Lewisville ISD has earned the right to tout that it has 68 of the best schools in Texas. From elementary to middle school and its five award-winning high school campuses, their footprint stretches confidently across Denton County.
But what truly helps them be an educational standard-bearer is they are always striving for exceptional learning environments to serve their more than 50,000 students.
Coming off one of the most challenging school years in recent memory due to the pandemic, Lewisville ISD proved that its administration, teachers, and students would thrive and seek out ways to innovate no matter what. And when you couple that with a diverse lineup of special offerings that help students prepare for the future in ways they might not be able to achieve elsewhere, this is a school district that is primed to have another breakout school year in 2021-2022.
“I think it is extremely important that our students are given the opportunity of a diverse lineup of programs that help them prepare for their future,” said Monya Crow, Executive Director of Counseling and Social Work Services. “Much of this material can be found through partnerships within our community. In our partnership with both Collin College and North Central Texas College, LISD students not only have access to a wealth of dual credit courses through our Collegiate Academy at The Colony High School, but these students have access to earn an Associates Degree in addition to their high school diploma. The coursework that is within our INCubator EDU program, a part of our Career and Technical Education department, prepares students for possible future entrepreneurship and many other business applications that are not typically taught in most high school settings.”
She added, “The resiliency and collaboration of our students, teachers, parents and community at large has been exceptional as we have navigated this unconventional school year. We are very excited about this upcoming fall, and we know our students will be excited to continue working toward a thriving future they create!”
INCubator EDU began in 2018 at Lewisville High School and will soon expand to The Colony High School. It offers an authentic entrepreneurship experience as students develop their own product or service startup. During the year, students learn problem solution identification as they research a project they care about. Next is customer and idea exploration, where the students learn from real entrepreneurs and volunteer mentors and coaches. From here, the students develop their ideas into prototypes and finally pitch their concepts to a selected board to gain real investment dollars for their business.
The INCubator EDU program is just one of a handful of unique programs of choice that makes LISD stand out from local educational institutions.
The Collegiate Academy was rolled out for the 2017-18 school year at The Colony High School. It allows students to simultaneously earn high school and college credit by taking dual-credit courses. Through a partnership with Collin College, students can earn an Associate’s Degree or up to 60 hours of dual credit while in high school. The courses are transferable to most public four-year colleges and universities in Texas. The Collegiate Academy has many advantages, including small class sizes, personal attention from Collin College staff, the ability to begin their college transcript, as well as the cost.
“College tuition costs have continued to rise, so students in our Collegiate Academy are getting a head-start on their college hours and saving money because of dual credit tuition rates with Collin College,” Director of Counseling and Social Work Jill Adams said. “Additionally, LISD has provided books for the Collegiate Academy students so all of this will offset any future costs for their post-secondary education!”
The LISD STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy began at Donald Elementary for the 2018-19 school year and has expanded its offerings to three other elementary schools across the district (Polser, Valley Ridge, and Bridlewood), with the fifth elementary campus opening at Memorial Elementary in the fall. In addition to learning all of the foundational curricula as in other schools, including PE, Art, and Music, the STEM Academy program provides engineering instruction every day for every student. The Academy program also provides an integrated STEM curriculum where students learn content through project-based learning experiences.
Lewisville ISD is expanding its STEM Academy program for middle school students, opening for 6th-graders at Downing, Creek Valley, Hedrick, and Forestwood for the 2021-22 school year.
“LISD is a district of innovation and forward-thinking,” Crow said. “Our administration is continuously exploring new course opportunities for the betterment of our students. Their goal is to help LISD continue its position as one of the top public school districts in Texas. Our district is very optimistic and excited about this upcoming school year.”
For more information, please visit LISD.net.
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