Eanes Independent School District (ISD) is located within 31.2 square miles of central Texas, including part of the capital city of Austin. The district serves more than 7,300 students in its six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.
Eanes ISD has recently experienced tremendous growth. The district is currently finishing a new Fine Arts Center at the high school that will serve as an excellent learning resource for years to come. The high school library also recently received numerous renovations.
Eanes ISD has a proud history of academic success. In both 2006 and 2007 the district earned a “recognized” rating form the Texas Education Agency’s Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS). Eight of the nine schools received “exemplary” ratings. Westlake High School is the only 9-12 5A high school in Texas to receive this distinction. In the same year, Eanes ISD also earned eight Gold Performance Acknowledgments. In addition to shining on the state level, the school district has earned national recognition. Over the past few years the U.S. Department of Education has named seven Eanes ISD schools as Blue Ribbon Schools.
Students in Eanes ISD also excel on standardized tests. On every section of the 2007 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), more than 90% of students met the standard. In most subjects, more than 50% received commended scores. On national standardized tests, students from Eanes ISD’s Westlake High School regularly score above both the state and national levels. The average SAT score in Texas is 1481 on a 2100 point scale, and the national average is 1511. Students from Westlake High School average 1758. During the 2007-08 school year, Eanes ISD had twenty-six semi-finalists in the National Merit Competition. On the ACT, Eanes ISD students have an average score of 25.6, significantly higher than the state average of 20.5 and the national average of 21.2. Students from Westlake High School have consistently performed well on Advanced Placement exams. In 2007, 82% of the more than 2,300 tests taken by Eanes ISD students received at least a 3, the typical minimum score needed for earning college credit.
A Great Place to Teach
Eanes ISD’s proud successes are only made possible thanks to the great community of hard-working teachers who are dedicated to their students’ education. Several teachers have been recognized on the state or national level for their accomplishments.
If you are interested in being a part of the Eanes ISD success story, full-time teaching positions are available. The starting salary for new teachers with a bachelor’s degree is $37,500. Stipends are available to those who agree to lead extra-curricular activities. Those who teach courses in high-demand subjects such as special education, foreign language, math, and science can also have some of their school loans forgiven.
Besides offering one of the highest salaries in central Texas and traditional medical benefits, Eanes ISD also provides teachers with a wide variety of other benefits. Employees’ children, even if they live outside of the district, can attend school there for free. For those who are too young to attend elementary school, the district provides quality, affordable early childhood care. Elementary schools also offer after-school programs for Eanes ISD children, including employees’ kids. A mentorship program for new teachers helps them develop their teaching skills.
The community also offers support to Eanes ISD teachers. Bank of America offers district employees special options for their banking, and GMAC also offers them significant savings on their mortgages. District employees and their families can also enjoy a membership to Gold’s Gym.
For more information and a job application, visit Eanes ISD’s comprehensive website:
Online Teacher Certification Program
If you would like to teach in Eanes ISD or any other school in Texas, the Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program (WCACP) provides future teachers with the opportunity to complete the academic portion of the certification process from home over the Internet. The main portion of the online curriculum can be completed within 3-4 months. Additional coursework and projects will be required during your one-year teaching internship.
Only a few requirements have to be met to be able to become a teacher in Eanes ISD:
1. Pass your state mandated certification exam
2. Complete 30 hours of observations
3. Complete Module 1 in the online curriculum