Comal ISD has been named a District of Distinction by the Texas Art Education Association for the fifth consecutive year.

According to the district, the visual arts program at Comal ISD is among the top 1.3% of all visual arts programs in Texas.

Put in perspective

“This is a huge honor and testament to the dedication and passion that our teachers provide our students on a daily basis,” CISD Fine Arts Director Gary Cooper said in a statement.

Out of over 1,200 school districts in the state eligible to apply, CISD is one of 16 districts to achieve the distinction every year since the award has been available. In total, 68 districts are receiving the honor for the 2022-23 academic year.

The details

To receive a District of Distinction award, a district must provide a well-rounded education that integrates visual arts curriculum to inspire creativity and build social-emotional learning. Each district submits documentation explaining how it met a 14-point rubric and includes participation in exhibitions, contests, community service, community engagement and collaboration with other content areas.

“Comal ISD has set a high standard for visual arts advocacy, integrated visual arts curriculum, encouraged creativity, community participation and student growth,” said Sandra Newton, the chair of Visual Art Administrators of Texas, a division of the TAEA, in a statement. “It is a true testament to the district’s visual art educators’ skill, dedication and flexibility that the quality of their programs continued to provide strong and comprehensive visual art educational experiences to students.”