DSISD Schools: A tra­di­tion in ex­cel­lence

Guide to Dripping Springs - - DS Schools: A Tradition in Excellence -

Drip­ping Springs has a host of great as­sets, but one of the great­est sell­ing points could be the award- win­ing pub­lic school sys­tem.

Drip­ping Springs In­de­pen­dent School Dis­trict (DSISD) takes up 190 square miles, ex­tend­ing from Cedar Val­ley to Hen­ley and from Hamil­ton Pool to 8 miles south on Ranch Road 12.

DSISD is a 4A Dis­trict, with a stu­dent pop­u­la­tion of 3,425. Cam­puses serv­ing the dis­trict for the 2006-2007 school year are Drip­ping Springs El­e­men­tary School (PK - 4), Wal­nut Springs El­e­men­tary School (PK - 5), Drip­ping Springs Mid­dle School (6-8), and Drip­ping Springs High School (9-12).

Vot­ers re­cently ap­proved a re­cent $28.75 mil­lion bond is­sue to help the dis­trict cope with its rapid pop­u­la­tion growth. The bond is­sue will pro­vide a new el­e­men­tary cam­pus in the Bel­terra sub­di­vi­sion, Rooster Springs El­e­men­tary School, and ex­pand the ex­ist­ing in­ter­me­di­ate school, along with some other cap­i­tal im­prove­ments.

The High School, Mid­dle School and In­ter­me­di­ate School are all rated “Rec­og­nized” and the Pri­mary school is rated “Ex­em­plary.” The Dis­trict and all cam­puses meet AYP stan­dards un­der the new fed­eral ac­count­abil­ity sys­tem through “No Child Left Be­hind.” Rat­ings in both the state and fed­eral sys­tems are based on per­for­mance on stan­dard­ized tests, dropout rates, com­ple­tion rates, and data qual­ity.

The dis­trict has an im­pres­sive record of aca­demic achieve­ment. Ninety-six per­cent of DSISD stu­dents take the SAT com­pared to 62 per­cent statewide. The mean SAT score for DSISD is 1103— com­pared to 989 for the state of Texas.

Ninety-six per­cent of all third graders and 92 per­cent of all fifth graders mas­tered the 2005 Texas As­sess­ment of Knowl­edge and Skills (TAKS) read­ing test the first time.

The cur­rent prop­erty tax rate in the dis­trict is $1.82 (in­clud­ing a Main­te­nance and Op­er­a­tions rate of $1.50 and an In­ter­est and Sink­ing Rate of $.31).

The be­gin­ning salary for teach­ers in DSISD is $33,200. The dis­trict has im­proved its teacher turnover rate from

16.4 per­cent to 10.2 per­cent over three years. The state av­er­age turnover rate is 14.3 per­cent.

DSISD does not al­low stu­dents who live out­side the dis­trict bound­aries to trans­fer in. The only ex­cep­tions are if the stu­dent’s fam­ily has a house un­der con­tract or un­der con­struc­tion to be closed or com­pleted within 120 days, or if the stu­dent is a child of a dis­trict em­ployee.

The dis­trict has a tra­di­tion of ex­cel­lence in ath­let­ics and fine arts as well as aca­demics. Girls and boys ath­letic teams fre­quently make post­dis­trict Sweep­stakes in UIL com­pe­ti­tions. Both in­stru­men­tal mu­sic and choir groups place solo and ensem­ble com­peti­tors

at the re­gional and state

lev­els ev­ery year.

The Drip­ping Springs

ISD en­joys tremen­dous

com­mu­nity sup­port and

has nu­mer­ous part­ner­ships with busi­ness,

civic, and gov­ern­men­tal

en­ti­ties. Par­ent sup­port

groups con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial sup­port to

cam­puses and pro­grams. Par­ent vol­un­teers sup­ple­ment staff

in sup­port teach­ers and

stu­dents. Stu­dents con­trib­ute back to the com­mu­nity through for­mal

com­mu­nity ser­vice op­por­tu­ni­ties.

A blend of school and com­mu­nity make Drip­ping Springs a great place to live. com­pe­ti­tion and vie for state ti­tles. The March­ing Tiger Band has an ex­tremely im­pres­sive record, con­sis­tently earn­ing

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