Region 13 - Dripping Springs Independent School District

About Dripping Springs ISD

Dripping Springs, Texas, often known as “the Gateway to the Hill Country,” is a rural community located in northwestern Hays County, less than twenty miles from the state capital of Austin. Dripping Springs Independent School District (ISD) serves 4,136 students from this area in its three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Of the more than 4,000 students enrolled in Dripping Springs ISD, 83% are Caucasian, 14% are Hispanic, 1% are African American, and 2% come from a variety of other racial and ethnic groups. Being located near the state capital provides the people of Dripping Springs with all the opportunities of living near a large city, but the small student population and rural location allows the district and community to maintain a more intimate and family feel.

A Story of Success

Although the district is small, Dripping Springs ISD provides an excellent education for its student population. The district has the unique honor of receiving a “recognized” rating from the Texas Education Agency’s Academic Excellence Indicator System in the 2006 school year. Only 307 of the 1,033 public school districts in the state of Texas earned this distinction. One of the district’s elementary school campuses even received an “exemplary” rating, while the other schools each received a “recognized” rating.

Part of the key to Dripping Springs ISD’s success is its network of parental and community support. The district’s strong Parent-Teacher Organization and other community-wide programs help to strengthen ties between the educational system and the community of Dripping Springs. Local newspapers keep everyone who is involved informed about current events and activities. This widespread investment in and commitment to education offers students the support they need to realize their full potential. In addition to opportunities they are given to receive a strong academic education, the variety of extra-curricular activities that Dripping Springs ISD provides ensures that students will receive a well-rounded education.

Like many districts across the state, Dripping Springs ISD continues to grow. The newest school campus, Rooster Springs Elementary, opened in the fall of 2007, the same year that voters in Dripping Springs approved a multi-million dollar bond to help with expansion and development. Thanks to the new funds, construction has already begun on improvements in both the middle and high school buildings.

Teaching in Dripping Springs ISD

If you are interested in teaching in Dripping Springs ISD, the district’s website has further information about the district and the hiring process. Administrators prefer applications to be electronically submitted, and the online application is available on the website. As the district continues to grow and expand, Dripping Springs ISD will continue need quality teachers to maintain the tradition of excellence.

New teachers with a bachelor’s degree currently receive a starting salary of $40,250. For benefits, the district offers both HMO and PPO health coverage plans. For more information, check out the district’s website below. There the webmasters provide updated news and information for faculty, parents, students, and other interested parties.

Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program

If you are interested in teaching in Dripping Springs ISD or any other school district in the state of Texas, you must be certified. If you do not have a teaching certificate in Texas and do not have the option of returning to school full-time, the Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program (WCACP) provides an opportunity for you and other future teachers to complete the academic coursework of the certification process over the internet from the comfort and convenience of home.

To qualify for admission into the WCACP, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. Depending on the certification you are interesting in pursuing, you will need either 12 hours in the subject area or you have the option to take the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) for admission.