Coppell is a city in the northwest corner of Dallas County in the U.S. state of Texas. It is a suburb of Dallas and a bedroom community in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. A small area in the far northern portion of the city extends into neighboring Denton County.
Coppell residents are served by one of three school districts.
Coppell Independent School District (CISD) is responsible for the kindergarten–grade 12 education of the majority of the City of Coppell’s children. A portion of the CISD also covers parts of north Irving in the Valley Ranch area and those portions of Lewisville that fall south of the current Dallas/Denton County boundary. Its high schools are Coppell High School and the newly opened New Tech High.
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD serves easternmost Coppell, south of Sandy Lake Rd. and to the east of Macarthur Blvd., including the Riverchase area, and students matriculate to Barbara Bush Middle School and Ranchview High School in Irving.
Lewisville ISD serves the northernmost section of Coppell falling in Denton County, including the Coppell Greens subdivision. This area is north of State Highway 121.
All of the elementary schools in the Coppell Independent School District are rated “exemplary” by the Texas Education Agency (in 2008), as are Coppell Middle School North and Coppell Middle School East. Coppell Middle School West, Coppell High School, and the district as a whole are rated “recognized”. New Tech High received an “exemplary” ranking in its first year, the 2008–2009 school year. Riverchase Elementary (in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, but located in Coppell) is rated “recognized”. Students from that school go on to attend the Barbara Bush Middle School and Ranchview High School in neighboring Valley Ranch. They are rated “academically acceptable” and “recognized”, respectively.
The Coppell ISD was ranked as the top music program in the United States by the Music Educators Association in 2000. In August 2001, Coppell voters approved a sales tax increase to provide funding for arts in the school district. The Coppell High School Marching Band won the Texas 4A UIL championship in 1999 and finished third in 5A in 2009. The Coppell Middle School North Band won the Texas state championship in 2006, 2011, and 2016. The Coppell Middle School East band finished fourth in state in 2011
Coppell High School’s news program, KCBY-TV, has won several national awards for their work with video production. The KCBY Broadcast department features local stories reaching out to the community in the school as well as the community outside of school. The KCBY Sports department offers a live broadcast of all of the athletic home games, and will soon broadcast away games also, along with live commentary by the sports crew of the news program. The Head of KCBY is Irma Kennedy, who has worked with NBC prior to taking the job. In the summer of 2010, KCBY got an estimated $500,000 worth of new equipment, as it prepares to take on the challenges of a live broadcast in Spring of 2011. The news program also features a movie related segment every week featuring new upcoming movies and more.
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