Lovejoy ISD

It All Started in 1917

The original Little Red School house was saved and still serves as the administration building 

Lovejoy ISD Receives the Highest Rating in Texas For 2016

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  • Lovejoy ISD is tied with one other school district with the highest ratings awarded by the Texas Education Agency.  The other school district, Eanes ISD, located in Austin, also had a TEA rating of three A’s and one B.  No other district matched those ratings.

  • Lovejoy High School ranked in the top 1% of high schools in the Nation by US News and World Report in 2016.

  • Every Lovejoy ISD grade school, middle school and high school have had the highest TEA rating since they started rating schools.

  • In 2016, 73 families located outside of Lovejoy ISD are paying between $8,000 and $11,000 per child per year to be in the district.  I’ve always said Lovejoy is as close to a private school as you can get in a public school.

 What Towns Are in Lovejoy ISD?

Many people think Lovejoy ISD is all of Fairview and Lucas, but that’s not correct.  Not all of Fairview and Lucas are in Lovejoy ISD.  And a small area of Allen (which is normally Allen ISD) is.    It can be very confusing.  Some Fairview homes are in McKinney ISD.  Lucas is a real nightmare when it comes to school districts.  There are 6 school districts serving Lucas (Allen ISD, Lovejoy ISD, Princeton ISD, McKinney ISD, Plano ISD, and Wylie ISD).  I’ll bet there aren’t many small towns in America the size of Lucas with 6 different school districts.

In simple terms, Lovejoy ISD serves most of Fairview, most of Lucas, and 6 subdivisions within Allen.  The school district boundaries in this area seem to have no rhyme or reason.  They often cut through the middle of a development (Lovejoy ISD on one side and McKinney ISD on the other) and sometimes they go right through the middle of a home.  I’ve been told when the school district lines go right through a home, the school district is determined by which side the master bedroom is located.  I can’t tell you what happens if the line runs right through the master bedroom 🙂

With the strength and reputation of Lovejoy ISD, you can imagine developers and home owners over the years have tried to get their properties into Lovejoy ISD.  I’ve seen it happen many times and it’s never gained any traction.  I don’t think the property lines will ever change considering the politics and property taxes at stake.

Bottom line, if you want to buy in Lovejoy ISD,  just make sure you’re working with an agent who knows this area.  I’ve sold more than one home where the sellers thought they were in Lovejoy ISD and found out too late they weren’t.  Suffice it to say, they weren’t very happy with the agent who sold them the home.

What’s Different About Lovejoy ISD?

Our son was a Lovejoy student through all 12 grades so we have a good handle on what makes this district so special.   We always knew his teachers genuinely cared about his success in life.  The teachers know the kids and vice versa.  There’s a misconception that all Lovejoy students have to be outstanding students, but that’s not the case.  I’ve always felt every student is challenged to do their best, but they aren’t thrown under the bus if they are struggling.  The district will work with those kids to elevate their learning.

Lovejoy schools are broken down like this … Elementary schools (Hart, Lovejoy and Puster) grades 1-4, Sloan Creek Intermediate School grades 5-6, Willow Springs Middle School grades 7-8, and Lovejoy High School grades 9-12.  In a growing school district like Lovejoy, this may change some day along with the dividing lines for elementary schools.

Lovejoy ISD has one of the best programs for kids with dyslexia in the entire area.  In fact, Scottish Rite Hospital, one of the premier centers for dyslexic children anywhere, always recommends Lovejoy as an outstanding public school program.

Lovejoy has about 4,100 students in grades 1-12 as of 2016.  The district will be offering a pre-K program beginning in 2017 for the first time.  At full occupancy, the district projects there will be 6,000 students.  Compared to Allen ISD, right next door, Lovejoy is about 1/3 the size.

There isn’t a lot of student turnover within Lovejoy ISD.  Of course, families are always moving into and out of the district, but not in large numbers.  Lovejoy is comprised entirely of single family homes and there are no apartments within the district which tend to have high occupancy turnover.  Many of the Lovejoy kids, like our son, start out in first grade and graduate in 12 years.  They tend to know each other, or at least about each other, attending so many grades together.

Lovejoy ISD is also considered a property wealthy district, just like the other two of my Big Three (Highland Park and Southlake).  It’s becoming more and more difficult to find a home within the Lovejoy district under $400K and homes in Fairview and Lucas run well into the $2 millions.  One of the main reasons is because most of the homes within the district are on one acre minimum lots.  Both the homes and lot prices are increasing in value every year.

The parents within Lovejoy ISD pay relatively high taxes and not surprisingly, they demand a quality education for their children.  They’re also there when there’s a need for parent volunteers.  When a school sends out a request for parent volunteers, if you don’t get on the phone right away, the need will be filled by another parent.  It takes the parents, administrators, and teachers to make an outstanding district, and Lovejoy has them all.

Property wealthy districts like Lovejoy ISD, Highland Park, and Southlake have an advantage over other less affluent school districts in Texas.  The homes are more expensive so naturally the school tax receipts are higher.   Even so, it’s not enough for small districts like Lovejoy to offer the programs and services they want to provide.  To help out, the Lovejoy parents are always actively involved in fund raising for the school district.

