Palestine isd


Located in Palestine, Texas, Palestine ISD has a student population of about 3,289 students who come from various cultural backgrounds. The different ethnicities on campus include Anglo, Hispanic, African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American backgrounds.

Currently the district has 6 schools which includes:

  • Washington Early Childhood Center (Pre K)
  • Northside Primary School (K – 1st)
  • Southside Elementary School (2nd – 3rd)
  • Story Intermediate School (4th – 6th)
  • Palestine Junior High School (7th – 8th)
  • Palestine High School (9th – 12th)

All schools have achieved an Accountability Rating of “Met Standards” from the district. Palestine High School has received recognition for academic achievement in mathematics, and Palestine Junior High School has received recognition for academic achievement in Reading/ELA and top 25% student progress.


The teaching staff of PISD has 252 teachers, with a student teacher ratio of 13:1. For the 2014 -2015 school year, teachers made between $32, 515 – $51,965. Professional development of teachers is one of the top priorities among Palestine ISD; they offer training opportunities that include training for GT, ESL, technology, Special Education Modifications, and more.


Depending on the school, students are issued IPADs, courtesy of the district, to use at home and at school as a tool to complete assignments, study, and for other educational uses. Teachers are highly encouraged to integrate technology into their lessons. Palestine ISD believes that the integration of technology into student’s lives will make learning easier, more effective, and prepare them for post secondary life.

Programs and Extracurricular Activities

The district encourages students to explore their interests outside of academics. For their creative interests, schools in Palestine ISD have clubs and organizations such as Art Club, band, theatre, Piano club and more. Palestine ISD holds events such as their Short Film Festival for the students to show off their work and talents. For students who have more of an athletic interest, the schools offers sport organizations such as cheerleading, soccer, football, powerliftng, basketball, baseball and more. Students who are natural born leaders have organizations such as Junior Youth and Government, Youth and Government, and National Honor Society.

The programs at Palestine ISD have achieved many achievements in competitions and tournaments. Recently, the Palestine ISD Career and Technical Center won a silver medal and blue ribbons for Skills USA. Art students from the district got invited to the state for their art to compete with other student artists around the state. The Palestine Wild Cat Choir will also be heading to a State Competition in May 2015. The programs have also given students opportunities to travel to places such as New York and Rome as a way to enrich minds and broaden horizons.

Wild Cat University

Palestine ISD ensures that their students have the opportunity to continue their college education. Students may take dual credit courses through Trinity Valley Community College and have the opportunity to earn at least 24 dual credit hours upon graduation. In the fall 2012 semester a total of 112 students were enrolled in dual credit courses and earned over 900 credit hours.

Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program

Palestine ISD is always looking for teachers to join their mission in helping their students achieve academic success. To join the Palestine ISD family as a teacher, you can gain your Texas teacher’s certification through our Web Centric Alternative Certification Program. Our online based program will help you start your teacher career.

If you want to learn more about the Palestine ISD family visit their page at



Welcome to the PALESTINE ISD school district detail page. Here you can find information on various school districts in Texas such as: contact information, student, staff and TAKS statistics as well as graduate information. PALESTINE ISD is located at 1007 E PARK AVE, PALESTINE, 75801 in View ANDERSON COUNTY County .

Student / Staff


Student Statistics

Racial/Ethnic GroupNumberPercent
African American 903 26.6%
Hispanic 1,398 41.2%
White933 27.5%
Asian31 0.9%
Native American3 0.1%
Two or More Races122 3.6%
Total Students3,393100%
Eco Disadvantaged2,541 74.9%
Limited English Proficiency604 17.8%
Bilingual560 16.5%
Gifted & Talented98 2.9%
Special Education363 10.7%
Vocational1,072 31.6%
Teacher Student Ratio13.30 S/T



Staff Statistics

Teachers 254 51.72%
School Admin 18 3.66%
Central Admin 10 2.03%
By EthnicityCountPct
African American 26 10.1%
Hispanic 32 12.6%
White190 74.9%
Asian0 0.0%
Two or More Races4 1.6%
By ExperienceCountPct
Over 20 years 43 17.1%
11 - 20 years 65 25.5%
6 - 10 years58 23.0%
1- 5 years59 23.2%
Beginning Teacher28 11.1%


Professional Support 28 5.69%
Education Aide 82 16.62%
Total Auxiliary Staff 100 20.30%
Total Staff 492 100%
By DegreeCountPct
No Degree3 1.2%
Bachelors216 84.9%
Masters36 14.0%
Doctorate0 0.0%
By ProgramPct
Bilingual / ESL 1.8%
Career & Technology 7.5%
Gifted & Talented 0.1%
Special Education 7.9%
Regular 78.4%

Group% TestedSAT AvgACT AvgAbv CriteriaRead ReadyMath ReadyBoth ReadyGraduatedGEDCont.Dropout
African American39.2%988*%45%60.8%35.3%35.3%98%0%0%2%
Two or More Races*%*.%*%*%*%*%n/an/an/an/a
Male Students32.7%110124.3%55.9%53.8%32.7%31.7%94.4%0%4.6%0.9%
Female Students40.2%107822.2%46.7%67%45.5%44.6%99.1%0%0.9%0%
Economically Disadvantaged32%105222.8%43.9%60.3%34.5%33.6%95.4%0%3.8%0.8%
Special Educationn/an/an/an/a4.5%0%0%87.5%0%12.5%0%

All Schools in PALESTINE ISD

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Palestine Independent School District

Palestine Independent School District is a public school district based in Palestine, Texas (USA) that serves approximately 3,500 students in central Anderson County.

