The #1LISD community cultivates each student individually to produce the most sought after creators of our future world.


We will cultivate each individual student by:

  • Knowing and appreciating them
  • Creating a safe and supportive environment to nurture their personal growth
  • Partnering with each family

District Goals

  1. Maximize academic growth for each student.
  2. Prepare each student for college and career success.
  3. Inspire the whole child.
  4. Engage each student in relevant learning. 
  5. Ensure a world class workforce focused on student achievement.
  6. Manage district resources effectively. 
  7. Communicate effectively with our community to build relationships. 

Guiding Documents

The district’s guiding documents consist of the Core Beliefs, Graduate Profile, the 10 Ethical Principles, The Leaner Way and the Learning Model. Another foundation document used in Leander ISD is the Student Learning Behaviors.

Core Beliefs

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As a public school organization, we hold these truths as our core beliefs:

  • Each and every student is at the heart of our decisions. This requires a focus on students and all elements that impact their overall student experience in order for them to reach their maximum potential.
  • LISD life-changers (each and every staff member) should be empowered so they can inspire our students to own their learning.
  • Our LISD family, which includes our students and their families, life-changers, board, and community members, thrives when we ensure a welcoming, safe, and caring environment in which we treat one another with integrity, respect, fairness, and acceptance while appreciating our differences.
  • A deliberate and intentional focus on relevant and deeper learning for each student will optimize individual outcomes and personal growth.
  • Developing and maintaining meaningful, collaborative relationships between all our LISD family is vital for a whole child, student-driven experience.

Graduate Profile

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Leander ISD students are well-prepared to enrich our world and excel in a global society. Each student is challenged, encouraged and supported to achieve the highest level of knowledge, skills and character.


Students are academically prepared for college, career and life and equipped to achieve their highest potential. Students demonstrate:

  • Knowledge, understanding and application of
    • English and language arts,
    • mathematics,
    • science,
    • social studies, and
    • U.S. constitutional studies
  • Familiarity with a second language

Character Development

Students understand the importance of positive interactions with others as a foundation for living successful lives. Students personify the 10 Ethical Principles:

  • Honesty – telling the truth
  • Integrity – doing the right thing even when no one is looking
  • Promise-keeping – doing what you say you are going to do
  • Loyalty – supporting someone or something
  • Concern for Others – caring for and helping others
  • Law-abidance/Civic duty – obeying rules and laws/making the world a better place
  • Respect for Others – being polite and kind to everyone and everything
  • Fairness – treating everyone equally
  • Pursuit of Excellence – doing everything the best you can; looking for ways to improve
  • Accountability – taking responsibility for your actions, and taking pride in what you do right


Students communicate and collaborate effectively. Students demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in written communication
  • Proficiency in oral communication, individually and in groups, including speaking, active listening, and constructive dialogue
  • Proficiency in preparing and delivering presentations
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team
  • Adaptability and flexibility in response to the audience and environment
  • Effective use of current technology

Effective, Productive & Lifelong Learning

Students possess the aptitude, attitude, and skills necessary for the continuous pursuit of knowledge throughout life. Students demonstrate:

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Creative and critical thinking skills
  • Proficiency in accessing, managing, and processing information
  • Competency using various learning tools, techniques, and technologies
  • Perseverance, resiliency, and self-discipline to successfully set goals, develop action plans, manage time, monitor progress, and evaluate results
  • Ability to learn through collaboration
  • Ability to reflect and use feedback to continuously improve
  • Discerning research skills

Personal Growth & Expression

Students apply their unique talents for personal growth and fulfillment. Students demonstrate:

  • Passion for and ownership of learning
  • Self-awareness of skills, interests, aptitudes, and learning styles
  • Personal development and expression through artistic, physical, and intellectual disciplines
  • Proactive physical wellness
  • Understanding of fiscal responsibility
  • Awareness of life opportunities in college and career guidance

Social Awareness, Contribution & Stewardship

Students are active contributors in the community and prepared to participate in our global society. Students demonstrate:

  • Contribution and service to community
  • Stewardship of resources
  • Understanding the benefits of a democratic government, free enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Leadership skills
  • Understanding the value of cultural diversity

10 Ethical Principles

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  • Honesty: telling the truth
  • Integrity: doing the right thing
  • Promise-keeping: doing what you say you are going to do
  • Loyalty: supporting someone or something
  • Concern for Others: caring for and helping others
  • Law-abidance/Civic Duty: obeying rules and laws/making the world a better place
  • Respect for Others: being polite and kind to everyone and everything
  • Fairness: treating everyone equally
  • Pursuit of Excellence: doing everything the best you can; looking for ways to improve
  • Accountability: taking responsibility for your actions, and taking pride in what you do right

Learning Model

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Leander ISD’s Learning Model is a research-based model for instruction in LISD. It was implemented district wide in 2006 as a tool to provide LISD with guidance on how classrooms and schools can effectively enhance student achievement.

At the center and heart of the Learning Model is “Focus on Student Learning.” This is district’s singular purpose for existing and is considered in every new opportunity and decision made throughout LISD.

The result of three years of collaborative work by principals, instructional leaders and teachers at all levels across the district, the Leander ISD Student Learning Model is both a target and a guide as the district seeks to become the best in the world at guiding student learning.

More information about the Learning Model

The Leander Way

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  • Relationships
  • Trust
  • Ethical Behavior


  • Students First
  • Systems
  • Continuous Improvement


  • Passion for Working / Learning
  • Excellence

Student Learning Behaviors

Student Learning Behaviors PDF

What is “IT” in the Classroom?

When students are highly engaged in their learning, what does it sound like? When students are enthusiastic about their learning, what does it look like? What student behaviors and mindsets will ensure that they will exit our system with the same passion for and joy in learning they had when they entered, without economics determining success? In short, what is “It”?

As a student, I will own my learning when I consistently:

  • Explore Learning Targets …
    by knowing what I need to learn, finding meaning and making connections in my learning.
  • Assess for Learning …
    by determining my progress toward achieving the learning target.
  • Plan for Intervention and/or Challenge …
    by seeking support when I’m struggling and discovering ways to remain challenged in my learning.
  • Use Learning Strategies …
    by applying a variety of strategies and tools to help me learn.
  • Collaborate and Engage …
    by interacting with other students and remaining actively engaged in my learning.
  • Analyze Data and Set Goals …
    by creating learning goals and tracking my progress on an ongoing basis.
  • Show Evidence of Learning …
    by determining how to demonstrate my learning.