Fort Bend Independent School District
16431 Lexington Blvd
Sugar Land, TX 77479
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- (281) 634-1099
Fort Bend Independent School District
As one of the largest districts in Texas, Fort Bend ISD spans 170 square miles and is located in the northeast part of Fort Bend County, just southwest of Houston and Harris County. The district maintains over 1,200 acres of land, 74 schools and 13 other sites for administration, athletics, agriculture, and the FBISD Police Department. The district encompasses the incorporated cities of Missouri City, Sugar Land, Richmond, Arcola and Meadows Place, a small portion of Houston and the communities of Clodine, DeWalt, Rosharon and Fresno.
To serve a growing population, FBISD has 74 campuses (11 high schools, 14 middle schools and 45 elementary campuses). To address various vocational interests and special learning needs, the district also has a Technical Education Center, the M.R. Wood Center for Learning, the Ferndell Henry Center for Learning, and the Progressive High School.
Among its many honors, Fort Bend ISD was selected by the Character Education Partnership (CEP) in Washington, D.C. as the only school district in the nation to be named a 2011 National District of Character.
FBISD has 50 students who were named semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholar Program and eight students selected as semifinalists in the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program. The 2011 FBISD graduating senior class received academic and athletic scholarship offers totaling more than $52 million. The FBISD AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program was named an Exemplary Program by the Texas High School Project Grant Program. Last year, 2,142 Career and Technical Education students successfully obtained industry certifications and licensures in 32 different areas such as Microsoft Office Specialist, Pro-Start (Culinary Arts), Automotive Service Technician, and Cosmetology.
Five FBISD Schools – Clements High School, Fort Settlement Middle School, Commonwealth Elementary School, Drabek Elementary School, Walker Station Elementary School – were named 2011 Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) Honor Roll Schools. The Washington Post ranked Clements, Austin, Kempner, Travis, Dulles and Elkins High Schools as six of the Top 2011 High Schools in the Nation. These schools represent the top six percent of all public high schools in the nation. Rankings are determined by a combination of the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) tests given at the schools, compared to the number of graduating seniors. FBISD has 12 National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) 2011 Higher Performing Schools. They are: Austin High, Clements High, First Colony Middle, Fort Settlement Middle, Garcia Middle, Quail Valley Middle, Sartartia Middle, Colony Meadows Elementary, Commonwealth Elementary, Quail Valley Elementary, Scanlan Oaks Elementary, and Walker Station Elementary.
Fort Bend ISD was named a 2011 "Best Community for Music Education" by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). The district is recognized for its leadership in providing school-based, music education programs to young people in our community. Forty-six (46) Fort Bend ISD high school students were selected as 2012 Texas All-State Musicians by the Texas Music Educators Association. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. More than 1,500 students are selected through a process that began with more than 60,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 13 ensembles (bands, orchestras and choirs). Fort Bend ISD band, choir and orchestra programs were named winners in the 2011 Mark of Excellence project. National winners honored in the program were: Austin High School's String Orchestra, Clements High School's Symphonic Band and Varsity Men's Choir, and Sartartia Middle School's String Orchestra. Earning recognition as Commended Winners were Austin High School's Symphony Orchestra and Dulles High School's Honors Orchestra. The FBISD honorees were among 161 of the finest musical ensembles in the nation, representing 32 states, to enter the competition.
The Region XIII Education Service Center and The Texas Education Agency (TEA) selected Fort Bend ISD's School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) to receive the "Characteristics of an Effective School Health Advisory Council" award. The award recognizes school districts that have demonstrated and plan to demonstrate their excellence and effectiveness as a SHAC in enhancing the health of students, staff, and community members within their local school district.
Parent and community support plays an integral role in the district's commitment to academic excellence. The district's Volunteers/Partnerships program, a coordinated effort with the Fort Bend Education Foundation, continues to win numerous state awards and serves as a catalyst to develop new and creative ways for the community to partner with FBISD schools to help students be successful.
Business and community partners donated more than $2.6 million to educational programs, with in-kind donations and direct financial support in 2010-2011. Volunteers In Public Schools (VIPS) recorded more than 296,000 volunteer hours in FBISD schools last year. If you attach the rate of $21.47 per hour (a rate established by the Independent Sector), more than $6 million in volunteer services were donated to assist students in just one year. Since its inception in 1992, The Fort Bend Education Foundation has awarded more than $3.2 million to FBISD teachers and schools. In 2010-2011, the Education Foundation awarded $222,422 for classroom grants.
Fort Bend ISD is proud of the fact that it is one of the most diverse school districts in Texas and in the nation. FBISD is a majority minority school district comprised of 29.44% Black, 26.07% Hispanic/Latino, 21.76% Asian, 19.72% White, 2.32% Multi-Racial, .56% American Indian/Alaskan Native and .14% Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islanders. As a multicultural school district, FBISD students represent countries from around the world. More than 90 different dialects and languages are spoken by the District's students and their families. For more information, please call 281-634-1000 or visit the district's website at: www.fortbendisd.com.