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Mesquite’s education offerings showcase some of the reasons why current and prospective residents consider Mesquite to be such an appealing place to raise a family. In addition, businesses know that Mesquite’s commitment to quality education ensures a prepared and capable workforce among its citizens.

Mesquite Independent School District

Mesquite ISD operates under a mission statement that reflects its purpose: to educate all students and empower them to expand their opportunities.

Each school day, more than 36,000 students on 46 quality campuses receive instruction from caring and highly educated teachers. In fact, 100 percent of Mesquite ISD meet federal “highly qualified” standards. Continuous improvement is one of the school district's core values. As a result, 46 percent of MISD teachers hold master’s degrees (nearly twice the state average), and nine of Mesquite ISD’s campuses are rated Exemplary by the Texas Education Agency; 21 campuses have a Recognized rating. Mesquite ISD has no Academically Unacceptable campuses. MISD is proud to have two nationally recognized Blue Ribbon Schools selected and honored by the U.S. Department of Education. Excellence goes beyond the classroom in MISD with awarding-winning clubs, accomplished athletic teams and comprehensive fine arts programs. It also extends to the district’s leadership. In 2007, the MISD Board of Trustees was recognized as one of the top five school boards in Texas.

MISD provides the best educational opportunities possible with specialized academic programs to serve all students and a vast array of extracurricular offerings. But MISD knows that education doesn’t end with high school graduation. That’s why the district developed its own curriculum that encourages all students in grades K-12 to pursue some form education beyond high school, such a college, trade school or the military.

With limited resources funding public education, MISD must adhere to prudent financial stewardship and seek innovative ways to reduce costs. For the seventh consecutive year, Mesquite ISD has received a “Superior Achievement” rating under Texas’ Schools FIRST financial accountability rating system. The district also possesses one of the highest bond ratings of any school district in Texas. The outstanding reports from respected financial firms Fitch IBCA and Standard & Poor’s result in substantial interest savings for taxpayers. Bond funds have allowed the district to manage the area’s rapid growth while revitalizing older campuses through renovations and technology upgrades. Further, by embracing innovative programs to utilize greener technology, MISD has been able to reduce its energy costs and invest those savings in other areas.

Higher Education

Eastfield College, Texas A&M University Commerce Metroplex Center and the North Texas Regional Training Center serve as three local higher education institutions for metroplex residents to further their education and achieve their goals.

Eastfield College, a two-year community college, serves the east Dallas area by providing educational opportunities through high quality instruction, services and programs in academic, technical, occupational and continuing education.

Texas A&M University Commerce Metroplex Center, located 1.4 miles south of Eastfield College, offers its students professional certifications and licensure, professional development and graduate courses in 25 academic departments as a part of the prestigious Texas A&M University System.

The North Texas Regional Training Center, part of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and a member of the Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized training, technical assistance and emergency response services impacting Texas and beyond. The Mesquite Campus, home to the TEEX Professional & Regulatory Training and the OSHA Southwest Education Center, works with individuals and companies to maintain voluntary compliance with OSHA regulations to ensure workplace safety. Covering the five states of OSHA Region VI, the Southwest Education Center is the No. 1 OSHA Education Center in the country and offers a wide variety of training programs, including the Certified Safety and Health Official program as well as other professional education offerings.