Greenville Independent School District serves the city of Greenville in Hunt County, Texas. With a history that dates back to the mid-1800s, the district remains unique with a core practice known as “product oriented education”. Rather than sticking to the typical, traditional methods of teaching, POE is an instructional model designed by Superintendent Don Jefferies that engages students in the learning process with hands-on lessons. Examples of POE lessons may involve such things as racing full scale cardboard boats, building electric cars using lawnmower batteries, or creating wax sculptures.
Students in the district can choose from a number of unique programs, such as Destination Imagination, Suzuki Strings, athletics, media tech, solar car courses, and more than 50 dual credit courses that are offered.
In addition to a regular education, classes at Greenville ISD offer students interactive opportunities designed to develop the whole child. They offer fundamental and sustainable trades and skills that will direct kids into lifelong passions and ultimately their future. Such non-traditional classes include the Culinary Arts, Fine Arts, Auto Body Shop, Suzuki Strings, Horticulture, Vocational Agriculture, Naval ROTC, and Robotics. The district’s robotics teams are known around the world, consistently winning major competitions. Greenville ISD is also home to the historic Flaming Flashes. Founded in 1929, the Flaming Flashes was a military-style dance drill team that performed at all of the high school football games. During its decade-long history, the team would become a precision drum and bugle corps and lead to future dance drill teams like the Kilgore Rangerettes. To this day, GISD remains rich in spirit, tradition, and history.
Greenville Independent School District is made up of ten campuses, which includes the L. P. Waters Early Childhood Center and the Houston Education Center, an alternative secondary campus. Teaching students in grades K-5, there are five primary schools. These include Bowie Elementary, Carver Elementary, Crockett Elementary, Lamar Elementary, and Travis Elementary. Afterwards, students attend the Greenville 6th Grade Center, followed by Greenville Middle School. Secondary students in the district attend Greenville High School, which offers a number of special programs designed to meet the collective and individual needs of each student. Greenville High is home to the World Champion Robowranglers Robotics Squad.
Recently, the city of Greenville passed a vote allowing GISD a $72 million bond to build a new elementary school and career tech center. The bond will also allow the district to improve technology, update security, and renovate campuses across the district.
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