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  • student raising hand Our Vision:  

    PAISD will become a leader in Texas in continuous school improvement by offering to its students a quality education necessary for them to achieve academic excellence.

    Our Mission:

    Our mission, as the primary source of public education in the community, is to meet the unique educational needs of our diverse population by providing a comprehensive quality education for students of the Port Arthur Independent School District.

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  • Go ye mighty TITANS to the victory we seek;
    Go ye mighty TITANS, and the foe we shall defeat.
    Pride and Honor, ours to proclaim;
    Stand together for TITAN fame.
    Red, Black, and Silver Pride will take us to Victory!

    Interlude: Go TITANS! Go Ye Mighty TITANS!

    Repeat: Go ye mighty TITANS etc.

MHS School Song

  • To dear Memorial High we sing
    We pledge our Loyalty to thee
    Time will pass and we will know
    How much we love Me-mo-ri-al
    May no act of ours show shame
    To loyal hearts that love your name
    Through the years we will remain
    Forever Ti-tans! Praise Your Name!


  • Special School Board Meeting

    The PAISD Board of Trustees have rescheduled their Special Closed Meeting to January 23 at 5:00pm. 

    Updated Meeting Notice

    Original Meeting Notice [Cancellation]


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  • Joint Statement Regarding Proposed Accountability Systemarea district logos

    Today the Texas Education Agency released unofficial ratings for the proposed new accountability system slated to begin in summer 2018. The new system, which is mandated by House Bill 2804 passed in 2015, requires that TEA issue districts and campuses letter grade ratings ranging from A to F for overall performance, as well as performance in each of five domains. The “what if” ratings are preliminary, for planning purposes only, and partial in nature, meaning there are still many variables and other possible data points to consider before this system is applied to schools and districts.

    The A-F ratings released by TEA today are part of a report required by the legislature that TEA develop a proposed system and determine the letter grade ratings that districts and campuses would have earned for 4 of the 5 domains (but not an overall rating) for the 2015-16 school year if the system had been in place at that time. The A-F grades reported by TEA are preliminary in nature and have no bearing on the final accountability ratings for the 2015-16 school year, in which Beaumont ISD, Hamshire-Fannett ISD, Nederland ISD, Port Arthur ISD and Port Neches-Groves ISD all Met Standard.

    In each of the 4 domains for which TEA has reported letter grade ratings, there is a common distribution of grades, with about two-thirds of campuses and districts receiving letters grades of C, D or F. It is important to note that the ratings contained in today’s report are based on the development of the A–F system as of December 2016. The targets used to determine the A–F grades are based on points established by TEA solely for the purpose of demonstrating one possible, but not necessarily final, approach. Development of the new A-F system will continue—with additional input from stakeholders—until spring 2018, when the final system is expected to be adopted.

    As a collective effort, BISD, HFISD, NISD, PAISD and PN-GISD are committed to the ABCs of education—achievement for all students, belief that all students can and will make progress, and conceiving that all students can achieve – no matter what their circumstance might be. We believe in being accountable to our students, their parents, and our community, but we do not agree that the new system accurately communicates the achievements, programs and effective teaching on campuses. As a result, our districts along with many others has or is in the process of submitting resolutions to the state in an attempt to ask legislators to repeal the A-F accountability system.

    To learn more about the A-F accountability system and implementation, please visit the Texas Education Agency A-F Resources Page on the TEA website at http://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Accountability/A-F_Accountability_Resources/ or send an email to rules@tea.texas.gov to submit public comment.

    We will remain steadfast in our commitment to student achievement and providing quality educational programs for all students.


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  • Public School Accountability System: A-F Ratings

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    Memo from the desk of PAISD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mark Porterie:


    Dear parents and supporters of Port Arthur ISD,


    In 2015, the Texas Legislature changed the state public school accountability system to incorporate an A-F letter grade to districts and campuses beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. The ratings will be given in five domains (student performance, student progress, closing performance gaps, postsecondary readiness and community and student engagement) and one overall A-F grade. This new system relies heavily on student performance on the STAAR test. Texas superintendents were informed on how the indicators were calculated before the holiday break and the provisional reports were released today.


    Upon receiving the reports, superintendents from across the state of Texas expressed their outrage at the overarching theme of the accountability system. Our students come from various backgrounds and cannot and should not be painted with a broad brush. Our schools are so much more than one test and our students are so much more than one score. 


    I have met with campus and district-wide leadership to discuss our plans to ensure that EVERY child in Port Arthur ISD receives a quality education, regardless of the system in place. We are still working to fully comprehend this new system and will continue to keep you informed as the process begins to take place. As it stands, the development of the final 2018 accountability system will continue until the spring of 2018 and may very well include additional changes from what we were provided today. 


    As your superintendent, it is my duty to ensure that the best teachers in the state of Texas properly educate your children. Like many of my fellow superintendents, I do not believe the new accountability system will be a fair or accurate depiction of student success, as many factors outside of standardized testing contribute to the overall educational prowess of a child. Thank you for allowing us to educate your children. We will continue to do all that we can to continue to provide a quality 21st century education that far exceeds the limited parameters of this state accountability design. 




    Mark Porterie, Ed.D.

    PAISD Superintendent of Schools


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  • Curriculum Nightcurriculum

    January 24, 2017 | 5:00 | CATE

    The Port Arthur Independent School Distirct and the Port Arthur Industrial Group will host a Curriculum Night and will present a professional guest to speak with parents and students. Parents and students will have the opportunity to engage in breakout section for the remainder of the evening.

    Port Arthur ISD supports the goals of all its students. Our #1 priority is to prepare our students for life after graduation by exposing them to careers in the local industrial fields and beyond.

    We are thankful for the support of PAIG for their continued dedication to our students, staff, and community. Their support ensures that our students have the tools necessary to compete in today’s ever-changing world.


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  • Career Dayworkers

    The Port Arthur Industrial Group will host a Career Day bringing various professional guests to speak with students.

    Students will engage with the industry’s finest to ask questions, set goals, and plan for a successful future in their desired field!

    Port Arthur ISD supports the goals of all its students. Our #1 priority is to prepare our students for life after graduation by exposing them to careers in the local industrial fields and beyond.

    We are thankful for the support of PAIG for their continued dedication to our students, staff, and community. Their support ensures that our students have the tools necessary to compete in today’s ever-changing world.





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