The mission of Duncanville ISD is to provide each student with the necessary skills to achieve lifelong success and contribute to a global society. The district is also guided by six core values:
Duncanville ISD is home to approximately 60,000 residents within an area of 28.7 square miles. The district serves four communities: the entire city of Duncanville and portions of Dallas, Cedar Hill, and DeSoto. The district currently educates more than 13,000 students at 18 campuses: nine elementary, three intermediate, three middle schools, one high school, and two alternative campuses..
Grade levels are divided into elementary, serving students in Pre-K through four; intermediate, serving grades five and six; middle school for students in grades seven and eight; and high school for students in ninth through twelfth grades.
Duncanville ISD is located in the southwest region of Dallas County along Interstate 20 and Highway 67. Employing approximately 1600, including almost 800 classroom teachers, the district is one of the largest employers in the area. The staff of Duncanville ISD accepts the responsibility to provide a nurturing and challenging environment that engages students and brings relevance to the curriculum.
Through the years, Duncanville ISD schools have continued to achieve high scores on state tests, consistently earning Exemplary and Met Standard ratings from the Texas Education Agency. However, this is not enough. Numerous technological advancements have transformed the way we live, and at Duncanville ISD we are transforming the way our students learn. A Strategic Design Team consisting of teachers, community members, and administrators has formed a new vision for Duncanville ISD. Their work includes The Vision of the Learner and Five Strategic Aspirations.
The district is in the end stages of fulfilling a $102.545 million bond referendum overwhelmingly passed by voters in November 2014. Duncanville ISD has built two new elementary schools, expanding and improving four other schools while upgrading technology, infrastructure and security at all campus facilities. Visit the bond construction website
In spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).The Texas Education Agency released the campus and district accountability ratings in August 2014. Eleven Duncanville ISD schools ‘Met Standard’. Five schools earned distinctions: Duncanville High School earned distinctions for Academic Achievement in Science and Social Studies. Reed Middle School was in the top 25% for Student Progress. Brandenburg Intermediate received Academic Achievement in Reading/English Language Arts and in Math. Hardin Intermediate earned Academic Achievement in Reading/English Language Arts and Fairmeadows Elementary received Academic Achievement in Reading/English Language Arts. The district as a whole ‘Met Standard’. We are proud of the academic progress of our students, and commend our teaching staff for their commitment.
Financial stability has become a hallmark of Duncanville ISD. The financial success of the district is attributed to careful planning and frugal management of funds.
The district has received a rating of “Superior Achievement” for eleven consecutive years under Texas’ Schools FIRST financial accountability rating system. The Superior Achievement rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Duncanville ISD’s financial management and reporting system.
Fiscal transparency is important to Duncanville ISD, and the district has been recognized for leadership in that area. In 2014, Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs awarded the district the office’s highest honor: the Platinum Leadership Circle Award. The Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle Program recognizes local governments across Texas that meet a high standard of online financial transparency. Since 2009, the program has held public officials accountable by giving taxpayers a closer look at where their money is being spent.
In previous years - 2011, 2012 and 2013 - Duncanville ISD received the comptroller’s Gold Leadership Circle Award.
Duncanville ISD received the 2012 and 2013 Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award.
Visit the district's Financial Transparency webpage, click here
2014 Tax Rate $1.41 per $100 assessed value
2014/2015 General Fund Budget ...........................$100,178,587
2013/2014 Cost Per Pupil .......................................$7,463 (Based on Audit 2014)
Quality classroom teachers are critical components in the entire educational process. Duncanville ISD is aware of the many choices facing today’s well-qualified professionals, and attracting and retaining educational professionals is a priority. The need to remain competitive in salary, benefits, and work environment is understood by the Board of Trustees and superintendent, and is demanded by the community stakeholders. The District offers both signing bonuses and yearly stipends for critical need areas such as secondary mathematics, bilingual education, special education, upper level sciences, computer science, and foreign language.
Duncanville ISD has a new hire salary schedule that starts certified first year teachers who have a Bachelor’s degree at a minimum salary of $48,500. The district also provides an annual $1,000 supplement for teachers who have earned a Master’s Degree related to their teaching field.
Number of Teachers ............803.4
Number of Teacher Aides.....139.2
Teachers by Years of Experience:
Beginning Teachers .............11.0%
1-5 Years Experience .........31.8%
6-10 Years Experience .......21.3%
11-20 Years Experience.......25.7%
Over 20 Years Experience...10.2%
One Duncanville High School student qualified as a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist after placing in the top one percent on the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
One Duncanville High School student was honored as a National Achievement Program Outstanding Participant for scoring in the top three percent of all Black Americans who took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
One Duncanville High School student was chosen as a National Hispanic Scholar Student after placing in the top two percent on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)