Arlington Independent School District

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Arlington Independent School District
Metroplex School Districts Arlington ISD Highlighted.svg
Arlington ISD's location in the DFW Metroplex
1203 W Pioneer Pkwy. Arlington, Texas 76013
ESC Region 11[1]
Coordinates32°42′34″N 97°7′30″W / 32.70944°N 97.12500°W / 32.70944; -97.12500
District information
TypeIndependent school district
GradesPre-K through 12
SuperintendentDr. Marcelo Cavazos[2]
Schools77 (2014-15)[3]
NCES District ID4808700[3]
Students and staff
Students64,484 (2010-11)[1]
Teachers4,124.04 (2009-10)[3] (on full-time equivalent (FTE) basis)
Student–teacher ratio15.39 (2009-10)[3]
Athletic conferenceUIL Class 6A, 5A Football[4]
Other information
TEA District Accountability Rating for 2011Academically Acceptable[5]
WebsiteArlington ISD

Arlington Independent School District or AISD is a school district based in Arlington, Texas (USA).

The Arlington Independent School District covers the majority of Arlington and much of the Tarrant County portion of Grand Prairie. The district serves the entirety of the small towns of Pantego and Dalworthington Gardens. A portion of Fort Worth, Dallas and Mansfield lies within the district; it only contains a wastewater plant. No Fort Worth residents are zoned to Arlington ISD schools.[citation needed]


The Arlington Independent School District is governed by a publicly elected school board. The current members of the board for the 2014-2015 school year are:[6]

  • Ms. Kecia Mays - President
  • Mr. Bowie Hogg - Vice President
  • Ms. Polly Walton - Secretary
  • Dr. Aaron Reich - Board Member
  • Mr. David Wilbanks - Board Member
  • Mr. Justin Chapa - Board Member
  • Ms. Melody Fowler - Board Member

In December 2012, Dr. Marcelo Cavazos was named superintendent of Arlington Independent School District after serving as the interim superintendent for six months.[2]


Arlington High School was the district's sole white high school until Sam Houston High School opened in 1963. The district desegregated in 1965. Lamar High School, the third high school, opened in 1970. Bowie High School served as the district's fourth high school,[7] opening in 1973.[8]


As of the 2010-2011 school year, the appraised valuation of property in the district was $18,762,592,000.[1] The maintenance tax rate was $0.104 and the bond tax rate was $0.030 per $100 of appraised valuation.[1]

Academic achievement[edit]

In 2011, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[5] Forty-nine percent of districts in Texas in 2011 received the same rating.[9] No state accountability ratings will be given to districts in 2012.[10] A school district in Texas can receive one of four possible rankings from the Texas Education Agency: Exemplary (the highest possible ranking), Recognized, Academically Acceptable, and Academically Unacceptable (the lowest possible ranking).

Historical district TEA accountability ratings[5]

  • 2011: Academically Acceptable
  • 2010: Recognized
  • 2009: Academically Acceptable
  • 2008: Academically Acceptable
  • 2007: Academically Acceptable
  • 2006: Academically Acceptable
  • 2005: Academically Acceptable
  • 2004: Academically Acceptable

In 1997, at all high schools except one, the percentage of students passing each section of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) increased. At Lamar the percentage of students passing the reading portion had decreased.[11]


The AISD enrolls nearly 60,000 students making it the 11th largest school district in Texas. It has an annual budget of $508,353,783 and spends $7,937 per year per student.


As of June 2018, its student population is made up of the following ethnicities:[12]

46% Hispanic

25% Black

20% White

6% Asian

3% Multiracial


As of the 2014-2015 school year, the Arlington Independent School District has a total of 76 schools, 10 high schools, 13 junior high schools and 53 elementary schools. The previous information includes alternative schools.

High Schools (Grades 9-12)[edit]

Alternative High Schools[edit]

  • Arlington Collegiate High School at TCC-SE [1]
  • Newcomer Center [2]
  • Turning Point Junior High School [3]
  • Turning Point High School [4]
  • Venture School [5]

Junior High Schools (Grades 7-8)[edit]

  • Joe Bailey Junior High School [6]
    • Bailey Junior high is located at 2411 Winewood St, Arlington, Texas. The school had 834 students enrolled in the 2010-2011 school year. Its school colors are red and white and its mascot is a ram. The student newspaper is called The Ram Page, and the yearbook is called Wild About Rams. The current principal is Tiffany Benavides.
  • Christine Barnett Junior High School [7]
  • Truett C. Boles Junior High School [8]
  • James I. Carter Junior High School [9]
  • J.C. Ferguson Junior High School (Now Closed, Building now houses Newcomer Center and Venture HS) [10]
  • Floyd M. Gunn Junior High School [11]
  • Guy Hutcheson Junior High School (Now Closed, Demolished) [12]
  • Dora E. Nichols Junior High School [13]
  • Emma Ousley Junior High School [14]
  • O.D. Shackelford Junior High School [15]
  • Mayfield Workman Junior High School [16]
  • Charles Young Junior High School [17]

Alternative Jr. High Schools[edit]

  • Turning Point Jr. High School

Elementary schools (Grades PK-6)[edit]

1. 1985-86 National Blue Ribbon School.[13]

Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten[edit]

  • Kooken Pre-Kindergarten School

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Texas School Directory 2012" (PDF). Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Cavazos named AISD interim superintendent". Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Arlington ISD". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  4. ^ "UIL Alignments". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "Texas Accountability System District Ratings for 2004 through 2011". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-25. Retrieved 2015-03-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Brown, Cathy (editorial columnist). "No blackboard jungles despite changing demographics." The Dallas Morning News. Wednesday October 14, 1998. Opinions Arlington 7A. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  8. ^ "About Us". James Bowie High School. Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  9. ^ "Texas Accountability System Summary of Ratings for 2004 through 2011(as of November 2, 2011) District Ratings by Rating Category (including Charter Operators)". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 7 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Accountability Rating System for Texas Public Schools and Districts". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 24 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  11. ^ Clough, Tracey-Lynn. "Four schools post higher TAAS Lamar shows drop in reading portion." The Dallas Morning News. April 23, 1997. Retrieved on November 23, 2011.
  12. ^
  13. ^ U.S. Department of Education, BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS PROGRAM: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2008-04-08

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