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About LISD

Our district is one of leadership and innovation. We don't follow the trends in education, we set them.

Longview ISD is home to more than 8,000 students and nearly 2,000 employees, with our richly diverse student population reflecting our wonderful city and the East Texas area in general. But our educational offerings are just as diverse as our people, including everything from magnet charter school STEAM campuses to project-based learning.

Recent Accomplishments
  • LISD schools earned 72 total distinctions on state accountability ratings, an increase from 51 earned last year, and the highest in the region. The district also received an “A” grade from TEA.

  • Each year HUNDREDS of out-of-district students transfer INTO Longview Independent School District, citing "education opportunities" as their reason.

  • Starting pay for hourly employees has been increased to $15.

  • International Baccalaureate project partners with “We Help Two” and sells “funky socks” to help supply legs and feet to amputees all over the world.

  • Continued partnerships for innovation with East Texas Advanced Academies, Texas Council for International Studies, and Longview Educates and Prospers, which brings new funding and ideas to public education.

  • Longview Independent School District is among only 15 in the nation to win a 2021 Magna Award from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) that recognizes districts across the country for programs that advance equity and break down barriers for underserved students.

  • The U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best High Schools list ranks LHS as the top campus in the Longview and Marshall metropolitan area, and among the top five campuses in the entire East Texas region.

  • LoboView Film, the high school film students are heading to New York City to compete in Nationals with two students' films. This marks the second year going. They have won numerous awards in recent years.

  • Judson STEAM Academy has earned recognition as a 'Texas School to Watch' by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform along with the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP).

  • We lead East Texas in state TEA distinctions and dual-credit college hours earned, and each year we graduate more students to more prestigious universities than any other district in the region.

  • Longview ISD trustees have unanimously approved amending local board policy to create a "Sick Leave Bank" for district employees that have exhausted their regular paid days off.

  • Four campuses with national STEM certifications (Judson STEAM Academy, Bramlette STEAM Academy, Ned E. Williams, and Hudson PEP).

  • Largest FREE public Montessori school (for 3-to-5 year-olds) in the Nation. Provided free of charge to Longview area children.

  • The prestigious US News and World Report School Rankings placed Hudson Pep as the #2 ranked Elementary School in Texas.

  • A partnership with Ideal Impact has led to a total of $175,408.51 in savings from just two campuses in under 12 months.

  • Partnership with Longview Chamber of Commerce to help foster community partnerships and mentors for Ware students.

  • Graduates matriculating to EMT, Cosmetology, welding, Culinary Arts, Meat and Butchering programs nationally.

  • Award-winning Theater Arts program with a director who has been with the district for more than 50 years.

  • Longview ISD ranked #1 out of 27 school districts in the SGS Network for the 2021-22 accountability ratings.

  • Eight-week Montessori training for other districts in Texas hosted by East Texas Montessori Prep Academy.

  • Horticulture Program harvests its own bee hives to sell honey, wax, and wax products at FFA shows.

  • Numerous students graduate with Associates Degrees before receiving their high school diploma.

  • Raising Highly Capable Kids parenting class in partnership with Longview Chamber of Commerce.

  • Hosted Adjunct Fair for SFA to help employ Adjunct staff in Longview and through Longview ISD.

  • Purchased multiple pieces of strategic real estate, without increased debt, for future expansion.

  • Every year of Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox tenure the LISD budget has been "in the black."

  • Lobo Band continuing their string of 72 consecutive first-level honors at State Sweepstakes.

  • Partnerships in education with UT, SMU, Texas Tech, SFA, KC, LeTourneau, and UT-Tyler.

  • “Playing for Keeps” childcare program for students with children, as well as LISD staffers.

  • LIFT program gave out $1.8 million in staff bonuses for improved testing scores in 2022.

  • Multiple graduates with offers to Ivy League and other prestigious universities.

  • Lobo University to help prepare students and parents for life after high school.

  • Longview ISD middle school students earn "Duke Scholar" honors every year.

  • LISD farm-to-table program, partnering with local farmers for cafeteria produce.

  • Award-winning elementary, middle school, and high school choir programs

  • Only free public K-12 International Baccalaureate program in the world.

  • Summer backpack program to make sure kids get fed year-round.

  • Signing Santa to help deaf ed students communicate with “Santa.”

  • Only International Baccalaureate program east of Interstate 45.

  • Over 100 incoming Freshman applying for dual credit courses.

  • More than 500 LHS students were taking dual-credit last year.

  • Perfect scores on PSAT from Foster Middle School students.

  • State and National Technical Student Association winners.

  • Orchestra offered at elementary, middle and high school.

  • Named 2021 School Board of the Year from Region VIII.

  • More than 30 teachers with national STEM certifications.

  • Wall of Honor honors Veteran alumni and their families.

  • Board lowers property tax rate for third straight year.

  • LHS music students annually perform at Carnegie Hall.

  • Privatized custodial services to save taxpayer dollars.

  • Gold Standard Award yearly for financial transparency.

  • Less than 2 percent dropout rate at Longview High.

  • Class of 2022 earned $4.5 million in scholarships.

  • Award-winning high school art program.

  • Class 6A State Football Champion.

For our youngest students we built a state-of-the-art campus that houses the largest public Montessori program in the United States. Our Montessori program is expanding into the Ware Elementary campus, where it is expected to grow into the East Texas Montessori Academy for grades 1st through 5th. This is an elite, Montessori-style education free of charge to the entire community.

Our district is one of the few school in the United States that offers the esteemed International Baccalaureate Programme, with an increasing number of National Merit and GLOBE scholars. We lead East Texas in state TEA distinctions and dual-credit college hours earned, and each year we graduate more students to more prestigious universities than any other district in the region.

We are one of the largest employers in the city of Longview, and our staffers are among the highest-paid public school educators in the area. In Each year our Board of Trustees approve raises and step increases for teachers, which makes more than ten-straight years such measures have been passed. Our district also offers the LIFT bonus fund for high-achieving teachers and campuses.

Longview ISD believes in excellence for all, one child at a time! We have a high focus on academic achievement, as well as building partnerships with our community. We are truly working to provide a quality education which serves all students in the Longview area.

The district website provides the most current information for our district. If at any point you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact our Community Relations department at (903) 381-2200.