An Overview of Del Valle ISD
Del Valle Independent School District (ISD) serves approximately 9,500 students across 174 square miles of southeastern Travis County, Texas. Some of the areas in this school zone include the capital city of Austin, as well as the communities of Del Valle, Hornsby Bend, Webberville, Elroy, Garfield, Pilot Knob, Montopolis, Mustang Ridge, Creedmoor, and Manor.
The school district currently has seven elementary school campuses, two middle schools, one high school, and one “opportunity center,” which offers alternative education courses and dropout recovery programs so that students from all walks of life have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma.
Del Valle ISD: Past, Present, and Future
The community of Del Valle was founded in 1812 when what is now Texas was still a part of Mexico. The city is currently a suburb of the capital city of Austin. In 1952 the newly-forming district had approximately 600 students. Since that time, several areas of the school district have been annexed and re-zoned to form the current school district, which took the name “Del Valle ISD” in 1963.
Del Valle ISD has seen a number of changes over the past two decades, and it continues to grow and change, especially as the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and several high tech companies have moved to the Del Valle area. In an effort to keep up with the growth, plans were approved in 2007 to move the alternative school and to build three additional campuses, an elementary school, a middle school, and a ninth grade high school campus.
As they plan for the future, administrators in Del Valle ISD hope to continue to follow the district’s mission statement by serving as “the community’s educational leader” by “promoting and providing quality education through innovative programs for all children and community members.” In order to facilitate such community partnerships, Del Valle ISD like many other school districts in Texas participates in a community “Adopt-a-School” program. This program seeks to partner businesses and organizations with individual schools in order to develop community-wide support for the students’ education. The Adopt-a-School Board is made up of parents, business leaders, and representatives of the community, who all work together to facilitate the partnership between the local community and Del Valle schools. Those who are interested in supporting the future of the next generation are encouraged to donate to this program.
Teaching in Del Valle ISD
While some choose to participate in programs such as the Adopt-a-School program, others have come to the conclusion that they can best invest in the students’ lives by stepping into the classroom themselves. Those who are interested in strengthening the Del Valle ISD community should consider applying for a teaching position. Because the district continues to grow, a number of jobs are currently available, especially on the elementary school level. The starting salary for new teachers with a bachelor’s degree is a very competitive $41,850.
For more information about Del Valle ISD and for an online job application, please visit the district’s website:
Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program
Teachers who are interested in teaching in Del Valle ISD or any other school in the state of Texas must have a teaching certificate. Alternatively, an individual with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning can transition to the teaching field by entering an alternative certification program. One such program is the Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program (WCACP), an online program that helps you complete the academic component of Texas’ certification process. Teaching candidates will be expected to complete online curriculum, observation hours and take their certification exam before applying to teaching positions.
To enroll in the WCACP, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum 2.5 grade point average (overall or last 60 hours). Graduate hours can also be considered when you compute your overall or last 60 hours for program admission.
An Overview of Del Valle ISD