The mission of Duncanville ISD is to provide each student with the necessary skills to achieve lifelong success and contribute to a global society. The district is also guided by six core values:
- We believe students are our first priority.
- We model personal integrity and ethical behavior.
- We value and respect all students, staff, families and community members.
- We provide a safe, nurturing environment to foster academic excellence and positive relationships.
- We embrace continuous improvement, data driven decision making, and mutual accountability for organizational excellence.
- We believe every staff member contributes to student success
The district serves four communities: the entire city of Duncanville and portions of Dallas, Cedar Hill, and DeSoto. The district currently educates more than 12,800 students at 18 campuses: nine elementary, three intermediate, three middle schools, one high school, and two alternative campuses.
Grade levels are divided into elementary, serving students in Pre-K through four; intermediate, serving grades five and six; middle school for students in grades seven and eight; and high school for students in ninth through twelfth grades.
Duncanville ISD is located in the southwest region of Dallas County along Interstate 20 and Highway 67. Employing approximately 1600, including almost 800 classroom teachers, the district is one of the largest employers in the area. The staff of Duncanville ISD accepts the responsibility to provide a nurturing and challenging environment that engages students and brings relevance to the curriculum.
Duncanville ISD has 8 campuses with 14 distinctions. Distinction designations are awarded for achievement. They are based on performance relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size, grade span and student demographics. Campuses with distinction designations are Acton Elementary, Central Elementary, Fairmeadows Elementary , Brandenburg Intermediate, Hardin Intermediate, Byrd Middle, Kennemer Middle and Duncanville High School. In 2018-2019, Duncanville ISD received an accountability rating of B.
Financial stability has become a hallmark of Duncanville ISD. The financial success of the district is attributed to careful planning and frugal management of funds.
The district has received a rating of “Superior Achievement” for the seventeenth consecutive year under the Texas’ Schools FIRST financial accountability rating system. The Superior Achievement rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Duncanville ISD’s financial management and reporting system.
Duncanville ISD received an award 2012 through 2018 from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting as well as the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award.
To visit the district's Financial Transparency webpage, click here
Duncanville ISD Tax Rate:
2019 Tax Year Rate $1.42 per $100 assessed value
2019-2020 General Fund Budget ...........................$122,760,368
2019-2020 Cost Per Pupil .......................................$10,300 (Based on Budget 2019-2020)
Quality classroom teachers are critical components in the entire educational process. Duncanville ISD is aware of the many choices facing today’s well-qualified professionals, and attracting and retaining educational professionals is a priority. The need to remain competitive in salary, benefits, and work environment is understood by the Board of Trustees and superintendent, and is demanded by the community stakeholders. The District offers both signing bonuses and yearly stipends for critical need areas such as secondary mathematics, bilingual education, special education, upper level sciences, computer science, and foreign language.
Duncanville ISD has a new hire salary schedule that starts certified first year teachers who have a Bachelor’s degree at a minimum salary of $53,000. The district also provides an annual $1,000 supplement for teachers who have earned a Master’s Degree related to their teaching field.
Number of Teachers ............803.4
Number of Teacher Aides.....139.2
Teachers by Years of Experience:
Beginning Teachers .............11.0%
1-5 Years’ Experience .........31.8%
6-10 Years’ Experience .......21.3%
11-20 Years’ Experience.......25.7%
Over 20 Years’ Experience...10.2%
The Future of Duncanville ISD
Duncanville continues to build upon its successes. The programs below have been implemented to ensure success of our students.
Early Education (Pre-K)
Each of our elementary campuses has Pre-K and we are offering full day Pre-K districtwide at all 9 elementary campuses.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Social and Emotional Learning is a process for helping children and adults develop fundamental skills for life effectiveness. This is more than a new trend in education. It’s about better meeting student needs and addressing the whole child.
Duncanville provides students a head start on their careers with the choice programs. These programs start in middle school and lead to 29 career pathways.
Duncanville students can begin taking college courses in High School. The goal of this program is for students to graduate with an associate degree and high school diploma.
National Math & Science Initiative and Texas Instruments Partnership
This furthers our attention on Advanced Academics and enhancing what’s provided to our gifted and talented students. This partnership also better prepares our students for AP classes.