Frisco ISD welcomed students to four new campuses when the 2018-19 school year kicked off on Thursday, Aug. 16.
The new campuses bring the total number of schools in the District to 72, including 10 high schools, 17 middle schools, 42 elementary schools and three special programs centers.
The opening of Memorial High School, Lawler Middle School, Liscano Elementary and Talley Elementary had been delayed one year to save operational costs. The schools opened this year to relieve overcrowding at nearby campuses.
In addition, the District opened its first-ever School of Choice, Bright Academy, which offers a unique style of teaching and learning to increase elementary students’ understanding of global issues, languages and cultures. New programs such as AVID and INCubatoredu will provide even more support and opportunities for students.
“There is a lot of excitement in the air as teachers prepare their classrooms and plan for student learning,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mike Waldrip said in anticipation of the new school year. “I’m eager to see these new programs develop and grow as we continue to enhance student opportunity.”
Frisco ISD hired hundreds of new teachers and support staff this summer to staff the new schools and serve the District’s growing student population. Although enrollment growth has slowed slightly since 2016, FISD continues to add more new students per year than any other school district in the state.
The District grew by more than 15,000 students in the last five years, a number larger than total enrollment in most Texas school districts. In just the last year, FISD added about 2,500 students and expects to enroll more than 60,000 students this school year.
Now the fourth largest school district in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Frisco ISD is projected to add between approximately 1,400-2,100 students each year for the next five years.