About Us

History and Current Statistics
The school district began in 1882 and included the community schools of Biry, Blackcreek, BigFoot, and Shookville, prior to consolidation. Presently, the district covers an area of 237 square miles and has an enrollment of approximately 1,929 students, housed on four campuses.

Demographics
An elected Board of seven trustees governs the Devine Independent School District, and DISD is the largest employer in the city of Devine. The school district is located 32 miles south of San Antonio, Texas in the southeastern tip of Medina County and encompasses the city of Devine, which includes 192 square miles and an estimated population of 4,350. The District and the city of Devine are governed independently with each having individual taxing authority. The nearest large city is San Antonio, which provides employment for some of our more mobile residents. However, our geographical location on the poorest side of San Antonio restricts opportunities for many residents and our school children as well as limits business infrastructure in Devine, thus reducing our tax base and employment opportunities.

Devine ISD serves approximately 1,900 students on four campuses. Our district includes 1 elementary campus (EE-grade2), 1 intermediate campus (Grades 3-5), 1 middle school (Grades 6-8), and 1 high school campus (Grades 9-12). Additionally, DISD provides AEP services at our own DAEP. Our district also operates a Parent Learning Network for training and instruction to parents and community members during the school day and after school. Our schools strive to provide a community-school link to enhance student success. We have a long history of community involvement and pride in our school system. DISD is proud of our successes and the closeness of our ethnically-diverse community.

Average Class Size:
Elementary 14.5 students per teacher
Intermediate 15.4 students per teacher
Middle School 13.7 students per teacher
High School 12.7 students per teacher

Devine ISD provides a learning environment that ensures quality education. The district balances dynamic curriculum and cooperative partnership with parents and community, prepares students for changes and challenges of the future and empowers them to pursue productive and fulfilling lives. Our district goal is to reach "TEA Exemplary" rating. During the past few years, we received TEA Gold Acknowledgement Awards for outstanding performance on the TAKS Tests in a number of areas. Devine ISD received a number of Gold Acknowledgement Awards for 20% or more students scoring “Commended” on the TAKS Test. Additional Awards included: a 96% Attendance Award for Devine Middle School and the Gold Performance Acknowledgement Award for having 60% or more graduates on the Recommended High School Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program at Devine High School.

Staff - Teacher Experience
Bachelor’s Degree 81.8%
Master’s Degree 18%
58% of staff has over 11 years of teaching experience

Devine High School has a long and proud tradition in both UIL athletics and academics. The district continues to have a number of state winners or state qualifiers from Devine High School. Devine High School had the 3-A State Champion in UIL Extemporaneous Speech in May 2008. Also the Devine FFA Tractor Team won the state tractor competition at the Houston Stock Show. Other state qualifiers included a state track qualifier and state golf qualifiers. Two teachers at the Devine High School received the state UIL Denius Award for Outstanding UIL Academic or Athletic Sponsorship. The Devine High School has won the District UIL Championship 39 out of 47 years. The High School Literary Teams have competed at the State UIL contest 8 of the last 14 years. The DHS UIL Social Studies Team has placed 1st in district for the past 7 years, and placed 1st at Regionals 3 of those years qualifying the team to advance to state. The UIL Debate Teams have been to state 11 out of the last 15 years advancing 2 teams to state in 2017. The Devine High School’s One Act Play has won the District UIL championship 15 of 22 years and competed at the State level 1 year with regional performances in 2014, 2015, & 2017. The Devine ISD Band program currently serves over 350 students between grades 6-12.  With opportunities in five concert bands and applied music, DISD Band students are achieving at the highest levels.  Our 130 member marching band has earned consecutive First Division Sweepstake awards at UIL as well as many place awards within the 4A classification throughout south Texas.  During the 2016 season, the Warhorse Band advanced to the UIL Area Marching Contest!  The concert bands in both middle school and high school have received many First division ratings and recently the DHS Symphonic Winds were recognized as the “Most Outstanding High School Band” in a Dallas competition.  In addition to dozens of students earning placement in the ATSSB All-Region and Area Bands, the DHS Band is always well represented at the Texas State UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest.  The Devine ISD Bands are growing and achieving at higher levels each year!

In athletics, the Devine High School has 2 State Volleyball Championships and one 3-time State Track champion. At the district level the football; volleyball, softball, basketball, tennis, golf and track teams have combined for numerous District Championships. The softball team has competed at the state level two years and the baseball team has advanced to the playoffs numerous times.

In the career and technology programs, our BPA Chapter has had one national champion and the FFA Chapter had the State FFA president in 1997. The FCCLA Chapter has had several regional and state officers in the past and has had five national winning teams, 36 state winning teams and individuals and 84 winning regional teams.

The Devine Middle School and Elementary school also have won many District UIL Championships. Since 2011, the Devine middle school has dominated the academic district meet bringing home the championship plaque for 6 years straight. In addition DMS competed in the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association, TMSCA with 16 state qualifiers in 2011-2012.  All schools participate in the Safe and Drug-Free Program.

Devine ISD offers an outstanding comprehensive instructional public education program from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. All schools in the District are accredited by the Texas Education Agency. Along with the regular curriculum, Devine offers a gifted and talented program, advanced placement, career and technology program, dual credit, special services for children from birth to 22 years and a Bilingual/English as a Second Language instructional program. Every school has certified physical education and music teachers, as well as a counselor. The District has 1 full time RN, 1 full time LVN, 1 fulltime CMA and 1 part time CMA to serve the students.

All DISD buildings are connected via high speed fiber; the fiber supports data, telco, video surveillance, video broadcasting, and HVAC controls.  The district recently completed a wireless project that added 170 access points to our network, giving us 100% coverage.  Also, recently completed is a video broadcasting system that can broadcast district-wide.  The high school has 10 computer labs, one consisting of a mobile cart with laptops.  The middle school has 4 computer labs.  The elementary school (K-2) and the intermediate school (3-5) both have two computer labs.  The two primary campuses can support up to 6 network devices per classroom, the secondary campuses can support 3 to 6 depending on classroom age.

Board of Trustees
Wayde Anderson - President
Nancy Pepper - Vice-President
Henry Moreno- Secretary
Carl Brown - Member
Robert Morales - Member
Gina Champion - Member 
Wes Herring - Member

Administration
Scott Sostarich- Superintendent
Daryl Wendel - Assistant Superintendent for Personnel/Curr. & Inst.
Glenda Allen - Interim Special Programs Director
Dawn Schneider - Director of Student Services

Shannon Ramirez – Director of Finance
Valerie Dykstra - Director of Special Education
Derrick Byrd - High School Principal 
Steve Anderson - Assistant High School Principal
JodiAnn Dzierzanowski - Assistant High School Principal
Kandi Darnell- Middle School Principal
LeeAnn Runnels - Assistant Middle School Principal
Blain Martin- Intermediate Principal
Lysandra Saldana - Assistant Intermediate Principal
Brenda Gardner - Ciavarra Elementary Principal
Karla Woerner - Ciavarra Elementary Assistant Principal

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