As the county seat for Denton County, the city and school district has a rich history. In 1882, a $15,000 bond election was passed to finance the construction of Denton's first public school. The structure was three stories and made of red brick. The district has continued to grow – and currently is one of fastest-growing school districts in North Texas.
Denton ISD includes three comprehensive high schools, seven middle schools, 22 elementary schools, two early childhood centers, an alternative high school, an advanced technology complex and other specialized schools and centers. A fourth comprehensive high school, Braswell High School, was approved by voters as part of the 2013 bond package and is scheduled to open for the 2016-17 school year, the same time another elementary is set to open.
In the past 10 years, the district has passed three bond packages – totaling more than $627 million. The support of the community in which the district serves is evident in the passage of these bond packages. They have averaged passing with a 60 to 80 percent passage rate.
Not only does the school district community support outstanding school facilities, it demands excellence in its educational programs. It is truly an educational community where citizens are highly engaged in education – especially with two major universities and a community college within its boundaries.
The higher education facilities include:
The presence of three institutions of higher learning within the district sets a professional learning climate that engages everyone in the community. For example, with UNT boasting one of the best music programs in the nation, the district is one of only 10 percent of school districts nationwide that offers orchestra at the elementary level.
With its huge geographical area of 180 square miles, the Board and district staff work together as a cohesive team to help bridge the gap between these numerous cities, towns, communities and major developments. Those areas include:
Although it covers a large area, Denton ISD's unique small town community environment separates it from the growing, larger suburban school districts within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Denton ISD is able to offer all the programs available from larger school districts while maintaining a small community climate.