ABOUT ITALY ISD
The Italy Independent School District (AA) is located south of Waxahachie and north of Hillsboro in scenic Ellis County. More than 630 students attend either Stafford Elementary (PK-6) or Italy High School (7-12). The 66 square mile district is growing in student population.
A fiscally sound district, Italy ISD offers a wealth of academic and extracurricular opportunities for students. Elementary students participate in art, music, and computers on a regular basis. For the 2019-2020 school year, middle school students are offered art, music, band, and technology applications. Qualifying 8th graders have an opportunity to take Spanish I and/or Algebra I. Italy High School currently offers six Career & Technical Education endorsement programs with electives in Civil Air Patrol, agriculture, family and consumer sciences, graphic design, and criminal justice through a partnership with Navarro College. Academically eligible students may choose to take classes through Italy High School dual credit program. The dual credit program guides students through a course of study that will satisfy both high school graduation requirements and requirements for an Associate's Degree from Navarro College.
Extracurricular activities include athletics, marching band, academic UIL, student government, one-act play, and FFA, to name a few. The Italy Gladiators have a rich athletic history whose alumni include former Dallas Cowboy’s defensive player Keith Davis and Kortnei Johnson. Johnson is currently finishing her senior year at Louisiana State University where she holds the collegiate record in the 4x100. The Gladiators play football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, compete in track and field events, and cheer. Italy’s new athletic facilities are among the best in our 2A conference district. The Gladiators played their first season on the new artificial turf football field and track in 2017. The district added a new event-sized auditorium beginning in 2019-2020.
Italy ISD is a smaller district that offers great opportunities for students, without losing the hometown environment. We may be small, but we have a spirit truly worthy of being called Gladiators!!