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Independent School Districts

The state of Texas is divided up into Independent School Districts (ISDs). Williamson Country has 15 independent school districts and over 170 schools. These ISDs operate independently from the state, county, or any other municipality. In Williamson County, each district has it's own taxing authority outside of control form governmental entities. The map below shows the locations of each district. Note that Burnet Consolidated, Thorndale, Bartlett and Lexington ISDs have a portion of their district located within Williamson County, even though their primary area is located in other counties. Districts such as Leander, Round Rock and Coupland all have a portion of their schools in Travis County to the south.

Rating Definitions:

The State of Texas has adopted rules to evaluate the performance of school districts and individual campuses and to assign each district and school a performance rating. According to the TEA Website, "TEA accredits public schools in Texas at the district level for grades K-12. The Accreditation Status, Standards, and Sanctions section of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) states how accreditation statuses will be determined and assigned to school districts. Those statuses are defined as Accredited, Accredited-Warned, Accredited-Probation, and Not Accredited-Revoked. The TAC rules also establish accreditation standards and sanctions, including definitions, purpose and oversight appointments."

Texas graduation rates top the charts

AUSTIN – Texas tied for the third highest high school graduation rate in the country for all students and ranks number one in graduation rates for Asian and white students, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Education. “This state-by-state comparison confirms what Texas educators have been saying for a long time. Our public schools are delivering a high quality education and our students are having great success,” said Texas Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams. This marks the first time all states have used a uniform method for calculating graduation rates.

Charter Schools

In recent years the idea charter schools has been a hot topic. According to the Texas Charter Schools Association, " Public charter schools were created by the state in 1995 to have the flexibility to adapt to the educational needs of individual students and encourage more innovation in education. Public charter schools are free, public options for families to choose to send their student. There is the same academic and financial accountability as traditional school districts. There is no cost to attend. There is no requirement or test for enrollment." Williamson County is home to five college preparatory or special mission charter schools. Harmony School of Political Science And Communication, Meridian World School, Founders Classical Academy of Leander, Gateway College Preparatory School, and Leander Charter Academy.

Higher Education

Williamson County is home to 5 colleges and universities; these higher ecucation centers see the growth coming to and the need that already exists in Williamson County, and have made education a priority for Williamson County residents.

Austin Community College (ACC) has two locations in the WC (Cypress Creek Campus in Cedar Park, and the Round Rock Campus.) Texas State University has two building focusing on teaching, nursing, and business management in Round Rock. Texas A&M has their Heath Science Center College of Medicine next door to Texas State University - Round Rock. Texas A&M has locations in both the Hutto and Taylor East Williamson County Higher Education Centers. Temple Junior College holds classes in the East Williamson County Higher Education Center - Hutto Campus. South University has also opened a campus in south central Williamson County. As the county continues to grow expect more colleges to call the WC their home.

Williamson County is located within an hour of the University of Texas at Austin, Concordia University, St. Edwards University, Houston-Tillotson University, The Art Institute of Austin, ITT Technical Institute, and 9 other ACC campuses.

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Bartlett ISD

Bartlett ISD

The Bartlett Independent School District believes each student to be a unique individual with the potential to develop a high degree of physical, moral and social accountability.

Burnet CISD

Burnet CISD

It is the responsibility of the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District to provide all students with the opportunity to develop academically, vocationally, and socially without regard to race, creed, or economic status. It is the responsibility of the parents, educators, and community members to create and maintain educational programs designed to allow our youth to succeed in the work of tomorrow.

Challenger School in Round Rock

Challenger School in Round Rock

​Challenger School is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, independent private school founded in 1963. They offer uniquely fun and academic classes for preschool to eighth grade.

Coupland ISD

Coupland ISD

There is an average of 1:10 teacher-to-student ratio. Academics are a priority at CISD. Activities for students increase as they reach Middle
School.

Florence ISD

Florence ISD

Florence ISD, founded on a tradition of excellence, pride, and small community values, will educate exceptional graduates to successfully reach their goals and to live their dreams.

Georgetown ISD

Georgetown ISD

With more than 11,000 students as their primary focus, the Georgetown Independent School District is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees. Each board member serves the entire community without compensation for a three year term of office. Elections are conducted annually in May.

Granger ISD

Granger ISD

Granger Independent School District is a public school district established in 1887. The district serves pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade students. Granger High School is classified as 2-A by the University Interscholastic League.

Hutto ISD

Hutto ISD

The Mission of Hutto ISD is to inspire our students to be bold, innovative thinkers who demonstrate character and are academically prepared for an unlimited future through engaged learning and exceptional activities that involve all members of the Hippo Nation.

Jarrell ISD

Jarrell ISD

Jarrell ISD will have high expectations for all students. The district will make every effort to attract and retain the most qualified teachers available who will enhance the positive image of our schools in the community.

Leander ISD

Leander ISD

Leander ISD is a place where care and concern for every student, parent and partnership is at the heart of everything we do. Our Guiding Documents — the Learning Model, 10 Ethical Principles, the Graduate Profile— are the foundation of who we are and ensure that we maintain a great learning environment for all students. LISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state, educating more than 37,000 students at its 39 campuses. The district encompasses nearly 200 square miles.

Lexington ISD

Lexington ISD

Lexington Independent School District fosters a community of life-long learners by providing an environment that builds self-worth, integrity, and respect for diversity while striving for excellence.

Liberty Hill ISD

Liberty Hill ISD

The Mission of the Liberty Hill Independent School District is to develop successful, contributing, responsible citizens.

Round Rock ISD

Round Rock ISD

Round Rock ISD will be a place of nurturing, compassion, truth, happiness, respect, creativity, research and self-actualization. All students, staff and parents will be inspired to become partners in the quest for knowledge.Round Rock ISD will provide exemplary education, guidance and encouragement to empower all students to reach their individual potential and become contributing members of a diverse community.

Taylor ISD

Taylor ISD

Taylor ISD is home to 3,200+ students with a goal of continuous school improvement and student success. The motto is “Relentless in the pursuit of educational excellence” and the vision is that Taylor ISD will be the district of choice as we pursue educational excellence.”

Thorndale ISD

Thorndale ISD

The District is committed to educating our children for success in our ever-changing global society.

Thrall ISD

Thrall ISD

The Mission of Thrall Independent School District is to ensure that every student will develop a work ethic along with the knowledge and skills to become a productive, contributing, and responsible citizen.

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