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.
DSISD promotes 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. Placing quality teaching staff at all grade levels is a major factor contributing to DSISD’s excellence in education. District and campus leadership has used a set of guiding principles, or "leadership language" with all staff:
★What Happens Is What Is Allowed
★Power of a Pause
★Trust Is to be Honored
★Create the Conditions for Learning
★Allow the Right Things to Happen
★Clear Is Kind
★All Means All
★Inspire & Equip
Outstanding academic and extracurricular activities are available to all students, and students routinely participate and excel in UIL competition. In addition, Dripping Springs ISD students have experienced success in many arenas at state, regional and even national levels.
The district operates seven schools along with a central administration office, and separate transportation and support service facilities. Enrollment has been growing steadily in the last decade and in 2020-21, DSISD served approximately 7,400 students.
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 the last report released by TXSmartSchools.org in 2020, Dripping Springs ISD received an outstanding score of 4.5 out of 5 stars. The summary chart stated that DSISD has “very high academic progress and low spending compared to its fiscal peers.” The report looks at various indicators of student performance and cross-references those with spending levels. DSISD has received scores of either 5 or 4.5 in every year that this rating – which dates back to the FAST rating developed by the State Comptrollers Office in 2010 – has been compiled. The district has received the top rating in the FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) every year it has been released.