Fund raising drives have become a necessity but the homeowners always respond when asked.  One of the innovative fund raising events for Lovejoy ISD is the “Denim and Diamonds” event held every Spring.  It typically raises around $150K which all goes right to the district.

How Special Is Lovejoy ISD?

Besides the Lovejoy ISD number one rating by the Texas Education Agency, here’s another barometer.  In 2016, 73 students paid out of district fees to attend Lovejoy ISD.  Those fees have just gone up to $9,000 for grades 1-6 and $11,000 for grades 7-12.  How many public school districts can attract a following like that?  And remember, the parents of those students are also paying the property taxes on the homes they live in out of district, but it’s still worth it to them.

We’ve sold homes to buyers out of Highland Park, which for years was the gold standard for quality education, and I’ve never heard one say the education wasn’t as good or better.  That goes for parents taking their kids out of private schools to move into Lovejoy.  They might be paying $36K per year and they tell me there is no drop-off.

Lovejoy ISD used to be the best kept secret in the Metroplex, but that’s no longer true.  Lovejoy has become a buzz word and that’s going to continue.  I’ve always said Lovejoy schools are as close to private as you could ever get in a public school.

The Schools of Lovejoy ISD

Lovejoy High School

Willow Springs

Lovejoy Listings

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1080 Hart Road, Fairview

Approximate Lot size8 Acres
School District
SubdivisionNone
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LISTED PRICE $ 995,000

1661 Goose Lane, Lucas

Year built2016 New Construction
SF5104 Sq Ft (+/-) Per Builder
Stories1
Bedrooms5
Baths5.1
Living areas3
Dining areas2
StudyYes
Garage spaces3
PoolNo
Approximate Lot size2 Acres
School District
SubdivisionKonrad Ranch Estates
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LISTED PRICE $ 969,000
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375 Bee Caves Rd., Lucas

Year built2002
SF6063 Sq Ft (+/-) Per Appraiser
Stories2
Bedrooms5
Baths7
Living areas3
Dining areas2
StudyYes
Garage spaces
PoolYes
Approximate Lot size1.5 Acres
School District
SubdivisionEstates at Austin Trail
Coming Soon! 6,063 square feet (per appraiser) built in 2002 5 Bedrooms/ 7 Full ...
Coming Soon! 6,063 square feet (per appraiser) built in 2002 5 Bedrooms/ 7 Full Baths/ 2 Living Areas/ 2 Dining ...
LISTED PRICE $ 949,000

1350 Ramsay Drive, Lucas

Year built2001
SF7078 Sq Ft (+/-) Per Builder
Stories3
Bedrooms5
Baths4.1
Living areas4
Dining areas2
StudyYes
Garage spaces4
PoolNo
Approximate Lot size2 Acres
School District
SubdivisionEstates of Huntwick
          New England Style Three Story Home in Lucas 7,078 sq. ft. ...
          New England Style Three Story Home in Lucas 7,078 sq. ft. (per plans) completed in 2001 on ...
LISTED PRICE $ 949,000
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1540 Holyoak Lane, Lucas

Year built2016
SF4641 Sq Ft (+/-) Per Builder
Stories2
Bedrooms5
Baths4.1
Living areas2
Dining areas2
StudyYes
Garage spaces3
PoolNo
Approximate Lot size2.5 Acres
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SubdivisionLakeview Country Estates
Brand New Custom Home in Lucas on 2+ Acres! 4,641 sq. ft. (per Builder) ...
Brand New Custom Home in Lucas on 2+ Acres! 4,641 sq. ft. (per Builder) Completed 2016 5 Bedrooms/ 4 Full ...
LISTED PRICE $ 799,500
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995 Hamilton, Lucas

Year built2003
SF2896 Sq Ft (+/-) Per Tax Rolls
Stories2
Bedrooms4
Baths3
Living areas3
Dining areas2
Study
Garage spaces3
PoolYes
Approximate Lot size2 Acres
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SubdivisionTara
Unbeatable Price Point in Lucas with Horse Facilities!   2,896 sq. ft. (per tax ...
Unbeatable Price Point in Lucas with Horse Facilities!   2,896 sq. ft. (per tax rolls) built in 2003 4 Bedrooms/ ...
LISTED PRICE $ 517,000

1722 Turnberry Lane, Allen

Year built2001
SF3936 Sq Ft (+/-) Per Tax Rolls
Stories2
Bedrooms0
Baths0
Living areas0
Dining areas0
Study
Garage spaces
Pool
Approximate Lot size.28 Acres
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SubdivisionCountry Brook
Lovely Two Story in Country Brook Estates 3,936 sq. ft. (per tax rolls) built ...
Lovely Two Story in Country Brook Estates 3,936 sq. ft. (per tax rolls) built in 2001 5 Bedrooms/ 4 Full ...
LISTED PRICE $ 509,900

1361 Red Oak Trail, Fairview

Approximate Lot size
School District
SubdivisionOak Meadows
Bring your Builder! 2 to 4.6 Acre Lots with Sweeping Views! Lovejoy ...
Bring your Builder! 2 to 4.6 Acre Lots with Sweeping Views! Lovejoy ISD! ...
LISTED PRICE $ 475,000

