The Pathways & Innovation department provides pathways focused on academic and personal development to prepare students for post-secondary success.

Alternative Learning Programs

Leander ISD serves high school students through New Hope High School during the school day and the Twilight Program in the evening.

Early College High School

The Early College HS initiative is an open-enrollment program that blends college and high school coursework, enabling students to earn up to two years of college credit (60 hours), tuition-free, while enrolled in high school.

New Hope High School

New Hope HS is a small school environment with supportive teachers and a self-paced curriculum In 1997, the promise of an alternative route to high school graduation started with a single teacher, who was fully committed to helping students graduate.

Today, LISD continues to provide an alternative way for students to complete their high school education through a self-paced, teacher-facilitated online curriculum with opportunities for small group learning experiences.

Twilight Program

The LISD Twilight Program was established during the 2011-2012 school year to meet the needs of students, who based on life circumstance, needed an alternative to the traditional high school schedule to complete graduation requirements.

Any LISD senior, at-risk of not graduating in four years, may be able to utilize this program to recover course credit in the evenings at Leander High School from 5:30–8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year.

The Twilight Program is facilitated by caring LISD high school teachers who actively manage student learning in the computer lab and assist students in learning.

Advanced Academics

Advanced academic programs are a high priority in Leander ISD, offering an academic challenge to our brightest, most-creative students. Leander ISD wants each child to be challenged to learn to his or her maximum abilities.

More information on Advanced Programs


AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college-readiness system designed to help schools prepare all students for college, careers, and life. Although AVID serves all students, it targets students in the academic middle, underachievers, and/or students with limited or no exposure to college preparatory information. The formula is simple – raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.

More information about AVID

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

All students have the opportunity to enroll in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses along with the more traditional core academic courses. CTE courses are designed to provide an authentic learning experience through academically rigorous and technology-rich curriculum and real-world applications. Ideally, students create balanced four-year plans that include the best of both academic and CTE classes.

More information on CTE

Counseling Services

Counseling Services

Leander ISD’s school counselors help children find success in school by promoting academic, career, personal and social development. Counselors and guidance professionals in LISD may collaborate with students, parents, teachers and administrators to identify barriers that may impede student achievement. Knowing that every student is unique, they can help students attain positive attitudes towards themselves, their family and their community.

Gifted Services (QUEST-G/T)

The QUEST-G/T curriculum is designed to provide challenging learning opportunities for identified students in grades K–12.

More information about QUEST-G/T

Global Languages & Cultures

Global Languages & Cultures

  • Dual Language Program
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Translation and Interpretation Services
  • Adult Education: EL Civics, High School Equivalency Classes

Post-Secondary Readiness

Post-Secondary Readiness

Leander ISD offers opportunities for students to own their educational experience through participation in advanced programs, academic and athletic competitions, clubs and organizations. Involvement allows for the development of leadership skills, builds confidence and provides opportunities to contribute to a team.

Programs include:

  • Readiness Exams
  • Student Ownership
  • Career Exploration
  • Academic Planning
  • College Admissions
  • Applying to College
  • Financial Aid

Enrichment Opportunities

Staff Directory

For a districtwide staff listing, visit the Staff Directory page.