All Leander ISD students have the opportunity to enroll in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses along with their traditional core academic courses. CTE courses are designed to provide an authentic learning experience through academically rigorous and technology-rich curriculum and skill application in real-world opportunities. The goal is for students to create a balanced four-year plan that includes the best of both academic and CTE courses.
Students enrolled in certain CTE courses have the opportunity to participate in a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) appropriate to the course in which they are enrolled. CTSOs promote leadership development, job skill training, and can provide scholarship opportunities. Students have the opportunity to reach advanced level CTE courses to increase the rigor of their learning and complete a CTE program of study sequence for an endorsement and/or earn industry recognized certifications.
High School Experiences
LISD CTE Career Clusters
- Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
- Architecture and Construction
- Arts, A/V Technology Communications
- Business, Marketing, and Finance
- Education and Training
- Health Science
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Human Services
- Law and Public Service
- (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
- Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Other Supported Programs
- Career Preparation
- JROTC – Airforce and Navy
- PALS and Leadership
- Speech and Debate
For more information on specific programs visit Programs of Study.
District Program Student Enrollment Forms
2021-2022 Forms Now Available
All deadlines and enrollment process timelines are found on each individual form
- Glenn High School Advanced Culinary Arts Enrollment Form
Serving Glenn HS, Leander HS, Rouse HS
- Cedar Park High School Advanced Culinary Arts Enrollment Form
Serving Cedar Park HS, Vista Ridge HS, Vandegrift HS
A full list of CTE courses can be found in the LISD Course Catalog. Campus specific course/program student enrollment forms as noted in the course catalog can be found on campus Counseling Services websites.
LISD offers Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) in all Career Cluster areas.
- Included in federal legislation
- Endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals
- Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
- Supported by state directors of CTE
- Supported by state departments of education, including TEA
- Eligible to all students for membership when enrolled in relative elective courses
CTSOs connect students to:
- Each other
- Their own individual success
- Team success
To learn more about CTSOs visit Student Organizations.
Campus College and Career Center
A doctor? An engineer? A plumber? Not knowing what your plans are after completing high school can be a frightening experience. Luckily, there are many free resources to help students decide on a career based on their interests and skills.
Each campus has a College and Career Center as well as Counseling Services to help them in choosing courses in their area of interest:
Industry & Community Engagement
Students gain real world authentic experiences by using the skills they learn in their CTE programs to work and serve in their community.
LISD featured work-based learning programs:
To learn more about additional LISD work-based learning opportunities visit Industry & Community Engagement.
Middle School Experiences
LISD offers middle school courses within these areas:
- Business, Marketing and Finance
- English Electives (Creative Writing, Journalism, Speech/Debate)
- Technology and Multimedia Applications
Elementary School Experiences
Elementary elective experiences vertically aligned with middle school and high school programs:
For more information visit Elementary School Experiences.
For a districtwide staff listing, visit the Staff Directory page.
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Public Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career & Technical Education Programs
The Leander Independent School District offers Career and Technical Education Programs in sixteen different career cluster areas. Admission to these programs is based on interests and aptitude, age appropriateness, and available class space.
It is the policy of Leander Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
Leander Independent School District will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and vocational programs.