With a current enrollment just over 9,100 students, the DeSoto Independent School District is a small, suburban district 15 miles south of Dallas. The 23 square mile district serves students in the communities of DeSoto, Glenn Heights and Ovilla with twelve campuses. The district enjoys a small town support of academics and athletics, along with taxpayer support for upgraded facilities, technology and instructional support.
"We provide experiences for young men and women so they learn and practice the values of high academic and professional achievement as well as wholesome individual and civic character."
The district mission, values, goals and objectives are clearly defined. The district and community have bonded to develop a system fo schooling where all students are expected to graduate with character, intellectual preparedness and personal leadership as outlined in the district's Portrait of a Graduate. Every school provides outstanding academic instruction supported by pyramids of instructional intervention, enrichment, behavior intervention and privileges.
2011-12 DeSoto Schools
7 Elementary Schools
3 Middle Schools
1 Freshman Campus
1 High School (separate Alternative Education Program)
- Campuses are maintained at the highest standard for learning to be the "main thing." While we continue to grow and build new campuses, we also enhance existing schools with current technology and facility improvements for security and energy efficiency.
- DeSoto ISD is rated Acceptable by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
- 1 elementary school is rated Exemplary by the TEA
- 6 elementary schools are rated Recognized
- 5 secondary schools are rated Academically Acceptable
- 11 schools received a combined 25 Gold Performance Acknowledgements from TEA
- Growth and Facility Expansion
- DeSoto ISD currently has a modest growth of 100-200 new students per year. In 2005, the community passed a $116M bond that is funding the current expansion of DeSoto High School ($45M allotted) as we restructure instruction into five distinctive career academies similar to magnet schools. Construction will include expanded health and science offerings as well as performing arts and technology.
- Additional funds are earmarked for a new elementary school for the expected growth in the future as well as continued technology investments, security enhancements and land purchases.
- Click here to visit the DeSoto ISD website.