The 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.