Frisco Survey Questions ‘Small Schools' Model

Frisco ISD wants taxpayers to help determine the future of the fast-growing district

The next month will be key to determining the future course of direction for the fast-growing Frisco Independent School District.

The results of a recent community survey will be made known on Monday to a committee tasked with evaluating whether taxpayers in the Frisco ISD are still committed to the small schools model at the high school level.

Currently there are nine high schools in the Frisco ISD — Centennial, Frisco, Heritage, Independence, Lebanon Trail, Liberty, Lone Star, Reedy and Wakeland — and a tenth high school, Memorial, is scheduled to open for the 2018-19 school year. The average enrollment at each of those schools is approximately 2,100 students.

By comparison, the nearby Allen Independent School District has one high school — Allen High School — that is the largest in the State of Texas. The freshman building has approximately 1,700 students, and there are 4,900 sophomores, juniors and seniors who attend the other building. All told, approximately 6,600 students attend Allen High School.

The Frisco ISD has assembled a 50-member Long-Range Planning Committee that will serve in an advisory committee.

“As FISD continues to grow, it is important for the district to hear from community stakeholders and reassure that the district continues to build and educate in a direction supported by our taxpayers and parents,” the District notes on its website.

According to one committee member, there are many different directions that Frisco ISD could take with its high school model, depending upon the survey results and the determination of the district. Frisco could eventually have 12 5A high schools, one 6A and 10 5A high schools, or six 6A junior high and six 6A senior high schools, according to that committee member.

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