About the Katy Independent School District
In Katy ISD, we believe in growing families and growing our community. Our mission is to seek academic excellence for each of our students, and this requires a team of outstanding educators who are lifelong learners, and who have a passion for teaching. We are surrounded by strong community members who invest their time on our campuses. With programs like
Partners in Education, volunteers take a progressive approach with our schools, providing nearly one volunteer per every three children in the district. Our district serves a diverse population of students, with top programs in every grade level. Additionally, we believe in utilizing the latest technology tools as a part of the educational experience for both students and staff. A+ is our middle name! For more information about Katy ISD, and to
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At Katy ISD, we want to meet the needs of each of our students, while providing them with new experiences throughout their educational career. Seeking excellence for each student requires us to have a variety of academic programs, including:
Gifted and Talented/Advanced Placement: Students who are identified for the Katy ISD gifted and talented program participate in Challenge (elementary) and may participate in Advanced Placement/ PreAP (secondary) programs. These programs seek to develop critical and creative thinking, problem solving, independent inquiry, research skills and affective learning. Through the use of rigorous and challenging curriculum,
our program provides gifted and talented students
the opportunity to develop individual interests and abilities.
Special Education: Katy ISD is recognized for the quality of services it provides to students with disabilities. Our Special Education Department provides students with a valuable educational experience that prepares them for the future. Each student has the opportunity to participate in an appropriate educational setting designed to meet his or her individual needs.
Fine Arts: Engagement in the fine arts is an essential part of school curriculum and the educational experience of every Katy ISD student. Fine arts education begins in Kindergarten and continues through twelfth grade. In each elementary school, students are taught by certified, degreed music and art specialists. Beginning in grade 6, at the junior high level, the fine arts courses become elective choices. A junior high student in grades 6-8 may choose to study courses in visual arts, band, choir, orchestra, and/or theater arts. In high school, grades 9-12, students may choose courses in band, choir, orchestra, dance, visual arts and theatre. In all, there are over 60 different fine arts course offerings in the fine arts curriculum.
Athletics: Katy ISD has an extensive athletic program offered by the University Interscholastic League. Since 1997, Katy ISD teams have won state titles in football, girls soccer, team tennis, spring tennis, boys swimming, boys track, wrestling, girl's softball and cross country.
As a premier district in the state of Texas, technology is integrated into the foundation of every campus. The Katy ISD advanced technology program includes computers in each classroom, stationary and wireless labs as well as tablet devices in each school, and a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi infrastructure supported by a dual relay fiber network. Our teachers have access to a digital curriculum management system and student learning platform which coordinates development, delivery and assessment of teaching throughout the District. Parents have 24-hour access to the
Home Access Center and the Katy ISD OnTheGo! App, allowing instant access to their children’s classroom performance and other important information from their campuses. Additional technology tools include: interactive whiteboard systems, sound amplification, document cameras and numerous online resources to support the classroom and anytime, anywhere learning. Katy ISD supports a Bring Your Own Device program for students in grades 2-12, and all staff and visitors to Katy ISD facilities can connect to the Internet via public WIFI. Katy ISD was named one of the “Top Ten Digital Schools” in the nation by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association. The Learning Counsel also recognized the District as one of the “Top Ten U.S. Districts” for excellence in integrating digital curricula and content into their teaching and learning.
Our teachers are one of our most valuable assets. Therefore, we believe in providing ongoing professional and staff development opportunities to help each educator reach his/her full potential. Programs like the
Leadership Academy for aspiring and current administrators, and our
Teacher Mentoring Program, are customized to meet the ongoing needs of our educators. Our mentoring program includes:
Lead Mentors, advocating for the 1st year teacher, providing leadership and counsel;
District Mentors, guiding 2nd year teachers and assisting in individual learning plans; and
Campus Mentors, coaching on issues encountered daily in the classroom. Combined with our
New Teacher Academy, we are dedicated to providing support
and guidance to our teachers throughout the district.
Partners in Education
Katy ISD is surrounded by an outstanding community of business partners and volunteers. Through Partners in Education, we have great programs that truly integrate the community into our schools, including:
School-Business Partnership – In Katy ISD, a School-Business Partnership is a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship created by a business and its partner school. Partnerships are designed to be dynamic, innovative and highly responsive to the needs of both the school and business alike.
KEYS Mentoring – Our KEYS (Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success) program brings adult role models into our schools to motivate, encourage and inspire students on the brink of success. Whether spent playing games, reading or just talking, that one hour a week makes a tremendous difference in the life of a child.
Sister Schools – Encouraging friendship, understanding, and cooperation between students, parents and teachers throughout Katy ISD . . . one volunteer, one school at a time, Sister Schools envisions a district in which all campuses have access to quality volunteer support, where cross-cultural experiences promote understanding, and where people are empowered to effect positive change.
Junior Achievement – Junior Achievement curriculum brings real-life lessons into the classroom on the value of free enterprise, money management skills, career preparation and the role each of us plays in our local and national economy. Our volunteers are trained and given all the materials necessary to present the Junior Achievement program to campuses across the district.
Volunteers in Public Schools – VIPS brings volunteers into every Katy ISD campus to work alongside faculty and staff. Although most volunteers are parents, community members are welcome, too. All volunteers serve through the campus volunteer program as directed by the campus principal.
Promise to Read – This annual reading initiative provides members of our community the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the world of children’s literature, while spending time reading to a classroom full of excited Katy ISD elementary students.
Living in Katy
Located just 16 miles west of downtown Houston, there are great things happening in the City of Katy. Once a small agricultural town, the City has grown to become a destination for families seeking top-notch education, safe neighborhoods and a low cost of living. From master-planned communities to apartment living, Katy has a host of living options for every lifestyle. Katy residents have convenient access to shopping, major airports, renowned medical centers and higher learning facilities. The Katy-area boasts a small-town atmosphere with well-loved local attractions like: Katy Mills Mall, City of Katy Dog Park and Old Town Katy.
Houston Metro Area
Katy is just a short commute from Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S. With neighborhoods Downtown, Uptown, Rice Village and Midtown, the City of Houston boasts numerous activities, including:
The Arts – Houston is home to more than 60 art galleries and numerous performing arts centers, including: Alley Theater, Broadway Across America, Buffalo Bayou Art Park, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony and the Rice University Art Gallery.
Museums – Houston’s Museum District is said to be one of the top cultural districts in the country with more than 18 museums, including: The Houston Children’s Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Houston Zoo.
Sports – Houston is home to a team of great professional sports associations, including: Houston Texans (NFL), Houston Rockets (NBA), Houston Astros (MLB), Houston Dynamo (MLS) and Houston Aeros (AHL).
P.O. Box 159, Katy, Texas 77492-0159