Points of Pride

Points of Pride

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DeSoto ISD continues to explore ways to meet the needs of the students and families we serve.

Here a few ways we have worked to ensure we are preparing them for success:

Two-time State Champion Cheer | World-Class Two-Time State Championship Choir | Two-time Three-Peat State Championship Girls Track Program | Internationally-recognized MicroSociety Program | Competitive Early College High School & Dual Credit Programs | State-, Regional- and Nationally-Competitive Career and Technical Education Programs | Early Childhood Programs | Elementary Honor Society | State-Competitive Dance Teams | Competitive Speech and Debate Teams | State-Competitive Tennis Program |  Student Honor Society |

  • DeSoto ISD saw its largest graduating class in district history in 2018 which was comprised of more than 800 graduates. The Supreme Class of 2019 is on track to be the largest graduating class of DeSoto High School in district history with a graduating class estimated to exceed 800 students.
  • The Class of 2018 yielded eight TCU Community Scholars which offers scholarships valued at $260,000 and covers room, board, tuition, books, and includes a 17-week opportunity to study abroad in one of TCU’s academic programs. ‚ÄčTo date, DeSoto ISD has produced more than 50 TCU Community Scholars and boasts a 100 percent program completion and graduation rate among DeSoto High School students who have been awarded the opportunity.
  • Of the graduates of 2018, 100 percent of district seniors were committed to the Dallas County Promise which guarantees students an opportunity to pursue the first two years of college for free at no-cost to the student or his or her family. The DCP also partners with a few area four-year universities such as Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas at Dallas to provide options for college continuance following completion of community college at a Dallas County Community College District campus.
  • More than 250 Class of 2018 graduates obtained career certifications qualifying them to enter into the workforce with industry-standard skills and training in areas like agriculture, welding, automotive, cosmetology, culinary arts, phlebotomy and certified nursing assistant credentials through the district’s Career and Technical Education programs that provide real-world career experience, training and development.
  • The DHS Eagle Pride Band took home first place at the Bands United Battle of The Band at Kincaid Stadium, 1st place color guard, and 2nd place overall band. The band also participated in the Midlothian Marching Showcase where they competed against some of the top marching bands in the state of Texas. The Eagle Pride Band's performance during the prelims of this contest earned them a spot in the finals along with nine other competing bands. Out of the 18 bands that were in competition, DeSoto placed 10th overall. This is the highest placement that the band has earned at this particular contest in almost a decade.

  • DeSoto ISD’s Woodridge Fine Arts Academy is set to recognize the school’s second class of National Honor Society Scholar this year featuring the campus’ top performing fourth and fifth-grade scholars. National Elementary Honor Society is one of the most prestigious honors that can be awarded to an elementary student. NEHS chapters generally emphasize areas of focus among students which include scholarship, leadership, responsibility, service, citizenship, and character. In addition, DeSoto ISD will recognize more than 130 Duke TIP scholars this year.
  • DeSoto ISD continues to expand public school choice options for parents and families to support the unique goals and interests of an already-diverse body of students through the Academies for Academic Enhancement and Excellence Grant. This five-year grant adds $15M in federal grant funding to enrich district magnet program initiatives. These choice options include advanced academic opportunities, magnet, and special program opportunities, and student demographic diversification and development.
  • DeSoto ISD is proud to announce that the district has been granted continuation funding for the 21st Century ACE Afterschool Program supporting after-school enrichment programming through 2021.  Currently, DeSoto ISD is in its third year of facilitating this federally-funded after-school program which offers free academic and enrichment activities for students in grades K1 through K8.  The grant is valued at $2.9M.
    Under the ACE after-school enrichment program, more than 1,500 district students participated in the free program. Students who participated in the program saw an average 25 percent increase in Math assessment performance;  a 19 percent assessment performance increase in Reading; a 19 percent increase in Science assessment performance; and a 21 percent increase in Social Studies assessment performance.
    The Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program is one of the largest statewide after-school programs in the country. The district provides tutorials for students before and after school, enrichment activities for students to explore science, technology, and the arts. In addition, the district provides activities and training that help families support their students to be successful at school. The overarching goal of the program is to foster each student's academic success by improving attendance, behavior, and academics which lead to grade level promotion, graduation and helping students be more prepared for college and the workplace.

  • The GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, grant was issued a new award in DeSoto ISD this year. The new grant totals $8.2M over seven years.  With the support of the Gear Up grant, DeSoto ISD student performance has increased in science and math and stands to produce additional gains in student performance on the PSAT and SAT.
    The GEAR UP grant furthers the understanding and pursuit of postsecondary education amongst the secondary schools of DeSoto ISD. Backed by several institutions, including The University of Texas-Austin and Texas Instruments, GEAR UP is poised to keep students primed for breaking the low-income cycle by pushing them into reaching their full potential. To date, the Gear Up grant has supported increased early exposure to PSAT, ACT, SAT and NMSQT tutoring and testing leading to improved college entrance exam assessment performance among student scholars in DeSoto ISD.
  •  DeSoto ISD has worked diligently to invest in and expand early childhood programs. The district has expanded the number of students engaged in pre-kindergarten program in the district and has developed partnerships with local childcare facilities to provide curriculum and instruction as well as staff to support student learning at these very early and critical stages of student learning and development. DeSoto ISD Pre-kindergarten enrollment increased by 24 percent which exceeds early childhood enrollment growth for surrounding districts including Dallas ISD.