The city of Mansfield, Texas is one of eight cities served by the highly acclaimed Mansfield Independent School District. Portions (large and small) of Arlington, Grand Prairie, Fort Worth, Kennedale, Burleson, Venus, and Alverado are all part of the MISD jurisdiction as well. The district currently enrolls more than 33,000 students and continues to grow each year, mostly due to a number of factors and praises attracting new families to the area. For example, MISD has consistently scored a “Met Standard”, the highest possible accountability rating by the Texas Education Agency. Less than 9% of all Texas schools earned academic distinctions in 2015 – that’s about 750 campuses. Three of those campus distinctions came from Mansfield ISD.
That same year, Mansfield ISD outscored state averages in every area of STAAR assessments. More specifically, about 71% of all Texas students passed every subject of the Level 2 STAAR tests – MISD had an overall passing rate of almost 81%.
In 2012, Mansfield Independent School District began implementing the MISD iPad Initiative, also known as “Power Up”. With the program, 10,000 iPads were distributed out to high school students and staff members in order to provide students with a very current and up-to-date learning environment. The immediate success of the Initiative has earned the district a recognition of being an Apple Distinguished Program since 2014. Because of this respected designation, the district has recently extended the iPad Initiative to all middle schools as well. Combining the program with more than 30 college-level Advanced Placement courses offered in its high school campuses, Mansfield ISD students earned 11,389 college credit hours in the 2014-15 school year.
The district currently offers 35 college-level AP courses to its high school students. In addition to that, there are more than 30 Pre-AP courses available to students beginning in 5th grade. Because of this, more than half of all students between 5th and 12th grade were enrolled in at least one advanced course during the 2014-2015 school year.
Mansfield Independent School District is made up of 41 campuses, including: 23 elementary schools (K-4), six intermediate schools (5-6), six middle schools (7-8), six high schools (9-12), an alternative education center (The Phoenix Academy), and the Ben Barber Career Tech Academy. The primary schools in the district are:
The intermediate schools in the district include Icenhower, Lillard, Low, Orr, Shepard, and Cross Timbers Intermediate. The middle schools are Coble, Howard, Jobe, Jones, Wester, and Worley Middle School. MISD high school students attend Frontier H.S., Lake Ridge H.S., Legacy H.S., Mansfield H.S., Summit H.S., and Timberview H.S. District athletics are offered at the middle and high school level. Some of the sports offered include (among others) football, baseball, basketball, tennis, and soccer. Mansfield ISD is home to two football facilities: the R.L. Anderson Stadium and the Vernon Newsom Stadium; as well as the MISD Natatorium, featuring a 24 lane pool with a shallow section for swimming lessons.
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