Wichita Falls is recognized for its annual Hotter ‘N Hell bike race, Sheppard Air Force Base, its friendly atmosphere, and quick, equidistant access to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and Oklahoma City. WFISD serves most of the Wichita Falls community, including elementary-aged children on Sheppard Air Force Base.
A hallmark of WFISD is its strong community support from private and public foundations. Generous financial support from the West Foundation, the Priddy Foundation, the Perkins/Prothro Foundation and the WFISD Foundation underwrite unique opportunities in WFISD for students and faculty. These foundations provide classroom grants, funding for student activities and incentives for students and faculty.
WFISD uses its own instructor-written curriculum that was created in 2013 by a team of its own teachers. It continues to be refined and adapted to promote high achievement.
WFISD also offers a newly redesigned Choice Program that provides flexibility to students and their families. In 2014, WFISD board members instituted attendance zones that are paired with assigned secondary schools as well as elementary schools. Students who prefer to attend a school located outside their attendance zone may file a Choice Form. They will then be considered for a transfer to the school they prefer.
Two WFISD schools – Kirby Junior High and Hirschi High School – offer the rigorous International Baccalaureate program. WFISD schools also offer a broad range of Advanced Placement classes. Students have access to the popular dual enrollment program that allows them to take college classes in high school and earn credits for both.
WFISD won acclaim from the Magnet Schools of America Association in 1999 and 2001 when Washington/Jackson Elementary and Kirby Junior High, respectively, were awarded the Ronald P. Simpson Award, giving them the title “Best Magnet School in America” for one year. WFISD schools have also won the federal distinction of the Blue Ribbon Award.
WFISD teachers rank among the state’s very best. In 2009, Southern Hills Elementary teacher Donna Patrick was named the 2010 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year. In 2005, Hirschi High School IB World Topics teacher Sherry Lindemann was named Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. She represented WFISD and thousands of Texas teachers at a formal ceremony in the White House Rose Garden held by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.