HEB ISD offers a wide range of athletic programs for secondary students. Programs vary by grade level and include football, baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, track and field, gymnastics, swimming, golf, volleyball, and wrestling. For more information, call the Athletic Department at 817.399.2322 or 817.399.2323.
Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District offers students a broad educational program stressing intellectual development, occupational and economic competence, citizenship, personal and social development, health, and physical fitness. Course content and teaching methods are designed to accommodate the needs of each student. Deputy Superintendent for Instruction, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Administration, and Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Administration facilitate curriculum development and the direction of district programs. Curriculum coordinators and directors, who are subject area specialists, regularly visit campuses to work with principals, assistant principals, instructional resource assistants and teachers in developing instructional strategies that will enhance the education of each student.
HEB ISD is one of a handful of districts with a centrally located Career and Technical Education Academy to serve secondary students (grades 10-12). The Academy offers a variety of career and technology (career and technical education) options including computer animation, health science technology, and media technology. Students are able to provide services to the community while learning culinary arts, engineering, computer-aided drafting, cosmetology, computer technology and other career preparation skills. The automotive technology and automotive collision repair programs are NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) certified. HEB ISD is on the leading edge of preparing students for the highly competitive global economy of today and tomorrow.
Each school provides a daily breakfast and lunch. Students may pay for meals in cash or by using an account in which any amount of money may be deposited. Money may be deposited at any time and designated for breakfast, lunch, or other food. Online payment (deposit) is available as well. The district participates in the National School Lunch Program and offers free and reduced-price meals based on household size and income.
The Code of Conduct is available on the District's Publications & Downloads webpage.
School guidance and student counseling is available to all students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12. Counselors work as part of the educational team by helping students gain the most benefit possible from their school experience. Counselors serve as a resource in offering strategies for behavior and academic management. They play an important role in individual assessment and placement of students. HEB ISD counselors help students discover their strengths and needs, set realistic goals, and plan their education. Counselors also work with staff members in a "student services" approach to identify students and families dealing with issues that may become obstacles to success in school. HEB ISD counselors are able to link these families to a network of services available in the district and the community. Assistance is available through positive peer-group activities, campus support groups, and confidential referral for evaluation, care, and treatment of students and family members.
Uniforms are not required but all students must abide by the dress code outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
HEB ISD has many challenging and rewarding career opportunities in areas including teaching, substitute teaching, administration, child nutrition, maintenance, transportation, and custodial services. For more information on current employment opportunities, please click on the Careers tab and view job openings.
English as a Second Language is available to students who exhibit limited proficiency in English. Bilingual classes in Spanish are offered on designated campuses for eligible students in grades pre-kindergarten through five. English as a Second Language classes provide instruction to students who speak languages other than English. The coursework includes listening activities to enable students to increase accuracy in comprehension, speaking activities to allow students to learn to express themselves, and reading and writing activities. Activities that teach American cultural patterns are integrated into the curriculum.
Elementary curriculum provides a well-balanced education focusing on language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and health. Students also learn to use new technology. Art, music, and physical education specialists work with classroom teachers to enhance the students' academic experience. A full-time librarian is on each campus to assist students in learning library and research skills.
The Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District is open to all students residing within district boundaries who meet state eligibility requirements. Students attend schools in the attendance area where their parents reside. The district also accepts out-of-district transfers with no enrollment fee for students who are accepted into the secondary (grades 7-12) Board-approved Schools of Choice program which are International Baccalaureate, Asian Languages/ International Business Initiative, and Orchestra. Children must be five years old on or before September 1 of the current school year to enroll in kindergarten. To attend first grade, the student must be six years old on or before September 1 of the current school year or have been enrolled in the first grade or completed kindergarten in public school prior to transferring to the district. Parents should register at the neighborhood school serving their residential address. Proof of legal name, age, and documentation of compliance with state immunization requirements should be presented at the time of enrollment.
HEB ISD is pleased to offer an affordable, safe, and fun after school program available to students at all 20 elementary campuses. Each day children have the opportunity to finish homework, complete daily reading, play in the gym and outside, as well as participate in art, craft, and game activities. The program is open to students in all elementary grade levels and is open each school day from 3pm - 6pm. Please visit the HEB ISD Extended Day Academy Department site
for more information.
The Fine Arts Department is designed to provide a multitude of opportunities for students to develop creative talents, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. HEB ISD has art and music specialists in every elementary school with creative drama specialists in two schools and creative drama leaders in the other sixteen. 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 band, choir, art, speech or theater. At the high school level, HEB ISD offers special interest classes in music (Band, Choir, Piano, Theory, Jazz Band and Show Choir), art (Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Jewelry, Graphic Design and Electronic Media) and AP Art, theater (Theater I-IV, Theater Production, Technical Theater I-IV), dance I-IV, and speech (Debate, Speech Communication, Oral Interpretation and Public Speaking). The arts programs have won many awards and are recognized for their excellence at the state and national levels. Fine arts students receive college scholarships every year. Many graduates return to teach in HEB ISD's fine arts program, pursue professional careers in the arts, and/or become lifelong arts participants and supporters in the community. For more information call the Director of Fine Arts (817) 283-4461, ext. 2073.
