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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Waco Independent School District is a public school district located in Waco, TX. It has 14,756 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 33% of students are at least proficient in math and 30% in reading.
501 Franklin Ave
Waco, TX 76701

Waco Independent School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
30%
Percent Proficient - Math
33%
Average Graduation Rate
73%
Average SAT
1030
233 responses
Average ACT
22
149 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
14,756
Free or Reduced Lunch
85.3%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$47,710
Teachers in First/Second Year
16%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$11,286/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    57%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$37,735
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$828
National
$949
Median Home Value
$116,600
National
$184,700

Waco Independent School District Reviews

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The district sets the bar pretty low. Unless you go into the district with a high academic level already than the district and most teachers will set the bar low and do the bare minimum and sometimes even less. The primary levels are terribly funded with limited resources not allowing the children to develop to be their best, and only do the most for anyone who is already at the highest levels we can expect.
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I grew up in Waco and you have to do your studying on what school you want to send your child to. If you choose Dean Highland, any school on "southside", or Waco High, you fail as a parent and CPS should come get your kids. I NEVER learned ANYTHING in either of those schools except how to steal, fight, and fend for myself. I also went to Mountainview, Lake Air and AJ Moore Academy which taught me how to make it in the real world since the teachers were actually knowledgeable and cared about children (not just caring about their own paycheck). AJ Moore is, hands down, the best school around and has various classes and electives to choose from. I learned how to fix computers, do college algebra, college chemistry, and their JROTC program is good for those who are looking to going into the military (I was in the real Army at the time so I didn't go into it).
I honestly am conflicted on WISD. They appear somewhat helpful, but the way they are handling COVID-19 might be considered ineffective.