About Leonard ISD
The Leonard Independent School District is located east of State Highway 121 on U.S. Highway69, approximately 35 minutes from McKinney in Southwest Fannin County.
It is located in a beautiful area of farms and ranches among gently rolling hills. The school system is experiencing gradual growth and has been able to adequately plan for this without disrupting the educational process. The district has many educational opportunities including programs for gifted students, athletics, career/technology and vocational educational offerings, BETA Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). The district has an excellent fine arts program including music in the elementary and intermediate school. The intermediate school has an active honor choir. Students can participate in the outstanding band program beginning in junior high school and continuing through high school. Students also have the opportunity to participate in choir at the high school level as part of our music program. A large percentage of students participate in the extra curricular and co-curricular opportunities afforded them in Leonard ISD schools.
The school district is made up of four campuses including Leonard Elementary School, Leonard Intermediate School, Leonard Junior High School and Leonard High School. Leonard Elementary has received one of the top two ratings given by the Texas Education Agency now for seven consecutive years and was named an “Exemplary “ campus once again last school year. The campus has also earned several Commended Performance awards in math, reading, and attendance as well as has been named a Title I Distinguished Performance School during this time. A concerted effort has been made to keep the student-to-teacher ratio low enabling teachers, students and parents to develop excellent relationships in promoting an outstanding education.
Campuses have parent involvement groups including PTL, Band Boosters, Leonard Athletic Association and Career and Vocational Booster Club. Parents are welcome and encouraged to become involved in their children’s educational programs. We encourage you to visit the school website and learn more about the excellent experience your children can have by enrolling in Leonard ISD.
The Leonard Independent School District strives to have an active partnership with parents in the education of their children. You will have the opportunity to participate in many areas of your children’s school. We seek volunteers and encourage cooperative visits mapping out strategies and methods that work with unique and varied abilities and interests.
Leonard Chamber of Commerce
There is a family environment in Leonard that is supported by cultural events, civic organizations, active churches and wholesome surroundings.
The City of Leonard downtown area has a beautiful city square with city offices and US Post Office located in the center. The streets are made of red brick, reminding one of an earlier era. Many buildings have unique store fronts, some dating from the turn of the century. Many have been restored and several businesses make their homes around the city square. The Leonard Library is also located on the city square. The city provides an ample supply of clean water and other services. The city government and Chamber of Commerce are progressive and forward thinking in planning for the future of Leonard, and in ensuring that the city continues to improve. The city has two public parks that include athletic fields, walking trails, and playgrounds. The city presently is building a lake and wetlands adjacent to one park that will provide shelter and food for ducks and other migrating birds as well as a beautiful area to picnic and walk.
Leonard has many festivals during the year. The city and Chamber of Commerce annually sponsor the famous Leonard Picnic and carnival which attracts people from the entire area to Leonard the third weekend in July. In addition, the Chamber of Commerce sponsors Halloween on the Square, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas Parade, Leonard Picnic Parade and other exciting events throughout the year. The annual tailgate party and pep rally are held on the square the week of the football homecoming game. The Leonard Youth Sports Association fields teams in football, soccer, basketball and baseball. Leonard has a dozen churches within its city limits and the surrounding country side, and many offer Vacation Bible School programs, youth activities and family events.
The City of Leonard and the Leonard ISD have an ideal location, a place to experience small town Texas while taking advantage of events in the Metroplex. The major thoroughfares that intersect in Leonard make it a quick commute to nearby cities in every direction: Sherman, Greenville, McKinney, Wylie and points in between. Safe, newly renovated highways connect Leonard to Dallas, only 55 miles away. Close to home, Leonard has access to a variety of retail shops and quality businesses that provide dining, banking, groceries, pharmaceuticals, medical services, discount clothing, furniture, high-speed internet, auto repair, real estate services and other necessities. As the city grows, it continues to provide more for the resident who wishes never to travel far from home. The city has a relaxed but still energetic “feel.”
The quality of life in Leonard is excellent, with many varied offerings, beautiful homes, well-maintained streets, sidewalks and parks. If you are tired of “big city” hustle and bustle and would like to be able to relax after a hard day of work be sure to consider and visit Leonard, Texas and Leonard ISD when planning to relocate. You will be glad you did. Just take Highway 121 north from McKinney, exit Highway 69 east and it is a five minute drive to one of the best small towns in Texas.
If you would like information about Leonard ISD please call Larry LaFavers, Superintendent at (903) 587 – 2318 or the City of Leonard at (903) 587 – 3334.