Overview of Killeen ISD
The Killeen Independent School District (ISD) currently serves more than 38,000 students in thirty elementary schools (pre-K-grade 5), eleven middle schools (grades 6-8), four high schools (grades 9-12), and several other specialized campuses. During the past twenty years, the school district has exploded in growth. In fact, in 1986 the district served only 20,000 students. Today it covers more than 400 square miles and has grown to become the largest school system between Dallas and Austin.
Demographically, 36.6% of Killeen ISD students are Caucasian, 38.6% are African-American, 20.1% are Hispanic, and 4.0% are Asian. In the year 2006, 1,485 students graduated from one of Killeen ISD’s high schools. Of those, 911 planned to attend college, and nine were appointed to various military academies. These graduating seniors earned nearly $11 million in scholarship money.
In 2007 Killeen ISD was rated overall as “Academically Acceptable” under the Texas Education Agency’s Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS). Sixteen schools were “Recognized,” and one elementary school was even labeled as “Exemplary.” In addition to receiving solid reports from the Texas Education Agency, Killeen ISD also earned strong scores from the Gold Performance Acknowledgement (GPA) system, which studies other factors that are not considered in a school’s accountability rating. Some of these factors include performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests, high scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), attendance rates, and college entrance exam scores. On this scale, thirty of forty-seven possible Killeen ISD campuses received a commended rating in at least one field.
Located near the Fort Hood military base has helped Killeen ISD form a unique relationship that has strongly influenced the district’s development. Around half of the students come from military families. In 2007 the Governor’s Volunteer Award honored the Adopt-A-School program, which developed out of the partnership between the school district and the military base. Killeen ISD also offers opportunities for students to participate in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC), which will help them in the future if they decide to pursue a career in the military.
Teaching in Killeen ISD
With more than 5,800 employees, Killeen ISD is second only to Ft. Hood as the largest employer in the area. New teachers in Killeen ISD earn a starting salary around $40,000, and a number of stipends of various amounts are also available for teachers who coach, direct extra-curricular activities, teach fine arts, or serve as instructors in vocational training. Signing bonuses in the amount of $3,000 are available for those who agree to teach in critical need subjects, such as chemistry, physics, math, or Spanish. Because more than 1,700 students in Killeen ISD are bilingual, teaches who are willing to offer bilingual instruction can also earn a $3,000 per year stipend.
For more information and for an online job application, please visit the school district’s website:
Alternative Certification Options
If you are interested in being a part of the exciting programs at Killeen ISD but do not have a teaching certificate, we offer an exciting opportunity to take part in our Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program (WCACP). The WCACP is an online program that allows future teachers to take the academic courses they need to complete the certification process from the comfort and convenience of their own homes. This program is especially ideal for working parents who do not have time to return to a traditional college or university setting.
To be a candidate for acceptance into the WCACP, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university/college and at least a 2.5 G.P.A.