The Keller ISD's mantra: Intentionally Exceptional. The district covers one of the fastest growing areas in the Metroplex and district enrollment is rising. So far the KISD has earned the good reputation it currently enjoys. The School Board and administration have taken a proactive stance and show all signs of being up to the task of providing a quality education in the midst of growth. In 2014 Keller residents approved a bond package to help insure the future quality of the Keller ISD.
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The Keller School District's 2010 enrollment was around 33,000 kids, more than double the number in 2000. And it's expected to rise to 40,000 students by around 2020. The KISD has dealt with this expansion by opening 22 new schools between 2000 and 2010. Covering about 51 square miles, the district serves the Tarrant County city of Keller, plus small portions of Colleyville, Watauga, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake and Westlake. The largest growth though, is from the N. Fort Worth - Alliance area that spans generally west from the border of Keller to I-35W.
2014 KISD Bond Election Improvements
Home owners in the Keller ISD approved three new schools in the $169.5 million bond election including the 23rd elementary school, a new 5th-8th grade campus modeled after the successful Timberview Middle School program, and the district's second early learning campus. Additional classrooms are to be added at Keller High, Hillwood Middle, Parkwood Hill Intermediate and Bear Creek Intermediate.
South Keller Intermediate will be converted into a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center, while Indian Springs Middle School will be converted into a 5th-8th grade campus to accommodate students traditionally zoned to SKI.
The 30 year old Keller High School will be receiving an expansion and facelift as well as the improved technology infrastructure other district schools are receiving.
In addition to the building projects, the bond package will address the inconsistent feeder patterns throughout the District and balance projected enrollment numbers among the four high schools. Feeder pattern changes are set to begin fall 2016.
Keller ISD residents will not see a tax rate increase. Bids for the projects were already out by December of 2014 with projections that the three-year long rollout of changes would begin summer of 2015.
Feeder Patterns Changing in the KISD
One of the challenges of growth is change. But it appears the change coming with future feeder patterns, expected fall 2016, is a benefit for Keller Students. A move toward the 5-8th grade campuses allows faculty to get to know kids better while mapping out a 4 year agenda. There will also be less divide as students move on to High School, allowing them to stay with the same group of friends and teammates.
District Growing Pains are Inevitable
Keller has suffered growing pains. The district as a whole was rated by the Texas Education Agency as a "Recognized" district as recently as 2009. By 2011 the rating has dropped to "Acceptable", which frankly, is not out of line when compared to other districts of it's size. Everyone likes to rely on district ratings, but it's unwise to count on them to compare schools. Over half of KISD campuses are rated "Recognized" or "Exemplary". The key to choosing the right school for your child should really have less to do with a district's rating and more to do with the campuses he or she will attend.
Keller School District Boundary Map
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I always encourage parents to visit the schools in a new area. Be sure and make the time to get out there and take a look at the schools. I've found they are happy to meet with prospective parents and students. They'd love the opportunity to show you around. Not only will you get a better feel for a school's fit for your child, you'll feel a lot better sending your kids to a school you have more knowledge about than what you can read online or in a brochure. If you'd like someone to tag along, just give me a call. It can sometimes be helpful have third party input. -Cindy
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