In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[4]


  • Palestine High School (Grades 9–12)
  • Palestine Junior High (Grades 7–8)
  • A. M. Story Elementary School (Grades 4-6)
  • Southside Elementary School (Grades 2-3)
  • Northside Primary School (Grades K-1)
  • Washington Early Childhood Center (EE, PK)



Students during the 2006–2007 school year:[5]

  • Total: 3,405 (100.0%)
  • White: 1,311 (38.5%)
  • Hispanic: 1,062 (31.2%)
  • African American: 996 (29.3%)
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 30 (0.9%)
  • Native American: 6 (0.2%)

Grade level[edit]

Students during the 2006–2007 school year:[5]

  • Early Childhood Education and Pre-Kindergarten: 181 (5.3%)
  • Elementary (K-5): 1,579 (46.4%)
  • Middle School (6–8): 720 (21.1%)
  • High School (9–12): 925 (27.2%)
  • Class of 2006 Graduates: 187

Other statistics[edit]


Palestine ISD is led by a superintendent chosen by the Board of Trustees. The board named Dr. Thomas A. Wallis, former principal of Mabank High School, as superintendent beginning in the 2008–2009 school year.[6]

Board of Trustees[7]

  • Mr. Michael Bennett, President
  • Mr. Ricky Ferguson, Vice President
  • Rev. Wade Hobbs, Secretary
  • Mr. Chuck Grissaffi
  • Ms. Dana Staples
  • Ms. Janie Sepulveda
  • Ms. Dyna Tutt


  1. ^ abcdTexas School Directory 2013-14(PDF). Austin, Texas: Texas Education Agency. February 2014. p. 43. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  2. ^ abcd"Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Palestine ISD". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  3. ^[permanent dead link]
  4. ^"2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on October 25, 2015.
  5. ^ abcdef"Academic Excellence Indicator System; 2006–07 District Performance; Palestine ISD". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  6. ^The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas – PISD OKs new chiefArchived September 9, 2012, at
  7. ^Palestine ISD School Board[permanent dead link]

External links[edit]


Palestine Independent School District

For the 2021-22 school year, there are 6 public schools serving 3,415 students in Palestine Independent School District. This district's average testing ranking is 5/10, which is in the bottom 50% of public schools in Texas.
Public Schools in Palestine Independent School District have an average math proficiency score of 48% (versus the Texas public school average of 51%), and reading proficiency score of 38% (versus the 47% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 73% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the Texas public school average of 72% (majority Hispanic).

Top Rankings

Palestine Independent School District ranks among the top 20% of public school district in Texas for:

Highest graduation rate (Top 10%)
Most diverse schools (Top 1%)


2018-2019 School Year Data

District Rank

Palestine Independent School District, which is ranked #659 of all 1,199 school districts in Texas (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-2019 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 96% has increased from 90-94% over five school years.

Students by Ethnicity:

# American Indian Students
% American Indian Students
# Two or more races Students
% of Two or more races Students

Students by Grade:

# Students in 10th Grade:
# Students in 11th Grade:
# Students in 12th Grade:

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $11,952 in this school district is less than the state median of $12,528. The school district revenue/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $11,024 is less than the state median of $12,308. The school district spending/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.
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Palestine ISD Employee Reviews

Administrator of Before and After School At Risk Student Program

TACE Coordinator (Former Employee) - Palestine, TX - July 17, 2017

This program was a Federally funded program. I worked an average day of 6am to 6pm Monday through Thursday. However, due to the paperwork for this Federal grant most days would extend to 8pm at night and most weekends. I had a team of 35 teachers that taught lessons, I organized the activities, observed teacher, kept a budget of ordering materials and salary for teachers. The work place was very stressful due to the principal expectations. The principal was not my boss I was just housed on that campus my boss was at the administration office of the district. The teachers were so willing to abide by all Federal grant rules, listen to my suggestions, and really work with these students giving them opportunities they did not receive during a normal school day. The hardest part of this job was working with principal. She would get involved with the grant and wanted to spend the money in areas that were not acceptable or in the best interest of the program. When I am in charge of Federal funds I take that very serious and abide by the grant rules as well as providing for the students needs in my program. The most enjoyable part of this job was working with the teachers and the respect they showed me and the program. Also working with the students and providing parent nights so parents could come and spend time doing activities with their children that did not cost them. I really enjoyed being on a campus with children.


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Palestine is a city in Anderson county, Texas

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