Dripping Springs ISD is located in the northwest portion of Hays County (approximately 20 miles west of Austin) and offers a comprehensive curriculum based on the goal of student achievement at the highest level. Teachers strive to personalize instruction to meet the needs of each student and help him or her reach individual potentials and connect with personal passions.
Superintendent Bruce Gearing has promoted the importance of having a "life changer" in every classroom to truly impact students' love of learning in addition to helping them with content mastery. District planning in all areas emphasizes students’ acquisition of 21st Century skills like creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, and global citizenship. This emphasis is reflected in the district's curriculum, use of technology, budgeting and staff development.
There are many factors that contribute to DSISD’s excellence in education, including a quality teaching staff at all grade levels. Outstanding academic and extracurricular activities are available to all students, and students routinely participate and excel in UIL competition. In addition, Dripping Springs ISD have experienced success in many arenas at state, regional and even national levels.
Starting in fall of 2017, the district operates seven schools along with a central administration office, and separate transportation and support service facilities. In 2016-17, DSISD eclipsed the 6,000-student mark and enrollment is growing at a rate of 6-7 percent per year.
In Dripping Springs the schools are the center of the community—parents and community members actively support the schools through PTA and volunteer programs.
Dripping Springs ISD often is recognized for excellence at the district level. For three consecutive years (2014-16), DSISD was a statewide finalist as the District of the Year in the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program. In 2017, the Board of Trustees was a finalist for the H-E-B School Board of the Year in the state of Texas.
Dripping Springs ISD also has been recognized for its financial accountability. In Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) reports that were released from the Texas Comptroller's Office for several years. In that report, DSISD twice received the highest rating of "five stars," one of a small number of public school districts to do so; this report measures academic progress in relation to financial efficiency. The district has received the top rating in the FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) every year it has been released.