DeSoto ISD Overview

With a current enrollment over 9,400 students, the DeSoto Independent School District is a small, suburban district 15 miles south of Dallas. The 23 square mile district serves students in the communities of DeSoto, Glenn Heights and Ovilla with twelve campuses. The district enjoys community support of academics and athletics, along with taxpayer support for upgraded facilities, technology and instructional. Every school provides outstanding academic instruction supported by pyramids of intervention, enrichment, and privileges.

 By the Numbers
 9,415 Enrolled Student  1,178 Employees
Student Demographics 
African-American: 75.4% 
Hispanic: 19.6% 
White: 2% 
American Indian: 0.2% 
Asian: 0.2% 
Pacific Islander: 0.1% 
Two or more races: 2.5% 
Econ. Disadvantaged: 68.6%
1 Early Childhood Academy (PreK) 
7 Elementary Schools (K-5) 
3 Middle Schools (Gr. 6-8) 
1 High School (Gr. 9-12) 
2 Alternative Education Programs
Students by Program 
575 Bilingual/ESL Education 
2,126 Career and Technical Education 
930 Gifted and Talented Education 
899 Special Education
  • In 2017-18, DeSoto High School Students earned 249 industry certifications.
  • The Class of 2018 had over 800 graduates that earned over $14M in scholarships. 
  • Only area high school that is part of the  TCU Community Scholars program.
 State Ratings 
TEA STAAR Rating - Met Standard 


  • The Collegiate Magnet Program - DeSoto High School students (starting in 8th grade) can earn a high school diploma and an associates degree simultaneously through enrollment at Cedar Valley College.
  • Early College High School - associates degree program for first-generation college goers.
  • International Baccalaureate - Diploma programme at DHS, plus West MS and Cockrell Hill ES
  • iSTEAM3D Magnet Academy at each middle school - 150 students in each middle school will utilize problem-based learning in an open concept magnet environment. 
  • Full-day Pre-K and Dual Language - qualifying and tuition-based programs for Pre-K students in the renovated Amber Terrace Discovery & Design Early Childhood Academy; K-1 students can enroll in dual language classes (taught in English and Spanish) with native learners of both languages combined.
  • K-12 Magnet Programs - each school has a unique magnet academy with a specific focus - including fine arts, medical, business, STEAM, digital arts, male leadership, linguistics and much more!
  • T-STEM Academy - TEA T-STEM Academy for science, technology, engineering and math education across the district; STEAM elementary, middle school iSTEAM3D Academies and DHS STEM programs.
  • Alternative Funding - DeSoto ISD received the GEAR UP Grant worth $7.8M to guide the 2014-15 6th & 7th graders through the first year of college; processes put in place will benefit students across the ISD!  In addition, the district secured $9.6M in QZAB funding for improvements to the district STEM Academy. In 2017, DeSoto ISD was awarded a $15M Magnet School Assistance Program grant for the A2E2 grant.
  • Selective Enrollment - qualified, high-achieving, non-resident students can apply to DeSoto ISD as their district of choice; acceptance based on criteria for grades, attendance, and discipline. 
  • Technology-Rich and BYOD - Through BYOD, computer leasing programs, and technology-rich curriculum, students are learning on state-of-the-art equipment by trained teachers.
  • School Safety - safety enhancements including secured facilities and crisis management procedures for all situations in partnership with local first responders; leadership personnel are trained.