West ISD

Coaching, Facilitation, Featured, Training

More than Rebuilding. Rising Up!

Total Number of Students: 1,463
In April 2013, the town of West suffered a deep tragedy after a fertilizer storage facility exploded damaging homes and buildings including West ISD school buildings.

As part of the rebuild process, the West ISD school community recognized it had a special opportunity to build a new school to meet current and future student needs. With the help of engage2learn, West ISD brought the community together to envision what this new school could provide for students, teachers and staff. Through this outreach effort, the West ISD middle and high school soon evolved from a dream to reality of collaborative spaces, vast amounts of natural light fostering creativity and an environment that prepares students for a future they create. Visit Restore West ISD to see the design of the new school and listen to the student excitement.

With this design opportunity, West ISD began exploring opportunities to leverage this new building. Based upon the community conversation, engage2learn continued its partnership by working with the district to shift its classroom culture from a lecture style environment to a one where teachers promote deep content discussion, research solutions on relevant topics and synthesize their learning by choosing the best way to demonstrate their learning to teachers and peers. West ISD’s long-term goal is to integrate content and technology giving students an advantage in the college and workplace environments. Today, West ISD is achieving results from this initiative including distinguished levels of teacher performance and student achievement.

Demographic Profile
African American 3%
Hispanic 8%
White 88%
American Indian )%
Asian )%
Pacific Islander )%
Two or more races 1%
Economically Disadvantaged 49.3%
Non-Educationally Disadvantaged 50.7%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) 3.4%
Students with Disciplinary Placement 2.1%
At-Risk 30.4%