Dr. Robin Ryan
A Look Back
In 1962, Grapevine and Colleyville school districts joined together, creating the Grapevine Consolidated School District. Combining these two entities required a giant step, significant planning and people who believed it was the right move. Some people were completely on board with the idea; others, however, were a bit unsure about how they would adapt to the change. Throughout the transition and into the first year, there were challenges. A shift occurred in the way students, teachers and the community thought about education and in the learning environment – exciting to some, daunting to others. Today, thanks to our insightful and forward-thinking predecessors, we are Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, with a long, proud heritage from multiple communities and a bright future that we are eager to embrace.
Vision for the Future
Just as we did in 1962, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is making bold changes in the way we teach and the way students learn. As we progress in LEAD 2021, our 10-year strategic plan developed in 2011, the district is transforming its culture to provide the foundation that today’s learners will need to be successful now and in life beyond our schools.LEAD 2021, which stands for Leading Excellence-Action Driven, has four core objectives – preparing students to be college and career ready, harnessing technology for learning, fostering citizenship and mutual respect, and building community involvement. With LEAD 2021, the district is creating an innovative environment where students are encouraged and supported.
Commitment to be the BEST
The mission of GCISD is to be the BEST, which is defined as Building Excellent Schools Together. GCISD maintains a long-standing commitment to educational excellence for all children. Building on its mission, the district continues increasing the level of rigor in classrooms to address expectations of the community and better prepare students for success in college and their future careers.GCISD is home to high-achieving and high-performing students and staff. Both traditional high schools consistently earn spots on ‘best high school lists,’ such as the Washington Post’s annual ranking feature. A new record was achieved this year by having 20 students named National Merit Semi-Finalists for the 2015-2016 school year. Additionally, GCISD’s fine arts students and programs continually earn notable recognition through the All-State program and national music, theater and dance competitions. For three consecutive years, GCISD has been included in the list of Best Communities for Music Education. Furthermore, GCISD student athletes and teams regularly earn state champion titles in wrestling, cross country, tennis and more.In GCISD, they employ multiple measures to assess student progress, such as scores on the ACT and SAT college readiness exams. On the most recent results, GCISD student composite scores continue to remain higher on the ACT and SAT than the scores at both the state and national averages on those assessments. Each year, GCISD graduates attend respected universities across the country, such as the University of Texas, Baylor and Texas A&M here in state, to Princeton, Harvard, Emory, Stanford, Georgetown and many others. Through Career and Technology Education courses, students acquire industry certifications that lead into careers or further education including, Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant, Texas Floral Certification, Microsoft Office Specialist and Master, Adobe Creative Suite Certification, and ServSafe Food Safety Management.
Recognized for Excellence
Educators in GCISD are among the best and have been finalists for Presidential honors, invited to attend Supreme Court Summer Institutes, and recognized by their professional organizations for excellence. GCISD also is recognized for excellence in its purchasing, financial and operational practices as it strives to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. The district’s Financial Services department received recognition for its high level of transparency, earning a 2015 Platinum Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller’s Office. This also is GCISD’s fourth consecutive year to earn the Leadership Circle Award at the highest level. GCISD Financial Services also earned a Pass rating in the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). The district has received the highest rating possible for each of the 13 years the FIRST program has existed.GCISD maintains a long-standing commitment to educational excellence for all children. The district continues increasing the level of rigor in classrooms to address expectations of the community and better prepare students for success in college and their future careers. GCISD continues to remain a premiere district of choice for families. This is evident in the student comments in our "Why do you choose GCISD?" video. For more information, check out our Top Reasons to Choose Grapevine-Colleyville ISD brochure.We are Building Excellent Schools Together!
ABOUT DR. RYAN
Dr. Robin Ryan joined GCISD as Superintendent on June 15, 2010. He has served 32 years in education, all in Texas, including as principal of Colleyville Heritage High School from 2004-2006.He previously served in Dallas ISD as Chief Academic Officer and Area Superintendent; in Carroll ISD as a high school principal, junior high principal, middle school principal and assistant principal; in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD as a life science teacher and Student Services Coordinator; in San Angelo ISD as the administrator of one of the first discipline alternative schools in Texas; and as a high school biology teacher in Graham ISD.
Dr. Ryan, 55, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, Master of Education degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, and Doctorate degree from the University of North Texas. He also served 20 years in the Army National Guard and Reserves, retiring as a major in 2004.
Dr. Ryan and his family have lived in Grapevine since 1995. He is married to Dr. Cindy Ryan. They have three children: daughter, Daryl, is a graduate of Grapevine High School and Texas A&M and is now a speech-language pathologist for Texas City ISD; son, Reed, is a graduate of Grapevine High School and Texas A&M and is a teacher/coach for Prosper ISD; and their youngest son, Graham, is a graduate of Grapevine High School and attends Texas A&M University.
The success of GCISD students – past, present and future – begins at home with the continued support of parents and the community. The district is fortunate to have strong partnerships with many civic organizations and businesses in our local community. One very special partnership the district enjoys is with the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation. Each year, the Foundation provides hundreds of thousands of dollars for instructional and educational programs, student scholarships, and district-wide staff programs that would not be possible through the operating budget. Last year alone, the Foundation distributed $370,987 in teacher grants and awards as well as $20,987 in scholarships to graduating seniors. Since its inception in 1998, the Foundation has funded over 1,650 projects and awards, totaling over $2.6 million, and has established an endowment of over $1.25 million for perpetual funding opportunities.The district appreciates its strong, vibrant partnerships with civic organizations and businesses in the Grapevine community.