The Arlington Independent School District in Tarrant County, Texas, is the 11th-largest Texas school district, with a student population exceeding 64,000 and a staff of 8,500, as of 2015. The district is Arlington's largest employer and the sixth-largest employer in Tarrant County.
AISD pays dedicated attention to gifted elementary and secondary students with special co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Open-ended coursework allows students to set their own goals and determine their preferred pace while their research and organizational skills simultaneously undergo testing. The schools also emphasize fine arts instruction, with over 46,000 Arlington students enrolled in fine arts courses.
The district's Advanced Placement program allows students to receive college credit upon graduation for nearly 30 qualifying courses, an amount equal to an entire year of college coursework. Advanced Placement subjects cover science, math, English, art, foreign language and music theory. Also, in association with nearby Tarrant County College, Arlington schools offer dual-credit classes on every campus. The school system pays the cost of tuition and books; students pay a course fee of $50 each.
AISD has produced 16 National Merit semi-finalists, National Hispanic Scholars and National Achievement semi-finalists. The district also offers the International Baccalaureate World School Programme at Sam Houston, Lamar, Bowie and Arlington high schools.