DISTRICT MISSION & VISION
Our mission is to prepare each student academically and socially to become a responsible and productive citizen.
Through the X-elerate Program, the district’s most enhanced level of its advanced academics program, fifth grade students can accelerate in math and/or English/language arts curriculum by one or two full years via an online summer learning program. The district is also in its ninth year implementing the Dual Language Program, an educational model in which native English speakers and native speakers of another language receive instruction together in both languages to promote bilingual literacy in an ever-growing global market. To date, there are almost 1,000 students in the innovative program. By the time the DLP students leave elementary school, they have earned their first high school credit (Spanish 1), and they are eligible to earn college credit in Spanish by the time they leave junior high.
Finally, AISD students have the opportunity to participate in award-winning fine arts programs and championship athletics programs. Recognizing that winning with honor is as important as the win itself, AISD promotes a strong level of sportsmanship in fine arts and athletics. In fact, each AISD campus promotes character development and education in order to produce well-rounded graduates ready for the real world. Recently, Southside Elementary was named a State School of Character for the second time and is one of only 15 schools from Texas and one of only 87 schools from the United States to receive the distinction. Wildcats understand that character counts at all times.
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Superintendent Phil Edwards has served in education for 29 years. Of his 29 years as an educator, Edwards spent 19 years total in school district administration. Prior to Angleton ISD, he was superintendent at Kemp ISD, leading more than 1,600 students at five campuses. Before becoming superintendent, he spent three years as the district’s director of special programs and five years as a campus principal at Kemp Junior High. Additionally, Edwards worked as a campus administrator and a teacher in Mesquite ISD, and also taught and coached in both Edgewood ISD and Aldine ISD. He has served as chairman of the Kaufman County Area Superintendents group, a member of Kaufman County EDC and member of the leadership team for the Community Schools Transformation Alliance. He has also served three years as a member of the Kaufman County Leadership selection group. Edwards earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1989, gaining teaching certifications in both mathematics and physical education. Later in 1999, he earned his Master of Education in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University Commerce, and in 2013 he gained his Superintendent Certification after completing superintendent graduate level work at Stephen F. Austin State University.
AISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES
(L-R TOP) President Regina Bieri, Vice President Tommy Gaines, Secretary Dana Tolbert, Trustee Kimi Hunter
(L-R BOTTOM) Trustee Justin Journeay, Trustee Heather Brewer, Trustee Bill Garwood