Spotlight On: Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD serves the communities of Grapevine and Colleyville and portions of Euless, Hurst and Southlake between its 21 campuses and inspires, encourages and empowers students to achieve their full potential in a global society. Their mission is to be THE BEST.
GCISD promotes good citizenship and prepares, motivates and encourages each student to reach his or her full potential. These goals are accomplished within a safe, caring, cooperative environment. Students flourish when provided an effective and enduring education. Furthermore, here’s some more information about this stellar public school district:
- Elementary Schools – 11 schools (grades K-5)
Five campuses offer state based pre-kindergarten.
- Bear Creek Elementary
- Bransford Elementary
- Cannon Elementary
- Colleyville Elementary
- Dove Elementary
- Glenhope Elementary
- Grapevine Elementary
- Heritage Elementary
- Silver Lake Elementary
- O.C. Taylor Elementary
- Timberline Elementary
- Middle Schools – 4 schools (grades 6-8)
- Colleyville Middle
- Cross Timbers Middle
- Grapevine Middle
- Heritage Middle
- High Schools – 2 schools (grades 9-12)
- Colleyville Heritage High
- Grapevine High
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD academic programs focus on college and career readiness for all students. Opportunities are provided for advanced studies beginning as early as kindergarten. The district offers Advanced Placement, Pre-AP and Accelerated courses at middle and high school. Gifted and talented courses are also available at elementary and middle school campuses. The schools are also ranked on state and national lists of high performing schools.
Students experience digital classrooms and learn how to use technology to enhance their learning starting in kindergarten. Students also engage in collaborative problem-solving with their peers and participate in problem-based learning to develop critical thinking, promote self-regulated learning, encourage effective communication as well as make global connections. In addition, the district also offers special programs to further meet their needs. These include:
- Integrated focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through the STEM program
- Two-way dual language studies
- Dedicated “Go Centers” at both high schools to assist students with college reason, planning, applications and admissions
- Elementary 1:1 technology initiative and Bring Your Own Device programs at middle and high schools
- Current career studies including health sciences, law as well as public safety, engineering technology, culinary arts, hospitality, business and marketing, finance, computer sciences and information technology and media
- Early college high school in partnership with Tarrant County College Northeast
- Fully online, tuition-free college preparatory school, also known as iUniversity Prep
More than 75% of GCISD students participate in the available fine-arts programs, which include award-winning band, choir, theater, dance and visual arts. Furthermore, fine arts students are invited to perform at special events across the state. Students consistently earn high marks in local, regional, state as well as national venues.
GCISD’s athletic programs offer students an opportunity to explore students’ interests in a highly competitive but nurturing environment. Furthermore, both high school programs and individual student athletes hold multiple championship titles. The district also has 264 sports teams! This is including gymnastics, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, track as well as cross Country.
The district created a strategic plan called LEAD 2021. This stands for Leading Excellence-Action Driven. Four key objectives drive LEAD 2021 to create an environment intended to support and encourage the students:
- Prepare students for college and careers
- Capitalize on learning technologies
- Foster citizenship and mutual respect
- Build community involvement
LEAD 2021 is in its fifth year. One of the exciting new initiatives is the use of technology in the classroom. Every elementary and middle school student has a device on which they can complete their assignements. In Aug. 2016, the 1:1 program also moved to the high schools, beginning with ninth-graders and then progressing to the other grade levels.
Furthermore, GCISD’s teachers and staff are recognized throughout the state and nation for excellence and innovation. Educators regularly participate in national curriculum-writing seminars. Furthermore, they serve on state organizations. They have also presented at state and national conferences. GCISD teachers have an average of 13.5 years of experience. Furthermore, 100% of the teachers are highly qualified with schooling as well as state standards. 33% have also earned advanced degrees.
Furthermore, the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD district has one of the lowest tax rates in the region with the 6th lowest tax rate out of 44 regional school districts. GCISD is also regularly honored for excellence in leadership and business management. Finally, they earned state and national awards for excellence in communications, transportation and risk management.