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District Overview

Mission Statement

George West ISD nurtures self-sufficient, responsible, life-long learners.  We provide a useful and meaningful education through varied programs and opportunities that honor diversity and deliver a challenging real-life curriculum.

 


District Goals

With our foremost concerns always focused on what we want our students to know and be able to do while with us at GWISD and, ultimately, when they step out into the world of continuing education or work, we annually review and revise our district goals.  Any revision made to our goals are, first, based upon data available that indicates our progress toward reaching our vision and our mission for our students and, second, upon new discoveries crucial to moving our students to higher standards.  All annual objectives provide us with measures to ensure that we accurately gauge our progress in attaining each goal.

  • Goal 1:    All students will exceed educational performance standards.
  • Goal 2:    All members of the school community will be partners in the continuing improvement of the educational system.
  • Goal 3:    A well-balanced curriculum will be taught so that all students may realize their learning potential and prepare for productive lives.
  • Goal 4:    A school climate will be provided that is safe, orderly, and well-maintained.

 


Philosophy

The George West Independent School District and the citizens of this community recognize their responsibility to prepare students for life in the 21st century. The District's goal is to enable students to successfully become tomorrow's adults by giving them the knowledge, skills, and works habits necessary to make reasoned decisions in the ever-changing future. George West ISD is committed to providing both students and educators with the skills to access, evaluate and apply information and knowledge as technology advances. To accomplish its goals, the district acknowledges the necessity of employing qualified and skilled personnel at all levels, as well as encouraging the active participation of parents and community members in decision making and instruction.


Facilities

  • One primary school, grades PreK-3, one elementary school, grades 4-6, one junior high school, grades 7-8, and one high school grades 9-12
  • District facilities provide space for present as well as future student population growth.  The district has passed two bond issues providing for major renovations, new classrooms and facilities, and a new high school.
  • One library on each campus, one main cafeteria serves high school, junior high, and elementary students. The primary campus has its own cafeteria; however, the food is prepared at the main cafeteria and transported to the Primary School.
  • The football stadium seats 2,500 spectators and has an all-weather track.
  • The district has two gymnasiums and a weight training facility available to all students.
  • One band hall, located on the west end of the main cafeteria, is utilized by the high school, junior high, and elementary schools.
  • Ten bus routes transport 500 students per day.

Staff

  • The superintendent operates the school system in accordance with locally adopted policies of the Board of Trustees, rules and regulations of the Texas Education Agency, and state and federal laws.
  • The District constantly strives to maintain a low teacher/pupil ratio.
  • The district employs 179 people; 101 professionals, 45 secretaries and aides, 10 cafeteria personnel, and 23 maintenance, custodial, and bus personnel.
  • Teachers continue to upgrade their teaching skills through scheduled in-service and by working toward advanced certificates and degrees.

Community Setting

  • The Board of Trustees for the George West ISD is composed of seven members.  The George West public schools are divided into seven districts and one board member is elected from each district for a 3-year term.
  • Regular board meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 913 Houston Street.  Agendas are posted for all meetings of the Board of Trustees and meetings are open to the public.
  • George West is located approximately 85 miles southeast of San Antonio.
  • The wealth of the district is derived from farming, ranching, retail business, residences,  and mineral interests.  From these resources, the district generates a tax base of $578,063,927.
  • The average student population is approximately 1080.

Educational Programs

  • The District continually plans for educational improvement in accordance with goals adopted by the Board of Trustees.
  • The District received a "Recognized" Accountability Rating for 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006. and 2010.  The District received an "Academically Acceptable" Accountability Rating for 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.  TEA assigned no rating for 2003.
  • Comprehensive programs emphasizing academic strength in basics are provided to all students.  In addition, Advanced Placement and Honors courses are offered at the high school.
  • Varied electives and vocational courses offer students opportunities to expand their educational plan to meet individual interests and requirements.

Special Education

  • The George West ISD is a member of the Brush Country Co-op, which provides special education services for student ages 3-21 with disabilities.
  • It is the goal of the district to provide every student the educational opportunity to develop his/her full potential.  We recognize that in order to develop his/her potential, an exceptional child must participate in the general education process to the maximum extent appropriate with supplemental support and services he/she may require based on individual needs.  Our goal is to keep the student at the center of our focus as we combine the parents, school, community and related agencies' efforts to provide the most appropriate education for the exceptional child.  Our ultimate goal in the education of the exceptional child is to develop each individual to his/her fullest potential in order for him/her to become a fully-functioning, self-maintaining member of society

Gifted/Talented Education

  • Students identified as gifted and talented in grades K-12 are offered educational experiences beyond those normally provided by the regular school program.  Our district is committed to providing a sequential, system-wide, differentiated educational program for identified gifted students so they may realize their own potential and maximize their own contributions.

English as a Second Language

  • The Language Proficiency Assessment Committees (LPAC) meet on each campus to evaluate language and screening information of student placement in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

Extra- and Co-Curricular Activities

  • The George West School District will compete in Districts 15-2A(football) and 30-2A for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.