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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Melissa Gonzalez

WHY PTISD? Pine Tree ISD values relationships with their students, families, and community and is passionate about creating a pathway for every student to be successful.

- Melissa Gonzalez, Director of Marketing

Lee Branson

WHY PTISD? UIL Academics offers diversity in intellectual pursuits where students can extend classroom learning through fun and challenging competition among a tight-knit group of peers and teachers.

- Lee Branson, Director of Fine Arts and UIL Academics

Jacob Lusk

WHY PTISD? Pine Tree ISD offers range of programs and extracurricular activities that empower students to explore and pursue their interests. Our staff also goes above and beyond to ensure the success and growth of every student.

- Jacob Lusk, Director of Career & Technical Education