District Profile

  • The Red Oak Independent School District was founded in 1912. Currently, Red Oak ISD proudly serves about 5,800 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten to 12. Red Oak ISD is prepared for growth and committed to continuing with the family atmosphere that makes us the right choice for many families. Red Oak High School (5A) is touted for the diverse opportunities that are offered to each student in both academics and extracurricular.


    Red Oak ISD is located 20 miles from Downtown Dallas, Texas and spans across 5 municipalities in Ellis County that include Red Oak, Ovilla, Oak Leaf, Glenn Heights and Pecan Hill. Red Oak ISD is conveniently located 5 miles south of I-20 and covers 42 square miles. View the Red Oak District Map or Attendance Zones

    Demographics of Red Oak ISD


    Caucasian 38%

    Hispanic 35.9%

    African American 22.4%

    American Indian/Alaskan 0.6%

    Asian 0.8%

    Hawaiian/Pacific Island 0.1%

    Two or More 2.3%

    *Percentages based on most recent TEA TAPR


    Donald T. Shields Elementary (PreK-5th)

    Eastridge Elementary (PreK-5th)

    H.A. Wooden Elementary (PreK-5th)

    Red Oak Elementary (PreK-5th)

    Russell P. Schupmann Elementary (PreK-5th)

    Red Oak Middle School (6-8th)

    Red Oak High School, 5A (9-12th) 

    History of Red Oak ISD

    The Red Oak Independent School District was officially established in 1912. The first school was a white-frame building at the corner of Red Oak Road and Methodist Street (current location of the ROISD Education Service Center). All students attended that school. Earliest available records show an enrollment of 245 students.

    A storm in April of 1913 swept across Ellis County destroying the first school building by fire from a lightning strike. In 1913, a two and half story brick building was constructed at the same location with a gymnasium added in 1937. Ironically, both buildings were also destroyed by fire in 1963. Eventually the site housed the first elementary school in the district, Red Oak Elementary.

    To learn more about the history of all our campuses, view the "History of Red Oak ISD Campuses" presentation.

  • Administrator reading to students while wearing Dr. Seuss hat hat a

    Band and Flag Corp performing at halftime

    elementary students working on computers

    Members of the FFA holding state fair ribbons

    Student serving lunch to senior citizen

    Science Health students receive practical experience in Virtual Hospital