So you’re about to move to a new neighborhood, or you’ve just now moved in. Did you remember to see if the schools were good? Will your child receive the education they need? Finding good schools is an important part of choosing where to live when you have children or are planning to have children. What kind of schools are you looking for when it comes to finding the best place to live? Round Rock is home to one of the best districts in the Austin Metropolitan Statistical Area. Round Rock Independent School District is a Texas Education Agency Recognized public school district. The city of Round Rock is in Williamson County and is part of the greater Austin area.
This district covers all of Round Rock city as well as parts of Austin and Cedar Park. Round Rock ISD spans over 110 square miles, including retail centers, suburban neighborhoods, and farm land. During the past few years, the number of students attending RRISD has grown significantly as enrollment consistently increases by over 1,200 students per year. In 2010, the district gained yet another high school (Cedar Ridge High School), a ninth grade center turned back into a middle school, and Round Rock ISD’s 31st elementary school opened in the Stone Oak subdivision. There are now five high schools, ten middle schools, thirty-three elementary schools and two alternative learning centers, totalling fifty-two schools in the district. Over 77-percent of the Round Rock ISD graduates take the SAT and ACT college entrance tests, and the dropout rate for students enrolled in grades 7-12 is only 1.1-percent annually. For the class of 2014 ACT, the state of Texas had an average score of 20.9, the United States had an average score of 21, and Round Rock ISD had an average score of 23.9! For the SAT scores, Texas had an average of 1432, but Round Rock ISD had an average of 1613. I think it’s fair to say Round Rock is creating a well-rounded bunch of students here in Tarrant County.
The Round Rock ISD has a significantly diverse ethnic base. As of late 2010, the total number of students in the district was 44,781 and the number of languages spoken was 77 (now 79). Also in 2010, the Round Rock Independent School District had 25 of its schools earn the highest possible rating schools are able to get in the state of Texas. This is the “Exemplary” rating, so over two dozen of these schools are top-rated. Round Rock ISD has the highest number of schools with this exemplary rating in any other suburban school district in Central Texas. The miraculous schools who earned this rating include: Westwood High School. Canyon Vista, Walsh, and Cedar Valley middle schools. Spicewood, Forest North, Caraway, Brushy Creek, Laurel Mountain, Fern Bluff, Canyon Creek, Great Oaks, Teravista, Cactus Ranch, Blackland Prairie, Union Hill and Gattis elementary schools. The district as a whole even received an exceptional rating of “Academically Recognized” in 2010 by the Texas Education Agency.
Round Rock Independent School District has many schools involved in the International Baccalaureate Programme as well. Anderson Mill, Chandler Oaks, Caldwell Heights and Spicewood elementary schools participate in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Grisham Middle School and Westwood High School participate in the International Baccalaureate Secondary Years Programme, and Stony Point and Westwood High Schools participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Years Programme.
The special facilities within the district include: Raymond E. Hartfield Performing Arts Center, Technology Center, Central Kitchen, Brushy Creek Complex, two transportation centers, and two athletic stadiums (Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex and Dragon Stadium). There are also programs with specific academic or theme-based focuses geared towards students’ interest and talents. These include: The Academy of International Business and Economics, The Academy of Professional Studies, The Academy of Health Science, and The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts.
Teachers also enjoy this district for the great support, resources, technology, and culture. Round Rock ISD employs over 3,120 teachers, 610 professional supporters, 184 campus administrators, 46 central administrators, 536 educational aides, and 1300 auxiliary staff. Teachers with advanced degrees make up 29% of the teacher population, and the average amount of experience is 10.9 years, so a good majority of these teachers are seasoned and well-trained.
Round Rock Independent School District is focused on nurturing, compassion, truth, happiness, respect, creativity, research and self-actualization. The district provides students with a commendable education, direction and support to inspire every student to find themselves and realize their capabilities while also becoming responsible contributing members of society.
Round Rock ISD is in a beautiful and affordable location, so finding a great neighborhood and home is going to be easy. If you have children or plan on having children, now you know they will be taken care of when it’s time to go to school. They will be given incredible opportunities and an exemplary education.