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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Mesquite Independent School District is an above average, public school district located in Mesquite, TX. It has 40,379 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 43% of students are at least proficient in math and 36% in reading.
3819 Towne Crossing Boulevaerd
Mesquite, TX 75150

Mesquite Independent School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
36%
Percent Proficient - Math
43%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1050
1,560 responses
Average ACT
22
462 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
40,379
Free or Reduced Lunch
75%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,680
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.3%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$12,025/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    63%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$56,074
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,065
National
$949
Median Home Value
$129,100
National
$184,700

Mesquite Independent School District Reviews

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As a woman person of color, Mesquite ISD is very underrepresented. At my high school, John Horn High School, the teachers are 67.1% white, while the student body is 84.9% minority. Many of the teachers do not care about their students. The students who are not in advanced classes do not get proper instruction, get mistreated by the teachers, etc. Not even the advanced kids are safe from the poorly managed staff. Teachers are racist, homophobic, etc., to many students and when they are reported to administration, nothing gets done. As a student body, the majority of us have learned to work through the injustice by ourselves, or stick together with other students. Like many Texas schools, the funding mainly goes to football and band, and it is very apparent in the lack of care through other organizations such as theater or art. The school does have some good though, however. School spirit is generally high, pep rallies are engaging, and school dances are fun.
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I went to Mesquite ISD K-12. I learned so much from all of my teachers, not just in school, but about life. I played sports for Poteet High School and learned not only how to be a better softball player, but how to be a great teammate, a supportive future wife, a better daughter, and an overall better person. I believe any person would be more than lucky enough to attend Mesquite Independent School District, as the teachers, admins, principals, coaches, janitors, SROs, superintendents, registrars, and every single other person employed by the district work tirelessly to ensure that every single student gets a fair and equal opportunity at learning to the best of their ability. It was an honor to graduate top 10% of Poteet High School's 2018 graduating class and MISD will always have a special place in my heart, as it has shaped me into the woman I am today.
I will be entering my senior year at John Horn High School, and I've attended Mesquite schools since Pre-K. Mesquite ISD has done a great job to ensure that its students have the opportunity to succeed and apply what the learn in school to the real world. My freshmen year entering high school, each student was asked to choose an endorsement which is a career path the student is considering taking in the future. I chose public services. Since then, I have been given the opportunity to take numerous health science classes to prepare myself for the future. My junior year, I was accepted into a clinical rotation program offered at my school which allowed me to visit hospitals and assist with patient care for a more hands-on experience. I am grateful that my school has encouraged me and my classmates to begin thinking more about the future and for the opportunities offered to me at Mesquite schools.