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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Michelle Mitchell

WHY PTISD? The District truly cares for students, staff and community. Inspiring students to be the best they can be is our passion.

- Michelle Mitchell, Director of Child Nutrition

Amber Hargrove

WHY PTISD? We appreciate the diversity of our district and strive to work towards the success of all students, no matter how they come to us. Our staff constantly works to cultivate the proper environment to help them achieve their goals.

- Amber Hargrove, Director of PEIMS

Todd Yohn

WHY PTISD? Because we are building future citizens of our community. Relationships matter and a strong community is built through strong relationships. Through these relationships, we are guiding our students of PTISD to become successful members of our community.

- Todd Yohn, Executive Director Facilities and Technology