Students identified as gifted in general intellectual ability according to criteria established by HEB ISD may participate in the district's STEPS (Strategies and Techniques for Enriching Primary Students) or PEAK (Pupils Excelling in Ability and Knowledge) programs. These HEB ISD programs are based on the unique learning needs of gifted and talented students. They provide differentiated and enriched curriculum to build on the strengths of these students as they prepare for higher education and leadership roles in society. The STEPS program is designed for students in kindergarten through third grade. Students are cluster-grouped and taught by teachers who have training in gifted education. Gifted students in grades four and five participate in the PEAK program which nurtures the development and enhancement of the student's cognitive and creative abilities, focusing on abstract and logical conceptualization and problem-solving, research skills, computer and technology applications, and independent study in a peer-group setting. Sixth grade gifted students are served through the Pre-AP/IB language arts and math classes as well as periodic pull-out days designed to provide experiences with gifted strategies in the sciences and technology. Gifted secondary students meet daily in a Pre-AP/IB/GT or AP/IB/GT English class, which satisfies the English course requirement. As an enhancement to the programs for highly motivated, academically talented students, the district offers Advanced Placement classes and the International Baccalaureate program, both of which provide college-level, rigorous content for the college bound student.
Please refer to the Course Description Book for the latest graduation requirements.
When the program began in HEB ISD, L.D. Bell High School and Trinity High School were two of only 28 Texas high schools which offered the prestigious International Baccalaureate
diploma program. HEB ISD has the distinction of being one of the few districts in the world to have the rigorous IB diploma program on multiple campuses. Offered in over 2500 schools in more than 115 countries, the International Baccalaureate diploma program is organized by the IBO, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is designed to encourage students to become critical thinkers and compassionate citizens by offering a classical education that incorporates research, college-level course content, writing, authentic assessment, and community service. Texas students who earn the International Baccalaureate diploma by passing internal and external exams in six subjects and completing research and service requirements are automatically awarded 24 credit hours at Texas public universities.
State law requires that students be immunized against communicable diseases. Information concerning exemptions from immunization requirements for medical or religious conflicts should be directed to the principal's office. Please refer to the Health Services Department
for current requirements.
In the event of inclement weather, the superintendent may close or delay the start of school. Parents and students should visit the district's web site, www.hebisd.edu, for current and accurate weather-related postings. Alternatively, information will also be posted on the district's official Facebook page. They should also listen to local radio and television stations, including WBAP 820 AM, KRLD AM, KDFW Channel 4, KXAS Channel 5, WFAA Channel 8, and KTVT Channel 11. Parents are encouraged to subscribe to School Backpack, the district's e-news bulletin. Inclement weather makeup days are no longer scheduled in the school calendar, as a result of updates to state law that provide more flexibility in school schedules.
The KEYS (Keeping Eligible Youth in School) High School offers a unique approach to effective education for HEB ISD students ages 16 through 21 who have been identified as having significant personal, academic, economic, or attitudinal needs. Students who have dropped out of high school or who are at risk of dropping out may complete the required coursework for graduation at the KEYS High School. Individualized instruction, computer-aided instruction, self-esteem enhancement, and flexible scheduling are the keynotes of the learning center's approach to education.
All 20 HEB ISD elementary campuses have all-day kindergarten programs. Research overwhelmingly shows that a full-day kindergarten program has a positive long-term impact on academic performance.
A state-mandated program to enrich language development is available for students who will be four years old on or before September 1 and who meet other specific criteria. Students must either be of limited English proficiency or must qualify for the free/reduced-price lunch program. Pre-kindergarten is taught on 13 elementary campuses and is available to all students who qualify. Transportation is not provided. For more information, call (817) 283-4461, ext. 2084.
A report of a student's grades and absences is issued every six weeks. At the end of the first three weeks of a grading period, parents will be notified if the student's grade average is near or below 70. If a student receives a six-weeks grade of less than 70 in any class or subject, the parent will be asked to schedule a conference with the teacher of that class or subject.
HEB ISD secondary curriculum provides students access to numerous electives as they begin to explore options for their future. The HEB ISD junior high schools follow a semester plan with seven class periods in a school day. Two 18-week semesters make up the school year, and credits are granted at the end of each semester. High school students are encouraged to fully explore their interests through a wide variety of electives, career and technology programs, and extracurricular activities. Students are able to concentrate on development in specific academic areas and to explore career paths while preparing for employment and/or higher education. HEB ISD high schools follow a trimester plan with five class periods in a school day. Three 12-week trimesters make up the school year with credits being granted at the end of each trimester. This schedule allows ample time for students to earn required credits while taking full advantage of elective offerings.
