College Station ISD
College Station Independent School District (ISD) serves more than 9,000 students in its six elementary schools, two intermediate schools, two middle schools, one high school, and one alternative school. Another elementary school campus, Creek View Elementary, is currently under construction. As of the 2007-08 school year approximately 61% of students are Caucasian, 16% are Hispanic, 14% are African American, and 9% are Asian or Pacific Islanders.
An Award-Winning School District
College Station ISD has been recognized for its academic success on both the state and the national levels. Two of the district’s twelve schools received an “exemplary” rating on the Texas Education Agency’s Academic Excellence Indicator System. Five others were “recognized.” In 2008, 95% of students passed the reading, writing, and social studies sections of the state-mandated Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. Around 89% passed the math section, and 84% passed science. Approximately 25% of students in College Station ISD are enrolled in advanced classes. Of the students who took Advanced Placement exams, an average 87.4% passed. Great staff members, including a regional Teacher of the Year, have led students to these successes.
Outside organizations have honored College Station ISD for its achievements. Two elementary schools were named as Honor Roll Campuses in 2006, and Texas Monthly has recognized three College Station ISD schools as high performing schools. Two national magazines, Newsweek and Expansion Management, have included A&M Consolidated High School on their lists of top high schools in the United States.
Individual students have also contributed to the district’s reputation for success. A&M Consolidated High School boasts seventeen National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists. The district has also received recognition for students’ success in national math, French, and science competitions. In addition to its academic achievements, College Station ISD has excellent fine arts programs, which in the last year have included three All-State Choir winners and two All-State Orchestra winners. College Station ISD’s recognized middle school students include thirty-six Duke Talent State winners and three Duke Talent National winners.
Although the district has achieved great academic successes, administrators in College Station ISD continue to look for ways to improve their students’ education. The District Improvement Plan outlines the long-term goals of providing students with greater opportunities for success through engaging both parents and the community in the educational process.
Teaching in College Station ISD
Although many teachers come to College Station ISD for the strong academic environment, many opportunities are also available in this district for those who want to step up and make a difference in the lives of needy children. Around 30% of students come from low income families, and 31.6% are considered “at-risk.” A small percentage also require bilingual or English as a Second Language education.
College Station ISD has just over 1,300 staff members, including around 600 teachers. These teachers enjoy an average 15 to 1 student to teacher ratio. A number of positions are available, and new teachers earn a starting salary of $37,000. For more information on College Station ISD, including an online application for employment, check out the school district’s website at http://www.csisd.org
The Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program
If you are interested in teaching in College Station ISD or any other school district in the state of Texas but do not have a teaching certificate, the Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program (WCACP) is available to help you earn the certification you need without having to return to a traditional college or university classroom setting. The program, conducted entirely online, allows students to work at their own pace toward completing the academic component of the certification process.
Candidates for the WCACP have a bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited college or university.
College Station ISD