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Abilene Independent School District, Abilene, Texas


Advanced classes

48 Pre-AP and AP courses available starting in the 6th grade.



  • Academy of Technology, Engineering, and Science (ATEMS), a four-year new tech high school located at Texas State TechnicalCollege.

  • Holland Medical High School, a health science campus featuring nursing, pharmacy, and other medical courses located at Hardin-Simmons University.

  • McMurry Magnet School, a 5th grade program with emphasized instruction in math and science located at McMurry University.

  • Abilene Education Foundation, a local non-profit organization that has awarded more than $250,000 in innovative teaching grants and thousands of dollars in student scholarships.


The highest academic performance among urban school districts in West Texas and the only public school district in the Big Country for the past five years to have National Merit finalists. One hundred percent of campuses are rated Acceptable or better.


Dynamic programs

  • Fine arts opportunities in art, band, choir, orchestra and theater.

  • Athletic programs for boys and girls in 13 different sports.

  • Career and technology courses of study in 16 different career clusters.

  • Early College opportunities for dual credit at four local universities.

  • Two award-winning Air Force JROTC units.

  • One of only 15 school districts in Texas to boast a state-of-the-art Planetarium


ROTC Color Guard
ROTC presents Colors at 
AHS vs CHS game 

ahs chs football
                                                             AHS vs CHS Football                                                              

 AP students receive awards
AP Students Receive Checks for Passing Tests
McMurry Magnet Students
McMurry Magnet students experiment
Holland medical image
Medical Magnet on the HSU campus

ATEMS Magnet billboard
New Tech School at TSTC

Orchestra Concert
Orchestra students perform

AHS vs CHS girls soccer
AHS vs CHS Soccer

AEF Young Artists group photo  
AEF Young Artist Participants 




Abilene ISD has two traditional high schools, a STEM academy high school, analternative high school for at-risk students and a medical magnet program. AISD has four middle schools, 15 elementary schools, and one alternative placement campus.

All 22 of Abilene ISD’s traditional campuses received the state’s highest academic ranking in 2013. In addition, campuses earned 24 Distinctive Designations for Math, Reading, and Top 25% Student Progress categories. A total of four AISD students were named 2014 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, the most in the Big Country.

Abilene ISD’s ethnic composition is 42% Hispanic, 40% Anglo, 12% African American, 3% two or more races, 2% Asian/Pacific Islander, 1% Native American. Approximately68% of students in Abilene ISD are economically disadvantaged.

Abilene ISD covers approximately 106 square miles in Taylor and Jones Counties.

Approximately 17,000 students are enrolled in Abilene ISD.

The operating budget for 2013-14 is $123,624,205.

The total tax rate supporting the 2013-14 budget is $1.1501 per $100 assessed value.The total tax rate includes the Maintenance and Operations rate of $1.04 and DebtService of $0.1101. The Debt Service tax rate is among the lowest in the state of districts of comparable size. 

Abilene ISD employs nearly 2,500 public servants dedicated to the district's educational mission, over 80% of whom work directly with students on a daily basis. 

New teachers earn $39,000, those with 10 years $43,500, 20 years $50,000, etc.; at least $1,000 more for Masters. Benefits include generous insurance contributions.

AISD will demonstrate continuous improvement in academic achievement and eliminate
   achievement   gaps.

AISD will prepare all students for success in college and workforce readiness.

AISD will provide facilities that are designed to meet today's standards and programs ina 
safe environment that is conducive to learning.

AISD will secure and retain an effective staff that is reflective of and responsive to the 
   district’s student body.


Our Mission

The mission of the Abilene Independent School District is to provide exceptional educational opportunities in an environment that will produce graduates with the skills necessary to become productive, responsible citizens. 

Special Programs

9th Grade Academy
Academy of Technology, Engineering,
  Math & Science (ATEMS)
Adult Education
Advanced Placement Incentive Program
Advanced Placement & 
  Pre-Advanced Placement Classes
Air Force JROTC
Band, Choir, Orchestra 6th-12th Grades
16 Career and Technology Programs
Early College 
Early Head Start
Educational Television
Extended School Program
Gifted & Talented Education
Free After-School Tutorials
Head Start/Pre-Kindergarten
Holland Medical High School
Hot Lunches & Breakfasts
Homework Hotline
Journalism & Debate
Learning Resource Specialists
Parenting Education Program
Partners In Education
  Adopt-A-School Program
  Volunteers In Public School Program 
PSAT Summer Camps
Read 180 Labs
Reasoning Mind Labs
Regional School For the Deaf
Special Education Programs
Travis Opportunity Center
UIL Academic Activities
UIL Athletics
Woodson Center for Excellence 

Dr. Heath Burns, Superintendent  
Dr. Audra Ude, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Mark Neal,  Associate Superintendent for Legal & Human Resources  
Scott McLean, Associate Superintendent for Operations

School Board Members
Stan Lambert, President, Dr. Danny Wheat, Vice President, Laura Dyer, Secretary
Robert T. Laird, Assistant Secretary, Dr. Barry Hoefer, Member, Randy Piersall, Member, Dr. Kelvin Kelley, Member


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