Wichita Falls Independent School District (WFISD) serves the North Texas community of Wichita Falls.
The District operates four early childhood campuses, 16 elementary campuses, three middle school campuses, three high schools, and three alternative campuses. The District also operates the Career Education Center, a state-of-the-art facility completed in 2017. Here, students are trained in one of 26 career pathways. Each provides students with a multitude of post-graduation opportunities.
WFISD enrolled approximately 14,000 students in August 2016 and is the largest public school district of the 38 located in North Texas. WFISD is accredited by the Texas Education Agency and is the largest school district operating in Region 9.
Wichita Falls has long been recognized for its annual Hotter ‘N Hell bike race, Sheppard Air Force Base, its friendly atmosphere, a rich tradition of volunteerism, and quick, equidistant access to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex (to the southeast) and Oklahoma City (to the north).
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. The West Foundation, the Priddy Foundation, the Perkins/Prothro Foundation and the WFISD Foundation provide generous financial support that underwrites unique opportunities for students and faculty. These foundations provide classroom grants and fund 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.
Two WFISD schools – Kirby Middle School 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 (now renamed Booker T. Washington Elementary) and Kirby Junior High (now Kirby Middle School), respectively, were awarded the Ronald P. Simpson Award. This bestowed the title “Best Magnet School in America” on each school 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. 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 held by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in the White House Rose Garden.