Strong academics and outstanding opportunities for students continue to make Frisco ISD a destination school district for families moving to or relocating within the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As a result, we’re constantly growing – welcoming new students, hiring new staff and opening new schools.
The District has grown 7-30 percent annually since the early 1990s and typically adds 2,500-3,500 students each year. To put that in perspective, consider these statistics: in 1993, FISD had approximately 1,933 students who attended four schools. Today, the District serves more than 56,000 students in 68 schools, with up to eight new schools expected in the next few years. On a percentage basis, no school district in the country grew faster than FISD from 1990-91 to 2010-11.
Building for the Future
To meet the construction needs of the District, the citizens of FISD authorized the issuance of schoolhouse bonds through five referendums in a 16-year period (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2014) for a combined total of $2.467 billion ($118 million, $298 million, $478 million, $798 million and $775 million). These referendums received approval ratings of 95, 96, 89, 72 and 77 percent, indicating the strong support of the community for public education and for meeting the needs of students. With the passage of the 2014 bond program, the District has funds available to provide educational facilities for up to 66,000 students.
As you can imagine, building for FISD’s unprecedented growth requires a blueprint of its own. It involves both long and short-term planning and balanced responsible management of time, money and resources. The District employs in-house demographers, as well as an experienced outside consulting group, to monitor growth in neighborhoods, new construction and population trends.
Demographic updates show that currently 77 percent of land within the District’s boundaries is developed, planned for development or never will be developed because it’s designated park land or green space. Of the 23 percent left for future development, there are fairly specific zoning and future land uses prescribed. Outside demographers project enrollment at build out will be between 71,000 and 81,000 students, with the moderate growth scenario projecting more than 73,000 students by 2026.
As the District plans new schools to ease overcrowding and meet the needs of students, it must also redraw attendance zones, as schools are assigned based on where a student lives. That means families could expect to change schools at some point, or even multiple times, even if they live at the same address. All Frisco ISD schools offer the same quality academics and equitable programming and opportunities for students. Clubs and organizations are formed based on student interest.
By the Numbers
Historical and Projected Enrollment