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About Gladewater ISD
Achieving Excellence Together
Mission Statement
Gladewater provides a safe and nurturing learning environment where students are empowered with the skills and character to be productive and successful citizens.
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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 1,800 students travel from inside the city limits and rural areas that reach into Smith, Upshur, and Gregg counties. Gladewater ISD is comprised of 110 miles. 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 2016-2017. With the exception of Gladewater High School, all campuses are served as Title I School wide campuses. Seventy-seven 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.
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