Frisco ISD continues to raise the bar for student achievement. Test scores continue to improve and are well above state and national averages. More than 75 percent of seniors take one or more college entrance exams, and approximately 90 percent of graduating seniors plan to continue their education at a college, university, technical school or the military following high school. Each year, graduating classes earn millions of dollars in scholarships to further their education.
In addition to core classes in English, mathematics, science and social studies, the District offers a wide variety of electives as diverse as our students themselves. Students choose from courses in broadcast journalism, animal science, aerospace engineering, 3D animation, pharmacology, sports marketing, video game design and art history, just to name a few. FISD strives to provide authentic, real-world learning experiences in which students can explore their interests and get a jumpstart on a future career. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves in a growing number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced courses. Dual-credit opportunities are available through partnerships with Collin College and the University of North Texas.
Frisco ISD believes nothing is more important than hiring the best people to work with students each day and providing them with the best possible support and resources. Salaries and benefits are competitive to attract and retain the highest quality teaching staff.
In our classrooms, highly-qualified and caring teachers strive to know every child by name and need in order to personalize each student’s educational experience.
Curriculum is written in-house by FISD educators to emphasize critical thinking, writing and problem solving. Rigorous lessons set high standards for achievement and challenge all learners.
Current and emerging technology is integrated into all content areas to extend student learning and keep them engaged in the process. Students and teachers have access to a wide variety of digital tools and online resources and a Bring-Your-Own Device policy is in place for secondary students.
Decisions about equipment, network operations and infrastructure are always made with student learning outcomes and achievement in mind. The goal is to redefine the possibilities of what learning can look like for each student with a particular focus on creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication and digital citizenship.
Employees engage in continuous professional learning and collaborate with their peers in order to evaluate and improve teaching practices and target students’ individual goals. By working together and supporting one another, there is shared responsibility for each student’s learning and growth.
When developing curriculum and planning instruction, educators consider the following questions:
What do we want students to know and be able to do?
How will we know if students have learned it?
How will we respond when they have not learned it?
How will we respond when they already know it?
This approach and reflection ensures the District is constantly evaluating our practices in light of their impact on learning.
Special programs and services are provided in the District on home campuses or through centralized programming. These include Gifted and Talented, Special Education, ESL/Bilingual, Dyslexia, Accelerated Reading/Math Instruction, Credit Recovery and GED.
The District’s Career and Technical Education Center offers more than 30 programs of study for high school students to explore their future, while the Student Opportunity Center provides extra support to help struggling students reach their maximum potential. A free, full-day Pre-Kindergarten program is offered at the Early Childhood School and elementary schools across the District for qualifying families.
In addition, FISD offers a growing number of Schools & Programs of Choice. This includes the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch and Spanish language enrichment at Bright Academy, the IB Diploma Programme (DP) at Frisco High School and the Navy National Defense Cadet Corps at Lebanon Trail High School. These unique learning opportunities are available to students across the District through an admissions process.
Frisco ISD offers art, band, cheerleading, choir, dance, drill team, orchestra and theatre for secondary students interested in fine arts. Some schools are also home to guitar and harp programs.
When it comes to athletics, middle school students compete in basketball, cross country, football, soccer, tennis, track and field and volleyball. High schools also offer baseball, golf, powerlifting, softball, swimming and diving and wrestling. All FISD high schools with varsity team programs compete in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) 5A classification.
In addition to fine arts and athletics, a wide variety of clubs and organizations are available at the secondary level, including both curricular and non-curricular activities. The majority of middle and high school students are involved in some sort of school-related activity outside of the classroom.
At the elementary level, students participate in special programs including physical education for life-long health and music and art for life-long appreciation. In addition, clubs such as Student Council, Green Team and KC (Kindness & Compassion) Club promote leadership and other important life skills.