Why Us

A Tradition of Excellence - 2nd Oldest School District in Texas

The Pine Tree ISD was established in 1847, less than two years after Texas became the nation's 28th state, and James K. Polk was president. Growth was slow but stable, with agriculture being the primary source of income through the turn of the century. The oil boom in 1931 brought thousands of people to East Texas and caused rapid growth for Pine Tree Schools. Since that time, the district's reputation for quality education has attracted steady enrollment. The district’s Core Values are Intentional, Consistent, Reverence, Resolute and Relationships.

Local Optional Homestead Exemption

The Pine Tree Independent School District has the highest local optional homestead exemption in Longview.

Fine Arts Program

The Fine Arts Department of PTISD proudly presents performing and visual arts. Students who attend Pine Tree ISD are afforded many opportunities to explore and refine their talents in the areas of visual arts, band, choir, dance, and theatre. The fine arts groups at Pine Tree have a continued tradition of high achievement in UIL activities and have received top awards across the State of Texas. Pine Tree High School is a two time Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) District of Distinction.

Professional and Certified Staff

Pine Tree ISD has a professional and qualified staff. PTISD has 310 certified teachers and 115 of these teachers have Masters degrees.


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Kalli VanMeter

WHY PTISD? Because every child deserves to become the best version of themselves. We grow the entire student and meet all of their needs...educationally, physically, emotionally and building character. Our students leave us with the ability to successfully survive beyond o

- Kalli Vanmeter, Director of Special Education

Juana Campos

WHY PTISD? I'm amazed at the love and care Pine Tree children receive. I love that they are pushed to their highest educational limits. Pine Tree ISD is the place to be.

- Juana Campos, Director of Business Operations

Debbie Terry

WHY PTISD? Pine Tree is the place to be! Our family of educators not only provide the best learning environment for our students, but one that is filled with love, support, encouragement, and high expectations.

- Debbie Terry, Director of Assessment & Accountability