Department of Innovation

  • The Department of Innovation serves to meet the needs of the Judson community by keeping a student-centered mission to:  

    • expand the number of inventive, imaginative school options  
    • raise the percentage of students in high-quality, best-fit campuses, and  
    • increase the academic achievement of all students  

    to ensure Judson ISD is a premier, destination school district that welcomes all students in the greater-San Antonio area.  


    Systems of Great Schools  

    Judson is a member of TEA’s System of Great Schools (SGS) Network and is implementing its four-lever strategy:   

    • analyze school performance,   
    • expand great options, 
    • improve access to options, and
    • create new organizational structures.  


    Innovation Designation  

    In a dynamic, collaborative process, the School Board and district leadership awards campuses that submit redesign plans with an Innovation Designation. Judson ISD is proud to offer specialized, open-enrollment school models across the district. The following schools currently hold an Innovation Designation 

    • Converse Elementary—Year-Round 
    • Ed Franz Elementary—Leadership 
    • Elolf Elementary—Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) 
    • Mary Lou Hartman Elementary—Spanish Immersion 
    • Park Village Elementary—Blended Learning
    • Wortham Oaks Elementary—Spanish Immersion 
    • Henry Metzger Middle—Blended Learning 
    • Judson Middle—Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) 
    • Judson High—Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) 
    • Karen Wagner High—Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM)
    • Judson Early College High School 

    All campuses may apply for the Innovation Designation and transform their school into the program their families & communities desire. 


    Strategic Partnerships and Grants 

     The Department of Innovation strives to build strong relationships with parents, teachers, staff, and community leaders as we envision a more robust future of success for Judson ISD. We seek strategic partnerships and external resources, including significant funding grants such as the following: 

    • Effective Schools Framework, 
    • United States Department of Education Teacher Leader Programs, and
    • School Action Fund  

    to support transformational practices and innovative systems. 


    Innovation Designation Campuses


    Blended Learning at Park Village Elementary and Metzger Middle Schools

    Franz Leadership Academy

    Fine Arts Academy at Olympia Elementary

    Fine Arts Academy at Olympia Elementary

    Innovative Campus Programs

    Leadership Officer Training Corps available at all five middle schools