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Laredo Independent School District

The Laredo Independent School District was established in 1882. LISD is a district sprawling more than 13 square miles. The Laredo Independent School District is made up of 33 educational institutions: 20 elementary schools, four middle schools, and three comprehensive high schools.

Laredo ISD offers the following magnet/specialty schools to assist students in meeting their goals and dreams:

~ Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts located across the street from Nixon High School,
the Dr. Dennis D. Cantu Health Science Early College High School located at Martin High School,
the Sabas Perez Early College Academy for Engineering located at Cigarroa High School,
Hector Garcia Early College High School located at Texas A&M International University,
Cigarroa High School Pathways in Technology Early College High School located at Cigarroa High School,
Business, Industry and Public Service Early College Academy located at J.W. Nixon High School,
F.S. Lara Academy, which serves as the District’s alternative education site, and
Jose A. Valdez High School, which serves as the District’s Non-Traditional High School.

The district has a yearly average of 25,000 enrolled students and over 4,500 employees striving for academic excellence. At the Laredo ISD, learning is the key to a bright and successful future. By setting high standards, the district plays a crucial role in preparing students to meet the challenges and demands of today's high-tech and multicultural workplace.

Laredo ISD is home to eight United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools and eight Educational Research Partnership (ERP) Honor Roll Schools. The Texas Education Agency rates Laredo ISD as a Recognized School District with a Post Secondary Readiness Distinction.


Our schools are safe and caring environments that motivate and prepare students to contribute and excel in life. They build on the strong and expanding foundation already established by families involved in their children's learning.

Our students are highly successful. They are critical thinkers and effective problem solvers who are confident, self-motivated, and actively involved in our local and global community.

Our community actively supports the learning process. It provides full access to human, technological, and fiscal resources. This partnership demonstrates total confidence in our school system and holds it to the highest educational standards.

The district is accredited by the Texas Education Agency .