Award Year 2014
- Black/African American: 2%
- White: 62%
- Hispanic: 36%
- ELL: 4%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 62%
Avalon ISD is a rural school district in southern Ellis County, Texas. Serving grades PK3-12, Avalon ISD has been listed by the Texas Education Agency as a "Recognized" school district for seven consecutive years, 2006-2012. Avalon school is ingrained within the community and believes that this partnership is vital to the success it has experienced. Its journey to this time in the school’s history has been one of honest self-discovery.
Twelve years ago, the district received a rating of Low Performing by the Texas Education Agency. Although based on one subject area, this setback brought forth a district-wide evaluation of the overall educational program. The school developed a connection and a relevance to what the children saw happening in the classroom and understood that they had to believe that it was important. Connected to that idea was the fervent belief of the students in their own abilities.
The school believes that its children deserve a rigorous program of learning and deserve the opportunity to see all of the things they can do and of which they dream. It seeks out new educational programs, professional development and embraces the motto of, "Together We Make A Difference." The school steps beyond the rhetoric of philosophy and works toward the actual application of those beliefs. The school, parents and community are a team in this journey. The team does not just say "You can do it!" It takes them to those places where they can proudly say themselves - "I can do it!"