For a family with children, there are dozens of things that factor into the perfect neighborhood. One of the most important factors in finding your forever home is the schools nearby. The home is perfect, but are the schools good enough for my child? A lot of times you get too carried away with the features of the home and benefits of the neighborhood before realizing the schools are not very good. Well, Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District is one that will truly make your forever home a dream come true.

Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District is a public Kindergarten-12 school district located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. This district serves the majority of Grapevine and Colleyville along with small portions of Euless, Hurst, and extreme eastern Southlake (only commercial area). Grapevine-Colleyville ISD has implemented a 10-year strategic plan called LEAD 2021, which stands for Leading Excellence-Action Driven. There are four core objectives that include: preparing students for college and careers, harnessing technology for learning, fostering citizenship and mutual respect, and building community involvement. These objectives are creating a cutting-edge environment where students feel that they matter and are inspired to do better.

In 2009, the GCISD was rated “recognized” by the Texas Education Agency and currently enrolls 13,500 students. The district boasts a 95% graduation rate with 75% of the graduates enrolling in college. The schools in this district include Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage high schools, Grapevine, Colleyville, Heritage, and Cross Timbers middle schools, and Bear Creek, Bransford, Cannon, Colleyville, Dove, Glenhope, Grapevine, Heritage, O.C. Taylor, Silver Lake, and Timberline elementary schools. Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District has 125 digital classrooms now, so many students are beginning to rely less on printed resources such as textbooks and homework on paper and are also able to become independent thinkers. More digital classrooms are to come. GCISD has 11 national Blue Ribbon schools including Heritage elementary for its “No Child Left Behind” policy. Both of the GCISD high schools won spots on the U.S. News and Newsweek’s Best High School’s list. Four of the district’s elementary schools were selected in the 2011 National Center for Education Achievement’s Higher Performing Schools’ List. Only ten-percent of schools are identified as Higher Performing schools by this organization in the state of Texas.

GCISD engages in multiple measures that weigh in on student progress. In latest results, the student composite scores have been significantly higher on the ACT and SAT than state national average scores, indicating a great level of college preparedness. The number of students taking these exams have also increased. Many of the graduates within this school district go on to well-respected colleges, including Harvard and Stanford universities, among many others.

Even the educators of the district are among the best. Some of them have been finalists for presidential honors, some have been invited to attend the Supreme Court Summer Institution, and many have been recognized by peer organizations for excellence. Students of Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District have earned top honors in math and science competitions as well as robotics, debate and speech, music, athletics and many more. Several students have been National Merit Finalists, Outstanding Participants, and Honorable Mention recipients. Cross Timbers Middle School has a future problem solving team named “Got Ca$h” who recently earned the International Grand Champion title.

Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District would not be this successful without the support of the parents, guardians, and the community. The community offers a great deal of help and GCISD has been lucky enough to partner up with the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce. With their help, GCISD is able to offer students the opportunity to join a program called the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) to learn about starting a business of their own and what strategies they can use. GCISD is one of only two Texas districts to participate in the innovative program. The district also takes part in responsibility for the environment. They do this by implementing programs that focus on conservation, recycling and efficient operations. Operations as such include regulating temperatures, sustaining a district wide recycling effort, Green Teams at every facility, no idling signs at all campuses, and monitoring water usage.

With all of this information, you can rest assured that your child(ren) will gain some of the best education in the area. The home looks great, the neighborhood is superb, and the schools are outstanding. There’s nothing to hold you back from getting that forever home in this prime community. Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District will give your child(ren) the education they deserve.