Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District (GCISD) is one of among 141 Texas Independent School Districts that use Skyward as their administrative software provider. Established in 1869, the district currently has an enrollment of 13,814 students and employs 1,700 staff members. Grapevine-Colleyville continues to grow and provide students today with a well rounded education to help them succeed in the years to come.
GCISD is located at the Texas gateway to the world. Adjacent to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the school district covers 51.4 square miles in northeast Tarrant County. The area boasts some of the nation’s fastest business and residential growth. As the school district has attracted relocating families who value education, the business community has responded with the addition of numerous top-rate restaurants, retail shops and entertainment facilities. Grapevine is home to many wineries and tasting rooms as well as the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association.
Currently, Grapevine-Colleyville has 17 regular education campuses which consist of 11 elementary schools (Bear Creek, Bransford, Cannon, Colleyville, Dove, Glenhope, Grapevine, Heritage, Silver Lake, O.C. Taylor, and Timberline), 4 middle schools (Colleyville, Cross Timbers, Grapevine and Heritage) and 2 high schools (Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine). GCISD also has two alternative campuses, Bridges Accelerated Learning Center and VISTA Alternative Education within its district.
GCISD attracts teachers from all over the country. Teachers at GCISD have an average of 11 years teaching experience and more than 30 percent have a master’s degree or higher.
Grapevine-Colleyville has been credited for many scholastic accomplishments over the years. Both Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine High schools were named to Newsweek’s list of top high schools in the nation. Students from both schools are annually awarded more than four million in scholarships. And, 98 percent of GCISD students attend college after graduation.
As a Skyward customer since 2006, GCISD currently uses both Finance & Student packages for their administrative software. They chose Skyward as their software provider for several reasons: reputation, experience with Texas districts, dedication to the product, national presence, the Skyward staff, responsiveness to customers and involvement in User Groups. GCISD also liked the product and the self-service capabilities for both employees and parents. They liked that it was Windows based with a fully integrated system as well.
GCISD also likes the fact that data can be quickly accessed and printed or exported to other programs like Excel, for further analysis with a single mouse-click.
“Since implementing Skyward our users feel empowered. We have experienced a significant increase in staff productivity and morale,” says Shelley Debnam, Systems Analyst for GCISD.
Today, Grapevine-Colleyville continues to grow within the state of Texas by providing an effective and enduring education to the 13,814 students enrolled in their campuses. For more information on GCISD, please visit their website at www.gcisd-k12.org.