Preparing Students for Tomorrow — Caring for Them Today


The philosophy of the Cleveland Independent School District is to build a community of empowered, life-long learners, in a way that staff and community support can take pride in Cleveland ISD, so that we can develop successful, productive, responsible, and healthy citizens of the world.



Dual Credit Hours


Industry Certifications






2017 Awarded the College Board AP Honor Roll

Continuous 50+ years of the UIL #1 Award-Winning Royal Braves Band Military Marching Band

CISD is the Fastest Growing District in the state of Texas

2019 Texas FIRST Rating of “A” Superior

2018-2024 Texas Gear Up Grant Awardee

In the last 5 years, Cleveland ISD had 3 Bond elections that have passed- 2015 Bond $35m, 2017 Bond $80m, 2019 Bond $198m

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Chris Trotter

Mr. Chris Trotter is a fifth-generation educator with roots in Liberty County from the time he was a middle school student. He started kindergarten in Dayton ISD and his father, Raymond Trotter, was superintendent of Hardin ISD for a number of years before the family moved to Winnsboro. His post-secondary education began at Navarro Junior College where he earned an associate degree while also playing college baseball. He completed his undergraduate degree and math certification at Texas A & M University. Trotter’s first post in education took him to North Richland Middle School in Birdville ISD where he taught math and coached. Subsequent teaching and administrative positions were for R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, L.D. Bell High School in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Denison High School in Denison ISD, Creekview High School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD and Smithson Valley High School in San Antonio ISD. With each new position in his 28-year career, he worked his way into administrative positions. With Tomball ISD, he has had an opportunity to be involved in a fast-growing school district that has faced some of the challenges that Cleveland ISD now faces. He says he is looking forward to leading Cleveland ISD and returning to Liberty County. His wife, Rachel, is the daughter of Coach Jerry Brim, who was a coach at Hardin ISD many years ago. The Trotters have two children – Ian, 19, and Kaylee, who is a graduate of Texas A & M.

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