Frisco ISD: Fast Growing, Well Managed and a Benefit to Residents of Craig Ranch

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Meredith Communications

Looking for a new home? One of the first things you'll want to know about is the schools, whether or not you have school-aged children. Much of Craig Ranch is located in the Frisco ISD (independent school district), one of the fastest-growing school districts in the state and the nation. People looking for a home in Frisco ISD will find the Craig Ranch neighborhoods appealing, with several schools within walking distance.

As of Sept. 2010, the Frisco ISD had 37,306 students, representing a 10.1 percent increase over the previous year. With this impressive growth comes responsibility that the district has met admirably. Since 1998, the Frisco ISD has added 45 new schools, opening between two and six campuses annually. The district enjoys strong community support for education and for meeting the needs of students.

The current commitment of the Frisco ISD leaders and community is to build facilities that maintain a small, personal learning environment. Elementary schools are being built to accommodate 700-plus students; middle schools will service 800-1,000 students; and high schools are designed for 1,500-1,800 students.

Every elementary campus has three computer labs with three additional student computers in core classrooms. Secondary campuses have both PC and Mac computer labs and laptop carts available. Teachers have valuable tools online, allowing flexibility to work anywhere a computer is connected to the internet. Curriculum and instruction is designed to challenge all children and sets high standards for achievement.

The student-to-teacher ratio in the Frisco ISD is 14:1. In K-4, class sizes are as close to 22:1 as possible; in grades 5-12, the class size is maintained as close to 25-28:1 as possible. Parent and community involvement is encouraged.

The safety/security systems at existing and new schools allow the use of digital technology and high resolution cameras to capture images at all times in common areas, parking lots, and building entrances to provide a deterrent to poor behavior and serve as a tool for resolving issues for campus administrators. Controlled access and advanced visitor registration systems are additional safety features at schools, and all secondary schools have school resource officers on site, along with parking lot attendants.

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