2nd Fastest-Growing School District in Texas
One of the primary reasons why so many young families from the area’s potential workforce are selecting the City of Forney to call home is Forney Independent School District. “A”-rated by the Texas Education Agency for Student Achievement and Overall as a district, FISD is the second fastest-growing school district in Texas, with an exceptional core of teaching professionals.
Forney ISD serves 12,215 students and is guided by progressive leadership and talented educators. The District’s facilities include two 5A High Schools, two Middle Schools, seven Elementary Schools, two Intermediate Schools, and one Academic/Early Childhood Center. Enrollment is projected to reach approximately 14,117 students in 2023-24 and will continue to rise to 17,387 by 2028-29. In anticipation, the District prepared a four-year plan and purchased 230 acres in northwest Forney with the school board’s approval to expand their footprint of high quality educational offerings.
2019 – With a 73% voter approval, residents of Forney passed a $623 million facilities bond issue to build needed new schools/campuses, expand some of FISD’s existing schools, and construct a career/technology center that will become a satellite campus of Texas Tech University.
2021 – Projected opening of the Jerry and Helen Griffin Elementary School in the Devonshire community, along with the Tony Jackson Middle School and Tim Rhodes Intermediate School. The two latter campuses will share core facilities, saving the District $4 million.
2022 – Don R. Willett Elementary is slated to open its doors in Forney’s Gateway community, and the new O.B. Johnson Elementary campus will be located in the Overland Grove development.
2024 – Opening of the Keith Bell College and Career Center, located across from the new middle and intermediate schools.
Forney ISD Niche Rankings – 2020 Best Schools
Best School Districts for Athletes in Texas – #121 out of 1,003
Best School Districts in Texas – #216 out of 1,002
Districts with the Best Teachers in Texas – #351 of 1,022
Most Diverse School Districts in Texas – #325 of 1,025
Inspiration & Innovation (Inspiring our Future Workforce)
Forney ISD’s curriculum focuses on inspiring students with innovative education, going beyond just reading, writing, and arithmetic, by nurturing lifelong skills that include collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communications.
Plus, the district offers Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses at the secondary level. Dual credit classes are also available for high school students, including college algebra, statistics, and freshman and sophomore English.
FISD’s recently announced partnership with Eastfield College and Texas Tech University takes students from high school to community college with the opportunity to earn a degree at a Tier 1 University, all in Forney. The district also offers high-quality career and technology (CTE) programs, including hands-on STEM, welding, health science, and electrical trades, providing students with real-life experience. Further, FISD practically trains students, such as running a doggy day care operation and providing vocational shadowing opportunities.
FISD welding students work on 1,000-gallon barbecue smokers for Moberg Smokers that will be used in commercial restaurants across Texas.
FISD engineering students give back to their schools by repairing high-tech student calculators, saving the District thousands of dollars.
Many students in Forney ISD participate in and excel in a variety of extracurricular activities, recognized by UIL and other organizations for their award-winning talents in athletics, fine arts, and career/technology activities.
Higher Educational Options
As part of the Dallas-Worth Metroplex, Forney students have access to a wide choice of respected community colleges and some of the top-tier four-year universities in the country. Additionally, a number of schools offer workforce training through the Texas Skills Development Fund and provide free training dollars to qualifying employers locating/expanding in Texas. More information on this program can be found here.
Within 15 miles:
Eastfield Community College
Trinity Valley Community College
TVCC Health Science Center
Workforce training partners
Within 60 miles: (list by distance shortest to longest)
University of North Texas at Dallas (24 miles)
Southern Methodist University (24 miles)
Texas Woman’s University Health Sciences Institute, Dallas (26 miles)
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (26 miles)
University of Texas at Dallas (28 miles)
University of Dallas (31 miles)
Texas State Technical College – North Texas (31 miles)
Dallas Baptist University (33 miles)
University of Texas at Arlington (42 miles)
University of North Texas Health Science Center (55 miles)
Texas A&M University – Commerce (56 miles)
Texas Christian University (57 miles)
University of North Texas, Denton (60 miles)
Texas Woman’s University, Denton (61 miles)