DeSoto ISD Overview

With a current enrollment of over 8,700 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 ten 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.


Enrolled Students




Student Demographics
African-American: 74.4%
Hispanic: 20.9%
White: 1.9%
American Indian: 0.2%
Asian: 0.3%
Two or more races: 2.3%
Econ. Disadvantaged: 81%

2 PreK- 2nd Grade Campuses
2 3rd - 5th Grade Campuses
2 Middle Schools (6-8)
1 High School (9-12)
2 Specialized Campuses:
Ruby Young Personalized STEAM (3-8)
Katherine Johnson Tech Magnet (K-8)

1 Alternative Education Programs



Students by Program
604 Bilingual/ESL Education
2,593 Career and Technical Education
618 Gifted and Talented Education
832 Special Education



State Ratings 

TEA STAAR Rating – 79 ‘C’

TEA STAAR Rating Growth – Last year, DeSoto ISD grew 12 points on the STAAR Rating system from a 67 to a 79. Only twelve of the surrounding 118 districts had higher growth numbers than DeSoto ISD! 


  • The Collegiate Magnet Program - DeSoto High School students (starting in 8th grade) can earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree simultaneously through enrollment at Cedar Valley College.

  • Early College High School - associates degree program for first-generation college-goers.

  • 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.

  • 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.