting in license and certification opportunities while simultaneously preparing for college

> High community expectations and exceptional community support for schools

> Commitment to classroom instructional technology and student engagement through wide range of co- and extracurricular options

> Strong investment in teachers and staff development for all professional and paraprofessional employees

> Emphasis on school safety and security

Specializations and Program Offerings:

> Full, rigorous district-developed K-12 curriculum aligned with Texas standards

> Gifted and Talented program

> Career and Technical Education opportunities at all junior high and high schools

> AVID College Prep program implemented at all secondary schools

> Advanced Placement, pre-AP, dual credit and AP/Dual credit overlay courses available

> Full range of special education services, including transition program to facilitate workforce readiness and independence

> Bilingual/ESL program

> Outdoor Environmental Studies Center serving all students K-6

> Award-winning economic/government simulation center (Enterprise City)

> Multiple foreign language opportunities

> After-school programs available at all campuses

> Online tools allowing parents to monitor grades, attendance, assignments, and resources, student progress toward graduation, course selection, and college readiness

> All schools uses parent-notification system to share school information, absence notifications, and as needed in emergencies

Extracurricular: RISD offers a full range of co- and extracurricular opportunities across fine arts, athletics, student clubs, and programs. Award-winning band, choir, orchestra, drill, dance, and cheer programs available at all high schools. Competitive and successful athletic team opportunities include basketball, baseball, football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Competitive robotics, academic decathlon, invention convention, destination imagination, and debate are among the popular academic opportunities.

Safety and Security: Strong emphasis on student safety, with best-practice security procedures, training and building infrastructure. Richardson/Dallas police officers are present every school day in every secondary school and in elementary schools as needed.

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

M&O Rate: $1.04

Debt Service Rate: $0.35

Total Tax Rate: $1.39/$100 of taxable value

RISD’s most recent bond was approved by voters in 2016.

Average Home Value in District:  $230,858

Selling Points: Founded in 1854, Richardson ISD has been a premier Texas school district for generations. The RISD community has high expectations for its schools and offers ongoing support. RISD offers students a wide range of quality academic and extracurricular opportunities. On average, RISD students consistently outperform their Texas peers on state accountability and college entrance exams.

With a low tax rate and as one of only three districts to offer a local optional homestead exemption, RISD taxpayers enjoy the third lowest tax levy among the 27 school districts in Dallas and Collin counties. The district’s conservative fiscal philosophy has provided stability through uncertain economic circumstances, with no reductions in teaching staff or classroom support.

RISD seeks to provide a world-class education to students through robust curriculum; student-focused teachers and staff; strong professional development; commitment to facilities and technology; and in partnership with parents, taxpayers, and businesses.

Philosophy: Richardson ISD’s mission is to serve and prepare all students for their global future. Whether students will continue their education in college or are interested in entering the workforce, RISD seeks to equip all graduates with the knowledge, skills, and ability to confidently succeed in whatever path they choose.