For more than a century, MISD has been proudly “Educating the Future!”
Midland Independent School District has a rich history, from the construction of Midland’s first, one-room public school building in 1886, to the hiring of MISD’s first superintendent in 1907, and continuing with decades of growth and change. Beginning in the 2010–2011 school year, MISD begins another bright chapter in its history as Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren begins his tenure.
Elementary School Programs
The 3- and 4-year-old students in the MISD Early Childhood Program get an educational boost and are prepared to start kindergarten. Students attend pre-kindergarten at Bunche and West early childhood centers, and early childhood programs are available at select elementary campuses.
The 24 Midland ISD elementary schools are each unique, but they all offer education with the highest standards and up-to-date instructional methodologies. From learning the alphabet to learning algebra, elementary students get a solid educational foundation.
Midland ISD has three elementary magnet schools serving kindergarten through sixth grade students. Students in the magnet programs learn standard curricula while being exposed to diverse learning opportunities:
- Bowie Fine Arts Academy: Students alternate through piano lab, choir, theatre arts, art, and dance in first through third grades. Students in fourth through sixth grades have the opportunity to specialize in orchestra and band. A beautiful, 17,800-square-foot wing, including a black box theatre and dance studio, allows practice and performance space for the fine arts.
- Pease Communication and Technology Academy: Students immerse themselves in a technology-rich environment. In the Pease studio, students create their own television show. In classes, students compose stories, write text, create media presentations, and utilize equipment.
- Washington Math & Science Institute: Students engage in hands-on, inquiry-based math and science curricula.
Secondary School Programs
Midland ISD has four junior high schools, two freshman schools, two traditional high schools, one alternative high school, and one early college high school. Students gain mastery of educational content while enjoying many extracurricular opportunities. Secondary coursework prepares students for college and the workforce.
Advanced Placement/Honors Courses
MISD opened enrollment to Advanced Placement and Pre-AP classes for all interested students beginning in the fall of 2007.
Students can learn to play instruments in band or orchestra or try their voices in choir. They can explore their artistic capabilities in art or drama. Athletes can find their niche in golf, swimming, football, track, and other sports. Those who want to challenge their critical thinking skills can do so in Academic Decathlon or UIL academic programs. Students who excel in demonstrating leadership might participate in student council, Students in Philanthropy, or ROTC.
Early College High School
MISD has partnered with Midland College to offer ECHS @ MC, an early college high school for freshmen through seniors. In the program, students attend school on the college campus, earning both high school and college credit in the rigorous program. At graduation, students receive a high school diploma and an associate degree.
Advanced Technology Center
Students utilize the Advanced Technology Center campus to learn skills and earn certificates in areas including computer technology, welding, automotive technology, drafting, and nursing.
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
The AVID program is available to students in eighth through 12th grades. The program offers support to students, giving them the skills and inspiration needed to succeed in challenging courses in college and beyond.
Thanks to a partnership with Midland College, all MISD graduates receive a college acceptance letter upon graduation from high school.
If students fall behind in coursework, they may regain credits through A Plus, a self-paced credit completion program available at all secondary campuses.
Communities in Schools (CIS)
MISD is proud to partner with Communities in Schools, a program that offers mentoring and promotes success among the students who most need assistance.
Selected entering seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students are eligible for the University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s summer math and science program through TexPREP, the UT Pre-Freshman Engineering Program.
Advanced Student Programs
The program is designed to help kindergarten through third-grade students who demonstrate special cognitive and academic aptitude reach their highest potential.
Gifted Education Midland (GEM)
GEM represents the intermediate component of the district’s Gifted & Talented (GT) services. Students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades attend special classes at Carver Center two days each week, where they are challenged with curricula and projects that build on their strengths and take them to new levels of learning.
Enhanced Academic Services (EAS)
EAS is the secondary component of the GT program. Students who demonstrate a special ability in English, math, science, or social studies may qualify for the program in junior high and high school.
Destination ImagiNation (DI)
Elementary students in the GEM program, as well as junior high and high school students, participate in this program. Working in teams, students learn to solve problems together.