735 Blondy Jhune, Lucas

Year built1984
SF2121 Sq Ft (+/-) Per Tax Rolls
Stories2
Bedrooms3
Baths2
Living areas2
Dining areas1
StudyNo
Garage spaces4
PoolNo
Approximate Lot size2 Acres
School District
SubdivisionNone
One of a Kind Log Home 2,121 sq. ft. (per tax rolls) built in ...
One of a Kind Log Home 2,121 sq. ft. (per tax rolls) built in 1984 3 Bedrooms/ 2 Full Baths/ ...
LISTED PRICE $ 460,000

1370 Red Oak Trail, Fairview

Approximate Lot size
School District
SubdivisionOak Meadows
Bring your Builder! 2 to 4.6 Acre Lots with Sweeping Views! Lovejoy ...
Bring your Builder! 2 to 4.6 Acre Lots with Sweeping Views! Lovejoy ISD! ...
LISTED PRICE $ 450,000
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Approx. 5.227 Acres on Lewis Lane, Lucas

Approximate Lot size5.227 Acres
School District
SubdivisionNone
A very rare find in Lovejoy ISD! A lot not already controlled by a ...
A very rare find in Lovejoy ISD! A lot not already controlled by a builder or developer. Build your home ...
LISTED PRICE $ 399,000 Was $449,000

707 Elmbrook, Fairview

Approximate Lot size1 Acre
School District
SubdivisionTranquility Farms
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LISTED PRICE $ 339,000
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255 Winding Creek Dr, Lucas

Approximate Lot size2.4 Acres
School District
SubdivisionWinding Creek Reserve
2 acre lots, some heavily wooded, in Lucas with Lovejoy ISD! ...
2 acre lots, some heavily wooded, in Lucas with Lovejoy ISD! ...
LISTED PRICE $ 335,000

910 Foxglove, Fairview

Approximate Lot size1 Acre
School District
SubdivisionTranquility Farms
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LISTED PRICE $ 329,000

225 Winding Creek Dr, Lucas

Approximate Lot size2 Acres
School District
SubdivisionWinding Creek Reserve
2 acre lots, some heavily wooded, in Lucas with Lovejoy ISD! ...
2 acre lots, some heavily wooded, in Lucas with Lovejoy ISD! ...
LISTED PRICE $ 280,000

180 Lost Valley Dr, Lucas

Approximate Lot size2.1 Acres
School District
SubdivisionWinding Creek Reserve
2 acre lots, some heavily wooded, in Lucas with Lovejoy ISD! ...
2 acre lots, some heavily wooded, in Lucas with Lovejoy ISD! ...
LISTED PRICE $ 265,000

240 Winding Creek Dr, Lucas

Approximate Lot size2 Acres
School District
SubdivisionWinding Creek Reserve
2 acre lots, some heavily wooded, in Lucas with Lovejoy ISD! ...
2 acre lots, some heavily wooded, in Lucas with Lovejoy ISD! ...
LISTED PRICE $ 250,000

321 Kentucky Lane, Fairview

Year built
SF
Stories
Bedrooms0
Baths0
Living areas0
Dining areas0
Study
Garage spaces
Pool
Approximate Lot size
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Subdivision
2,111 sq. ft. (per tax) 2 Acres 4 Bedrooms/ 3 Full Baths/ Living Area/ Single ...
2,111 sq. ft. (per tax) 2 Acres 4 Bedrooms/ 3 Full Baths/ Living Area/ Single Story Fireplace/ 1 Dining Area / ...
For Lease $ 2,500 Per Month

1401 Red Oak Trail, Fairview

Year builtUnder Construction
SF6339 Sq Ft (+/-) Per Builder
Stories2
Bedrooms5
Baths5.2
Living areas3
Dining areas2
StudyYes
Garage spaces4
PoolYes
Approximate Lot size4.7
School District
SubdivisionOak Meadows
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LISTED PRICE $ 2,250,000

110 Lost Valley Dr, Lucas

Approximate Lot size2 Acres
School District
SubdivisionWinding Creek Reserve
2 acre lots, some heavily wooded, in Lucas with Lovejoy ISD! ...
2 acre lots, some heavily wooded, in Lucas with Lovejoy ISD! ...
LISTED PRICE $ 199,000

115 Winding Creek Dr, Lucas

Approximate Lot size2 Acres
School District
SubdivisionWinding Creek Reserve
2 acre lots, some heavily wooded, in Lucas with Lovejoy ISD! ...
2 acre lots, some heavily wooded, in Lucas with Lovejoy ISD! ...
LISTED PRICE $ 189,000
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1155 Christian Lane, Lucas

Year built
SF3,889 Sq Ft (+/-) Per Tax Rolls
Stories1
Bedrooms3
Baths3.5
Living areas2
Dining areas1
StudyYes
Garage spaces3
PoolYes
Approximate Lot size5 Acres
School District
SubdivisionNone
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LISTED PRICE $ 1,269,000 Was $1,369,000