Lovejoy Independent School District
Lovejoy School District is a perennial top 3 district within the state of Texas year after year. There has never been a single elementary, middle, junior, or senior high school in the district that hasn't earned the highest rating by the Texas Education Agency.
The Grisak Group has Been The Top Selling Team within the Lovejoy area of the Multiple Listings Service for the past 21 consecutive years.
This is where it all started. A tiny schoolhouse built in 1917. The school was saved, renovated, and now serves as the Lovejoy Administration Building. Lovejoy ISD used to be consolidated with Allen ISD but broke away to form its own district. Since then, every school within the district has maintained the highest ratings with the Texas Education Agency year after year. Lovejoy is now recognized as one of the most highly regarded school districts in the entire state of Texas. I call it the "Big Three" of Highland Park, Southlake, and Lovejoy. All three are property wealthy school districts and all three are at or near the top year after year in the Texas Education Agency ratings.
What Towns Are Served By Lovejoy ISD?
Many people think Lovejoy ISD is all of Fairview and Lucas, but that's not correct. Not all of Fairview and Lucas are in Lovejoy ISD. And a small area of Allen (which is normally Allen ISD) is. It can be very confusing. Some Fairview homes are in McKinney ISD. Lucas is a real nightmare when it comes to school districts. There are 6 school districts serving Lucas (Allen ISD, Lovejoy ISD, Princeton ISD, McKinney ISD, Plano ISD, and Wylie ISD). I'll bet there aren't many small towns in America the size of Lucas with 6 different school districts.
In simple terms, Lovejoy ISD serves most of Fairview, most of Lucas, a small area of McKinney, and 6 subdivisions within Allen. The school district boundaries in this area seem to have no rhyme or reason. They often cut through the middle of a development (Lovejoy ISD on one side and McKinney ISD on the other) and sometimes they go right through the middle of a home. I've been told when the school district lines go right through a home, the school district is determined by which side the master bedroom is located. I can't tell you what happens if the line runs right through the master bedroom :-)
With the strength and reputation of Lovejoy ISD, you can imagine developers and home owners over the years have tried to get their properties into Lovejoy ISD. I've seen it happen many times and it's never gained any traction. I don't think the property lines will ever change considering the politics and property taxes at stake.
Bottom line, if you want to buy in Lovejoy ISD, just make sure you're working with an agent who knows this area. I've resold more than one home where the sellers thought they were in Lovejoy ISD and found out too late they weren't. Suffice it to say, they weren't very happy they weren't told before buying.
What's Different About Lovejoy ISD?
Our son was a Lovejoy student through all 12 grades so we have a good handle on what makes this district so special. We always knew his teachers genuinely cared about his success in life. The teachers know the kids and vice versa. There's a misconception that all Lovejoy students have to be outstanding students, but that's not the case. I've always felt every student is challenged to do their best, but they aren't thrown under the bus if they are struggling. The district will work with those kids to elevate their learning.
Lovejoy schools are broken down like this ... Elementary schools (Hart, Lovejoy and Puster) grades 1-4, Sloan Creek Intermediate School grades 5-6, Willow Springs Middle School grades 7-8, and Lovejoy High School grades 9-12. In a growing school district like Lovejoy, this may change some day along with the dividing lines for elementary schools.
Lovejoy ISD has one of the best programs for kids with dyslexia in the entire area. In fact, Scottish Rite Hospital, one of the premier centers for dyslexic children anywhere, always recommends Lovejoy as an outstanding public school program.
Lovejoy has about 4,100 students in grades 1-12 as of 2016. The district will be offering a pre-K program beginning in 2017 for the first time. At full occupancy, the district projects there will be 6,000 students. Compared to Allen ISD, right next door, Lovejoy is about 1/3 the size.
There isn't a lot of student turnover within Lovejoy ISD. Of course, families are always moving into and out of the district, but not in large numbers. Lovejoy is comprised entirely of single family homes and there are no apartments within the district which tend to have high occupancy turnover. Many of the Lovejoy kids, like our son, start out in first grade and graduate in 12 years. They tend to know each other, or at least about each other, attending so many grades together.
Lovejoy ISD is also considered a property wealthy district, just like the other two of my Big Three (Highland Park and Southlake). It's becoming more and more difficult to find a home within the Lovejoy district under $400K and homes in Fairview and Lucas run well into the $2 millions. One of the main reasons is because most of the homes within the district are on one acre minimum lots. Both the homes and lot prices are increasing in value every year.
The parents within Lovejoy ISD pay relatively high taxes and not surprisingly, they demand a quality education for their children. They're also there when there's a need for parent volunteers. When a school sends out a request for parent volunteers, if you don't get on the phone right away, the need will be filled by another parent. It takes the parents, administrators, and teachers to make an outstanding district, and Lovejoy has them all.
Property wealthy districts like Lovejoy ISD, Highland Park ISD, and Carroll ISD have an advantage over other less affluent school districts in Texas. The homes are more expensive so naturally the school tax receipts are higher. Even so, it's not enough for small districts like Lovejoy to offer the programs and services they want to provide. To help out, the Lovejoy parents are always actively involved in fund raising for the school district.
Fund raising drives have become a necessity but the homeowners always respond when asked. One of the innovative fund raising events for Lovejoy ISD is the "Denim and Diamonds" event held every Spring. It typically raises around $150K which all goes right to the district.
How Special Is Lovejoy ISD?
Besides the Lovejoy ISD number one rating by the Texas Education Agency, here's another barometer. In 2016, 73 students paid out of district fees to attend Lovejoy ISD. Those fees range from $10K to $12K per year depending on the grade. How many public school districts can attract a following like that? And remember, the parents of those students are also paying the property taxes on the homes they live in out of district, but it's still worth it to them.
We've sold homes to buyers out of Highland Park, which for years was the gold standard for quality education, and I've never heard one say the education wasn't as good or better. That goes for parents taking their kids out of private schools to move into Lovejoy. They might be paying $36K per year and they tell me there is no drop-off.
Lovejoy ISD used to be the best kept secret in the Metroplex, but that's no longer true. Lovejoy has become a buzz word and that's going to continue. I've always said Lovejoy schools are as close to private as you could ever get in a public school.