About the Arlington ISD

  • Nearly 64,000 students are enrolled in the Arlington ISD.
  • The AISD is the ninth-largest school district in Texas.
  • The AISD is the largest employer in Arlington and the third largest in Tarrant County, with a staff of more than 8,000.
  • Fifty-two percent of secondary students are enrolled in the career and technical education program.
  • Elementary and secondary students identified for gifted and talented services are assured an array of learning opportunities during the school day and through co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Grade appropriate research skills are incorporated in the curriculum through open-ended assignments, providing a continuum of learning experiences that lead to the development of advanced-level products and/or performances.
  • The AISD currently offers the International Baccalaureate World School Programme at Arlington, Bowie, Lamar and Sam Houston high schools.The AISD plans to offer the program in all high schools in the future.
  • Students have the opportunity to graduate with 30 or more college credits through the district's Advanced Placement program; that's the equivalent of one full year of college study.The Advanced Placement curricula include courses in English, math, science, social studies, music theory, art and foreign languages.
  • The AISD and Tarrant County College offer dual-credit choices at each high school. The district covers tuition costs and books for students who take advantage of this on-site opportunity. Students pay a $50 fee per course.This program was the first of its kind in this area.
  • The AISD and Texas Christian University teamed up to strengthen the area’s future nursing professionals. Qualifying AISD students are now guaranteed admission status to TCU and the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • The AISD is home to an award-winning and acclaimed special education program that focuses on academic success as well as the development of life skills.
  • The AISD is home to 22 National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic Scholars.

Fine arts

  • In 2011 our fine arts program was named one of the Best Communities for Music Education for the eighth consecutive year.
  • Thirty students were selected for the All-State Band, Choir and Orchestra.
  • There are 42,000 students enrolled in fine arts classes throughout the district.
  • The Martin High School Symphony Orchestra has advanced to the finals in the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Orchestra competition.


    During the 2010-2011 school year the AISD achieved the following:

  • Four high schools advanced to football playoffs; one high school advanced to regionals.
  • Five high schools advanced to the volleyball playoffs; two teams advanced to the regional semifinals.
  • Six soccer teams advanced to the playoffs; two teams advanced to the regional semifinals.
  • Six high schools had students who competed in the state wrestling tournament; two students won state championships.
  • In track, athletes from all six schools advanced to regionals; six students won state championships.
  • Four high schools advanced to regionals in swimming.
  • Two high schools advanced to state in gymnastics; one gymnast advanced to the national high school meet.
  • One high school team won the American Cheerleaders Association and National Cheerleaders Association National Championship in the large coed novice division.
  • Seven basketball teams advanced to the playoffs; one team advanced to the regional semifinals.
  • Two teams advanced in baseball playoffs; one team advanced to area.

Our teachers

  • Average teacher salary: $52,425
  • Beginning teacher salary: $45,876

Financial facts*

  • Budget: $426,825,153
  • Tax rate: $1.3055 per $100 of assessed value
  • About 46 percent of our revenue comes from property taxes
  • Operating expenditures per student (general fund): $6,591
  • Percent of budget spent on instruction: 68.6 percent
  • Percent of budget spent on payroll: 88.4 percent
  • Percent of budget spent on central administration: 1.4 percent, compared to the state average of 3.6 percent

* This year the AISD is transitioning to a new fiscal year and will only have a 10-month budget.These figures are based on a 12-month budget for comparison purposes.The 10-month figures are available online.