JISD instructional programs are designed to meet individual needs and maximize student success. The JISD grade alignment includes five elementary campuses with grades PK-6, one middle school with grades 7-8, one ninth grade campus and two high schools with grades 9-12. Curricular offerings include remedial, regular, advanced, and honors courses. Programs for special populations include At-Risk, Drug-Free, Title 1, English as a Second Language, Bi-Lingual Education, Gifted and Talented, Special Education, and Career and Technology Education (CATE).
Career and Technology(CATE)
Through career and technology education, students learn and apply academic and specific job skills required for entry level, mid-management, and entrepreneurial positions. Agricultural Science, Technology Applications, Family Consumer Sciences, Business Computer Information Systems, Keyboarding, Diversified Career Preparation and Construction Trades, Microcomputer and Marketing Applications, and Cosmetology are available at JHS.
Joshua Independent School District provides special education services for approximately 375 students. All students served meet eligibility criteria as students with disabilities who require specially designed instruction in order to receive educational benefit from their instruction. Students with disabilities in Joshua range from ages 3 through 21 years and may be mildly disabled to significantly cognitively impaired. Services are provided to students who are visually impaired from birth through 21 years. The services the students require range from minimal weekly services to self-contained classroom settings. Joshua ISD offers a full continuum of special education services designed to meet the unique range of student needs. The Joshua Independent School District ensures that, to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities are educated with children who are not disabled. The Admission, Review and Dismissal Committee is responsible for determining the least restrictive environment in which a student’s Individual Education Plan is to be implemented. Instructional arrangements/settings shall be based on the individual needs of the student and his/her IEP.
Music (Grades 1 - 12)
Joshua ISD offers a music curriculum that includes general music, vocal music, and instrumental music. Music in grades 1-5 focuses on general music including singing, playing of instruments, recorders, and the basics of music notation. Initial band instruction begins at grade 6 at all elementary campuses. Grades 7-12 focus on music as a performance art. Choral music as well as Concert and Marching Bands (Spirit of Joshua) are also available for interested students beginning in grade 7.
The athletic program offers a wide range of activities designed to develop the total student academically, emotionally, physically and socially while developing exemplary personal habits. Involvement in various school functions is encouraged to assist the development of character and leadership skills. Team and individual sports are offered. They are baseball, football, basketball, cross-country, volleyball, track, tennis, golf, power lifting, soccer, and softball. A new indoor all purpose training facility (MPAC Center), built by the JISD construction staff, is now available for use by various curricular and extra curricular programs.
A wide variety of clubs and organizations are available at the various campuses, including but not limited to social and civic organizations such as Student Council, language clubs, NHS, Teen Leadership, and Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. (NJROTC) Community service, character development and teen leadership are uniform goals throughout all the JISD clubs and organizations.
Guidance & Counseling
The guidance and counseling program provides the means of helping individual students maximize the educational, technical vocational, and personal opportunities they have and can develop. The program offers systematic assistance to aid all students in achieving satisfactory adjustment to school and to life. School counselors are provided at all district campuses.
The JISD Child Nutrition Department is a non-profit enterprise, employing over 60 food service professionals and serving over 650,000 meals per year. (10,833 meals per employee) Breakfast and lunch are served at all campuses. "After School Snack" is available at The Homework Haven and Staples Elementary After School Latch-Key Program. Meals may be purchased with cash daily or through the district "prepay" system, earning 1 free lunch for every single $50.00 customer prepayment. Meal assistance may be obtained through a confidential National School Lunch Program. For more information, please contact the Office of Child Nutrition, 817-426-7500 or 817-202-2500, Option 6.
The JISD contracts with First Student Transportation to operate a fleet of 37 buses, which make 66 regularly, scheduled runs per day, traveling more than 421,600 miles annually. Transportation service is provided to more than 3,290 students daily and approximately 592,200 students annually. Elementary and secondary students are transported via separate routes.