RRISD Demographic Snapshot: Herrington brings nearly one-quarter total growth in District, property value continues to increase

Round Rock ISD continues to grow, with a projected enrollment of nearly 52,000 in 10 years — an increase of more than 3,600 students, according to the latest quarterly demographic reports supplied by Templeton Demographics.

The highest growth in the District can be attributed to land in the northeast corner of the RRISD attendance zone, centered around Herrington Elementary School. The area is responsible for nearly one-quarter of the District’s projected growth with more 1,266 future single family housing lots planned. Planned developments that will house future lots consist of Traditions at Vizcaya and Heritage at Vizcaya, the latter being an age-restricted development that is likely not to send students to Herrington.

High growth and property value increases in the Round Rock area has subjected the District to Chapter 41 of the Texas Education Code, allowing the State of Texas to recapture property tax funds from Round Rock ISD and distribute that money to property-poor school districts across Texas.

Along with growth in elementary school areas, high schools on the western and central areas of Round Rock ISD are facing overcrowding issues. A sixth high school, potentially funded by a successful Bond 2017 initiative, would relieve McNeil, Round Rock and Westwood high schools and prevent additions of more portable buildings on those campuses. McNeil and Westwood high schools are projected to house more than 3,000 students by the 2024-2025 school year, an average of 511 more students than either of the campuses’ capacities. Round Rock High School enrollment continues to creep toward 4,000 students, with a projected enrollment of 3,822 students in the 2022-2023 school year.