About Gladewater ISD
In an attempt to create a continuing learning environment for students, staff, and community members, the vision of Gladewater ISD, a Title I district, is to infuse technology into a challenging and innovative instructional program across the grade levels, which includes cutting-edge technological opportunities producing competent, life-long learners and productive citizens.
The administrators, teachers, and staff of the Gladewater Independent School District, in partnership with students, parents, and community members, are dedicated to helping each student prepare for life-long learning and effective citizenship.
Gladewater ISD is located twelve miles west of Longview, Texas, and thirty-five miles north of Tyler, Texas, and has a population of approximately 6,078. Approximately 1,900 students travel from inside the city limits and rural areas that reach into Smith, Upshur, and Gregg counties. This once wealthy, oil-boom rich town has since experienced the declining oil prices with the depletion of oil and gas wells in the district. The town nearly died several years ago when most downtown businesses closed. A few motivated individuals researched downtown business revitalization and encouraged risk-takers to open antique stores. Within only a couple of years, the downtown area became a thriving hub with people from all over the area traveling to Gladewater to shop for precious, hard-to-find antiques. Gladewater has become known as the East Texas Antique Capital --- businesses grace the historic downtown area and brick-lined streets. A small community of Texans that are close-knit with many churches and an active group of business and community professionals describes Gladewater, Texas. Many Gladeites work in nearby Longview and Tyler.
Gladewater ISD and all campuses Met Standard for the accountability ratings for 2014-2015. With the exception of Gladewater High School, all campuses are served as Title I School wide campuses. Eighty-two percent of the students are economically disadvantaged. The ethnic distribution is 61% Anglo, 21% African American, 12% Hispanic, 1% Asian or Pacific Islander, and 5% two or more races.
Regular education students comprise 86.8% with Special Education services received by 13.2%. Gladewater ISD serves the Truman W. Smith Children’s Center in Gladewater which offers services to medically fragile children, birth to age 21. Students who are able to leave hospital beds and travel are transported by Gladewater ISD and instructed on campus while those who must remain at the hospital receive bedside instruction or have hospital classes. Inclusion definitely plays an important role in the education of special education students in Gladewater ISD.