New On-Site School Opening Fall 2014
The Tribute is excited to announce Little Elm ISD’s K-8 STEM Academy that will be opening on-site at The Tribute in the fall of 2014. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math focused curriculum is the first K-8 public school of its kind in the Metroplex. Click here to learn more about this exciting new school.
From Little Elm ISD: Our Mission
The mission of Little Elm Independent School District, as a premier school system, is to educate and prepare all students to adapt and excel in a competitive global community through partnerships and programs that facilitate academic excellence within a secure and supportive learning environment.
The Little Elm Independent School District encompasses 40 square miles in the southeast corner of Denton County on the north end of Lake Lewisville. Our district is one of the fastest growing districts in the State of Texas. We serve students who reside in the communities of Little Elm, Frisco, Hackberry, Lakewood Village, The Colony, and Oak Point.
Geographically, we have 23 miles of shoreline on Lewisville Lake, so our community is fortunate to have plenty of scenic lakefront property. The community maintains a “small town” feeling, yet because of our close proximity to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, our teachers and students have access to the same resources as many large communities.
The district is currently rated “Recognized” by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). In addition, more than 50% of the schools in the district have attained “Exemplary” status, including Hackberry Elementary School – currently serving residents of The Tribute until the K-8 STEM Academy opens in the fall of 2015.
Enrollment and Facilities
The district maintains over $132 million in school facilities owned by the local taxpayers. The majority of our schools and facilities have been built or completely renovated within the last five years.
6,344 students were enrolled during the 2011 – 2012 school year.
Little Elm High School (9-12)
Lakeside Middle School (6-8)
Brent Elementary School (K-5)
Cesar Chavez Elementary School (K-5)
Hackberry Elementary School (K-5)
Lakeview Elementary School (K-5)
Oak Point Elementary (K-5)
Hershel Zellars Elementary School (K-5)
King Early Learning Academy (Early Intervention and Employee Childcare Center)
More Projects Remain
The remaining large projects from a Capital Improvements Plan voters approved in 2002 include the district’s second junior high school and a maintenance/ transportation facility. A 55,607-square-foot academic expansion, including new science, engineering, and computer labs, recently brought our potential capacity to 2,200 students.
The wing on the south side or front of the campus includes 26 more general education classrooms, four science labs, three computer labs, one language lab, two adult learning labs, storage, and office space.
As a by-product of the new academic addition to Little Elm High School, faculty members received Apple laptop computers for use in their classrooms. Rather than adding more stationary computers in each classroom, the district issued teachers MacBooks for professional use.
The district hopes the change in platform will inspire more student-created projects and that teachers will ensure that technology is integrated into the curriculum.
In addition to laptops for classroom teachers, LEHS has two Apple labs, a set of 30 MacBooks for the Marketing Department and 14 MacMini computers for the digital graphics classes. The school will also be seeking certification for students who wish to work with Apple’s Final Cut.
All told, LEHS has 540 computers and 15 computer labs throughout the building.
Teachers’ Years of Experience
|1-5 Years of Experience||37%|
|6-10 Years of Experience||25%|
|11-20 Years of Experience||20%|
|20+ Years of Experience||10%|
|Average Years of
Per state law, transportation is available for children who live more than two miles from their attendance zone school. LEISD collaborates with Durham School Services to travel more than 336,540 miles. Pre-kindergarten and special education students are eligible for transportation once need is established.
College and Career Focused
As the district works daily to keep pace with the influx of new students and to enhance academics, achievement levels have increased steadily, and financial stability has become the standard.
College and career awareness and preparation for all students have become a key area of emphasis for the district. Gifted and talented programs begin in kindergarten and transition through to sixth grade when students enroll in a host of accelerated courses.
Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) courses start at the intermediate school with mathematics and English/language arts, social studies, and science. At Lakeside Middle School, students may enroll in Pre-AP courses in English/language arts, science, Texas history, biology, US history, and algebra. The number of Little Elm High School students enrolled in an Advanced Placement and Dual Credit course during the past three years has dramatically increased. As an incentive, the district offers tuition reimbursement for students who enroll and complete the class. Through a partnership with the Little Elm Awards Foundation (LEAF), students may also receive scholarships for tuition and reimbursement for books and supplies.
Little Elm High School is one of only 79 schools in Texas and 15 in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex honored with the “College Readiness Award” for increasing the number of students taking the ACT assessment over the past five years and significantly increasing their level of academic achievement and college readiness from ACT, Inc.
Hackberry Elementary School offers the district’s first dual language classrooms. Students comprised of both native English speakers and native Spanish speakers cover the standard curriculum while learning to read and write in both languages. The program’s goal is to grow learners who are bilingual and biliterate.
LEISD has also developed a strong partnership with North Central Texas College (NCTC), including having Little Elm High School serve as a satellite campus for high school students and the community. Students and community members may attend evening and weekend classes to begin work on an associate’s degree only minutes from home.
Through our partnership with Texas Woman’s University, LEHS has the “Go Center,” an on-campus center to focus on college-prep and college entrance. At the center, students can map out their college career with the assistance of student volunteers from TWU who give a valuable firsthand perspective of student life. Career and technology offerings at LEHS are increasing each year. Through “Project Lead the Way,” students may enter an engineering program to take a prescribed number and coherent sequence of math, science, technology, and other courses that fit into pre-determined engineering/high tech fields of study. The Rochester Institute of Technology provides dual credit for four hours of credit with this program.
In addition, Health Sciences, Criminal Justice, Business, Technology, and Media Production programs are available to LEHS students for career-specific preparation.