DSISD 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