Mission and Goals

Mission of the District

The mission of the Windham School District (WSD), in partnership with its stakeholders, is to provide quality educational opportunities.

Goals of the District

The goals of the district in educating its students are to :

  1. reduce recidivism;
  2. reduce the cost of confinement or imprisonment;
  3. increase the success of former inmates in obtaining and maintaining employment;
  4. provide an incentive to inmates to behave in positive ways during confinement or imprisonment.

Texas Education Code § 19.003


The Windham School District (WSD) was established by the Texas Board of Corrections in 1969 and shall be known as the Windham School District, an entity that is separate and distinct from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The district may establish and operate schools at the various facilities of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. 

Texas Education Code § 19.002



Success Stories

Success Story IconNEW - Better future after prison - "It's mind-blowing and inspirational to know that you can have a better future after prison"

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"He [Mr. Leblanc] taught me things that even the guys rebuilding transmissions for many years didn't know."

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"You are inspiring people you haven’t even met!"

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"I talk to them about how important education is and how hard I'm trying to prove that to them."


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WSD in Images

Each day WSD correctional educators pass through prison gates across Texas to work with men and women incarcerated within TDCJ.
Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
An offender at the Polunsky Unit prepares for graduation after earning his GED through the Windham School District.
Texas State Board of Education Chair Barbara Cargill congratulates GED recipients during Spring, 2014, ceremonies. “I am very impressed with the program and with the commitment of the staff and teachers,” she said.
Female offenders in Gatesville, Texas, study to improve their literacy skills during a WSD academic class.
WSD’s Business and Image Management & Multimedia (BIMM) class offers students the opportunity to learn viable graphic arts and computer skills, helping them prepare for jobs after release.