A tradition of Excellence 


The Pine Tree family champions the relentless pursuit of excellence through a compassionate and safe learning environment empowering all students to develop their unique passions and to make a positive impact in a global society.



We believe in: 

Lifelong Learning–We are a learning organization, where students are engaged and leaders grow. 

Innovation Through Collaboration–We foster a culture of innovation: working together, adapting to change. 

Trust & Safety–We provide a trusting and safe environment accountable to the highest standards and most effective tools. 

Respect–We respect each other, embracing diversity and global awareness.

  • HB 1842 was passed during the 84th Texas legislative Session in Spring 2015, and provides Texas public school districts the opportunity to be designated as a District of Innovation. To access these flexibilities, a school district must adopt an innovation plan, as set forth in Texas Education Code Chapter 12A.


    Districts of Innovation may be exempted from a number of state statutes and will have the following benefits:

    • Greater local control as the decision makers over the educational and instructional model for students:

    • Increased freedom and flexibility, with accountability, relative to state mandates that govern educational programming; and

    • Empowerment to innovate and think differently.

    Districts are not exempt from statutes including curriculum and graduation requirements and academic and financial accountability.


    The direction provided by this local Innovation Plan is a culmination of collaboration among community members, parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators. This plan was designed to facilitate the implementation of the District’s strategic plan which was adopted in April 2017. This plan provides an opportunity for the Pine Tree community to make local decisions on the best ways to educate our children. 

    • The District of Innovation Plan will become effective in May 2017 and will remain in effect for five years, through May 2022, unless terminated or amended earlier by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the law. The District Improvement Committee will monitor the effectiveness of the Plan and recommend to the Board of Trustees any suggested modifications to the Plan.
    • On February 13, 2017, the Pine Tree Independent School District’s Board of Trustees initiated the process by passing a Resolution to Adopt a District of Innovation in order to support innovation and improve student learning. On March 6, 2017, the Pine Tree ISD Board of Trustees held a public hearing for public discussion on whether the District should develop a local innovation plan for the designation of the District as a District of Innovation. With there being no objection from the hearing, the Board of Trustees supported the plan to create a District of Innovation Committee to begin researching and recommending a plan for approval. This Pine Tree ISD District of Innovation committee was approved by the Board of Trustees at the April 10, 2017, regular board meeting. The committee represents various stakeholders across the district including teachers, instructional paraprofessionals, instructional coaches, parents, campus administration, district administration, local higher education, and community members. The committee met initially in March and April 2017 to discuss and develop a plan. The District of Innovation plan followed the development of the Pine Tree ISD Strategic Plan. The options discussed and recommended for consideration in the District of Innovation plan support the goals and strategies of the Pine Tree ISD Strategic Plan.

      The District notified Commissioner Morath of its intent to file a plan with the Texas Education Agency after the April 10, 2017, Board of Trustees meeting.. The plan was posted on the District website for 30 days before being presented to the Pine Tree ISD Board of Trustees on May 8, 2017. The Pine Tree ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the updated plan on May 8, 2017. Pine Tree ISD notified the Texas Commissioner of Education of the District’s final District of Innovation Plan and the plan was submitted the approved plan to TEA on May 10, 2017 


    Goal 1: All students will reach their full potential.

    Goal 2: All students will thrive in a global society.

    Goal 3: All students will discover and pursue their unique passions. 



    Strategy 1: We will create a customized learning environment that ensures a culture of innovation.

    Strategy 2: We will maximize learning through the use of advanced resources and digital literacy.

    Strategy 3: We will boldly support the social and emotional needs of all students.

    Strategy 4: We will ensure student leadership is an integral part of our learning culture.

    Strategy 5: We will recruit, develop, support, and retain the highest quality staff. 


    February 13, 2017

    Board of Trustees passed the resolution to research the District of Innovation process


    March 6, 2017

    Board of Trustees conducts a public hearing to discuss the District of Innovation process and possible options


    March 2017

    District of Innovation Committee formed


    March 29, 2017

    First District of Innovation Committee meeting


    April 3, 2017

    Draft of District of Innovation Plan discussed and revisions made


    April 6, 2017

    Posting of the District of Innovation Plan for Pine Tree ISD on the District website and notification of the Board of Trustees intent to consider and adopt a District of Innovation plan sent to TEA


    April 10, 2017

    Discussion of the District of Innovation draft plan with the Pine Tree ISD Board of Trustees


    April 20, 2017

    District Improvement Committee discussed and approved the District of Innovation Plan


    April 26, 2017

    District of Innovation committee reviews the final plan and comments provided from the staff or public


    May 8, 2017

    Board of Trustees vote and approve the District of Innovation plan for Pine Tree ISD and approved plan submitted to Commissioner Morath at TEA