Prosper Independent School District

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Prosper Independent School District
Location
Prosper, Texas
2 [1]

United States United States
District information
TypePublic
MottoChildren First
GradesPK-12
SuperintendentDr. Drew Watkins
Budget56.28 million USD
Students and staff
Students7,060[2]
Teachers466.1[2]
Staff832.7[2]
District mascotEagle/Lady Eagle
Colors          Green & White
Other information
Websitewww.prosper-isd.net

Prosper Independent School District (PISD or Prosper ISD) is a public school district based in Prosper, Texas, United States. Located in Collin County, a portion of the district extends into Denton County.

The high school enrollment is approximately 2,108;[3] the student body of Prosper High School (as of the 2009-2010 school year) consists of 257 freshmen, 249 sophomores, 192 juniors, and 172 seniors. The town of Prosper continues to experience large population growth, and PISD expects to add new schools as the need arises; the land for the second high school is signed off of the west side of Coit in north Frisco south of U.S. 380.

The School Board passed a $710 million bond package in November 2007 and used the funds for upgrades to the existing football stadium, a new elementary school, a new middle school, upgrades to the two previously existing elementary schools, a new transportation facility, a new Agriculture/Small Animal Facility, and a brand-new (opened 2009-2010 school year) $120 million, state-of-the-art high school.

In 2011, the school district was rated "Recognized" by the Texas Education Agency.

Demographics[edit]

Prosper ISD Ethnicity Data 2018–2019[4]
Ethnicity Percent
White 61.0%
Asian 10.4%
Hispanic 12.7%
African American 8.4%
American Indian 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.1%
Two or More Races 7.1%

Schools[edit]

High Schools (Grades 9-12)

Middle Schools (Grades 6-8)

  • Reynolds Middle School (Opened Fall 2010)
  • Rogers Middle School (Opened Fall 2008)
  • Hays Middle School (Opened Fall 2019)

Elementary Schools (PK-5)

  • Baker Elementary School
  • Boyer Elementary School
  • Cockrell Elementary School (Opened Fall 2012)
  • Folsom Elementary School
  • Furr Elementary School
  • Hughes Elementary School (Opened Fall 2016)
  • Light Farms Elementary School (Opened Fall 2015)
  • Rucker Elementary School
  • Spradley Elementary School
  • Stuber Elementary School
  • Windsong Elementary School (Opened Fall 2016)

Former Schools

  • Prosper Elementary School
  • Prosper Middle School (Closed Summer 2008)

History[edit]

In the 1990s, PISD had 2 campus: Prosper Elementary (grades PK-5) and another campus housing Prosper Middle and High Schools (grades 6-12)

In the early 2000s, a new Prosper High School was built, followed by 2 new elementary schools. Along the way, Prosper Elementary was renamed Rucker Elementary.

In 2007, Prosper Middle School hosted 7th and 8th graders in its final year.

In 2008, Rogers Middle School opened, replacing Prosper Middle School; the PMS campus was renovated into PISD's Administration Building.

In 2009, Prosper High School moved into its new $120 million dollar campus, which was -- and still is -- the most expensive high school ever built in Texas.

In 2010, the former PHS building opened after a year of renovations as Reynolds Middle school, housing 7th and 8th graders. With this change, Rogers Middle School housed only 5th and 6th graders.

In 2012, Cockrell Elementary was opened.

In 2015, Light Farms Elementary was opened.

In 2016, Hughes and Windsong Elementary schools opened, which allowed the district to move from PK-4 elementary campuses to grades PK-5. With this transition, both middle schools now host grades 6-8.

In 2018, the University Interscholastic League classified PISD's first high school as 6A;[5] the district plans to open Rock Hill High School in 2020.[6]

Future[edit]

Prosper ISD has yet to build everything promised from the 2007 bond package. Future facilities include:

  • Elementary School #8 (To open in 2018)
  • Middle School #3 (To open in 2019)
  • High School #2 (To open in 2020)
  • A natatorium for Prosper High School (TBD)
  • A new district Extracurricular Stadium
  • A new Instructional Support Center, housing Central Administrative Offices and a Staff Development Center

Any other schools or facilities would need to be funded through additional bonds; the goal of PISD is to maintain all of its high schools in the UIL 5A classification. If High School #2 opens on time, then PHS will fall back down to 5A in 2020. PISD has planned to have 6-8 comprehensive 5A high schools at build-out, and has already designated land in the north and western parts of the district for the next 2 high schools.[citation needed]

Criticism[edit]

In 2018, two editorials were removed from Prosper High School's student newspaper. John Burdett, the principal of the school, claimed that it put the school in an incorrectly assessed negative position;[7] the students claimed that they would be censored if they tried to criticize the school.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2012-14 Official Football and 2012-13 Official Basketball District Alignment, Conference 4A
  2. ^ a b c "2014-15 Texas Academic Performance Report - PROSPER ISD". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  3. ^ 2012 Realignment Ranks
  4. ^ https://txschools.gov/districts/043912/profile
  5. ^ Alex Lessard, Hailey Sutton and Sara Carpenter (2018-02-05). "Prosper athletics ready to make the jump to 6A". Prosper Press. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  6. ^ https://www.prosper-isd.net/domain/3998
  7. ^ Student Press Law Center
  8. ^ Student Journalists Allege Censorship

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