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Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD

District Name: Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD

Website: https://www.hebisd.edu/

District Size & Class Size: 22,780 students

Grade Level Alignment: Elementary K–6; Junior High School 7–9; High school 10–12   

Texas A-F Accountability Rating: This district received an A.

DistrictIn addition to meeting standard, HEB ISD was one of only 26 districts statewide to earn the Post-Secondary Readiness Distinction.

All CampusesAll HEB ISD campuses earned at least one distinction. Trinity High School, Euless Junior High School, Shady Oaks Elementary School, and River Trails Elementary School made a clean sweep by earning all possible distinctions. 

Distinguishing Characteristics: The Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD was founded in 1958 when three cities kept their local governments separate but merged their school districts in order to become even more competitive and high performing. HEB ISD’s rich history of excellence is demonstrated today through International Baccalaureate, Asian languages, Spanish Immersion, Core Knowledge Pre-K, and partner schools in China and India. These international programs provide HEB ISD students a world-class education that prepares them to compete in a global economy. HEB ISD is rich with diversity, which gives the district a distinctly international flavor. Students come from homes where more than 70 different native languages are spoken. These include children from Pakistan, the Sudan, Mexico, India, Vietnam, and South Korea. The HEB community has one of the largest Tongan populations outside of the South Pacific.

Specializations and Program Offerings: HEB ISD provides students an added advantage by offering academic enrichment programs, such as Spanish Immersion, Suzuki Strings, Core Knowledge, International Baccalaureate, Elementary World Languages, and the International Business Initiative, which offers Hindi, Mandarin, and Arabic languages beginning in seventh grade. The new Gene A. Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy opened August 2014.  The facility is 140,000 square feet and features instructional space for various career paths in Animation, Architecture, Audio/Video Production, Automotive Technology, Collision Repair & Refinishing, Computer Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Education, Engineering, Health Science and Law & Public Safety.

Extracurricular: Suzuki Strings is offered to more than 400 students at eight of the district’s 20 elementary campuses as part of the Schools of Choice program. Suzuki students in grades 4, 5 and 6 may audition for the HEB Elementary Honor Orchestra and Fine Tuners.  Elementary students are also provided the opportunity to audition for and participate in the HEB Elementary Honor Choir.  At the junior high level, students may develop their talents in art, band, choir, orchestra, or theatre arts. At the high school level, HEB ISD offers special interest classes in music (Band, Choir, Piano, Theory, IB Music, Jazz Band and Show Choir), Art (Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Jewelry, Graphic Design and Electronic Media) and IB/AP Art, Theatre Arts(Theatre I-IV, Theatre Production, Technical Theatre I-IV), and Dance I-IV.

No Texas curriculum would be complete without athletics, and HEB ISD offers a wide range of award-winning athletic programs for secondary students. Programs include baseball, basketball, football, golf, gymnastics, softball, soccer, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling.

Cheerleading, drill team, color guard, clubs, student council, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, math and science academic groups, language clubs, running clubs, and many more make up the multitude of opportunities for students to become involved on campus and in the community.

Safety and Security:

The mission of Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD in an emergency is to:

•Protect lives and property

•Mitigate the effects of a disaster

•Prepare for emergencies and disasters

•Respond to emergencies promptly and properly

•Aid in recovery from incidents, emergencies, and disasters

The goals of Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD are to:

•Provide emergency management for students, staff, and visitors to school facilities through planning, training, drilling/exercising, and equipping to level of scale and funding

•Coordinate the use of school and community resources through the four phases of emergency management

•Restore normalcy, including continuity of operations and psychological recovery

•Provide detailed and accurate documentation of emergencies and after-action reports to aid in the recovery process as well as to prevent/mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from future incidents more effectively.

High schools and junior high schools have school resource officers, which are available to help with elementary feeder schools. All schools have security cameras. All volunteers are required to undergo a comprehensive background check. Elementary schools and junior high schools also have the Positive Proof check in system that logs visitors into campus and provides each visitor with a name tag. Elementary schools and junior high schools have controlled access buzzer systems at the campus entrance.

M&O/I&S Tax Rates and Last Bond Passage: M & O tax rate is 1.04; I&S is 0.335 Last bond passage 2011

Average Home Value in District: $129,614           

Selling Points: The unique academic enrichment programs are in addition to stellar fine arts programs, which have placed HEB ISD on the prestigious listing of the “Best Communities for Music Education” for eight years in a row.HEB ISD is named to SchoolMatch “What Parents Want” list each year.

HEB ISD achieves a Superior Achievement rating each year in the FIRST financial assessment; ASBO Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting 13 years in a row; GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting 13 years in a row; S&P + Fitch underlying/unenhanced credit rating is AA+ (very strong); Enhanced Credit Rating is AAA (PSF Guarantee).

District Philosophy: The mission of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District is to continue its proud tradition of excellence as a diverse, high-performing organization committed to ensuring each student is empowered today to excel tomorrow.