Senate Bill 31 was recently signed into law by Governor Perry and requires a school district to provide information relating to bacterial meningitis to its students and their parents each school year. We have posted the information below. If you would like a copy of SB 31, a copy may be obtained on-line at the following address: www.capitol.state.tx.us
. If you have questions about this legislation, please, call 512-463-9283.
HEB ISD has a comprehensive Special Education Department to meet the needs of every eligible student. Each program is distinctive and offers challenging paths that will prepare students to achieve their greatest growth potential. The type of program, service, and amount of time spent in general and/or special education is determined on an individual basis by an Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee. The district employs educational diagnosticians, school psychologists, special education curriculum consultants, speech therapists, and various related service personnel. District special education programs include the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities for students ages three through six, Functional Curriculum, Mental Health/Behavior Intervention, Academic Remediation and Intervention, Transition Planning and Programming, Homebound Education and Speech Therapy. Students with visual and/or hearing impairments are provided services from birth to age 22. For more information, call the Director of Special Education at (817) 283-4461, ext. 2046.
The Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District believes that every student should have the opportunity to learn in a safe, orderly, and supportive school environment. At the beginning of the school year, a Student Code of Conduct booklet containing information regarding student discipline will be distributed to students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
State law requires students new to the district to provide proof of legal name and birth date. The original document, certified copy, or photocopy made and certified by the county clerk or other official of any of the following documents is acceptable: adoption records, birth certificate, church baptismal record, driver's license, hospital birth records, passport, school ID card, records, report card, or any other legal document that establishes identity. Satisfactory evidence of compliance with state immunization requirements should also be presented at the time of enrollment. Parents should bring a report card and withdrawal form from the previously attended district. A release of information card must be signed upon enrollment in HEB ISD so the school may obtain the student's official transcript from the previously attended district.
A summer school program is offered for remediation in grades seven through 12 and acceleration in grades 10 through 12. In addition, an elementary extended year program is offered for qualified students.
Transfer Question/Answer Documents
- applies to Intradistrict Transfers (Transfers Within the District for Resident Students) and Interdistrict Transfers (Transfers From Outside the District for Nonresident Students)
The Transition Program was developed by the district in 1996. The mission of the HEB ISD Transition Program is to meet the needs of students with disabilities ages 19 to 22 through an individualized transition plan. Students participating in the program explore a variety of job sites and may secure and maintain a job in the community with the support of Transition Center personnel. The process may include post-secondary education, integrated employment, vocational training, adult services, continuing and adult education, independent living, community participation, and recreation and leisure. For more information, call the Director of Special Education at (817) 283-4461, ext. 2046.
The district provides transportation for students who live two or more miles from the school that serves their residential address. Bus service is also available to special education students who meet eligibility requirements. For more information, call the Transportation Department at (817) 283-4461, ext. 2453.
Failure to Attend is defined as an individual, required to attend school under Section 25.085 of the Texas Education Code, who is absent without excuse on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period or three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period (parts of days includes tardies). An excused absence is determined by the teacher, principal, or superintendent of the school in which the student is enrolled per Section 25.087(a) of the Education Code. It is the parent(s)' responsibility to monitor the student's attendance, and the parent, subsequently, is subject to prosecution (Section 25.093, Texas Education Code) if the student fails to comply with the compulsory attendance laws. The student is also subject to prosecution (Section 25.094, TEC) or referral to the juvenile court if he/she fails to attend school as required by law. Excessive absences over the 90% attendance rule must have a doctor's note within three days of each illness (HEB Board Policy: FEC Regulation).
An offense is defined as being absent without excuse from 2 or more class periods (or hours for elementary students) during a school day. The offense may be a one-day confirmed truancy or two consecutive days with no parent/guardian contact.
- First Offense Detention Hall or Saturday School Referral to District Truancy Office may apply for consecutive days offense
- Second Offense Detention Hall or Saturday School Referral to District Truancy Office
- Third Offense Three days at Crossroads (high school) or ISS (junior high) Referral to District Truancy Office/District action applied
- Fourth Offense Five days at Crossroads (high school and junior high) If necessary, off-campus citations issued to the student and/or parent Data submitted to the municipal court
Tutorial programs are available according to state mandates to each student whose grade average is below 70 in one or more core subjects. Also, students who are in jeopardy of scoring below 70 in a subject for a six-weeks period are considered for the tutoring program.
Curriculum Guide for Human Immunodeficiency Syndrome and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases Grades K-12
Courses in French and Spanish are offered in grades seven and eight. Arabic, Hindi and Mandarin Chinese are offered as part of the World Language Program at Viridian Elemenaty and the International Business Initiative at Central Jr. High only. At the high school level, students can choose classes in American Sign Language, French, German, and Spanish. Advanced Placement courses are available in French and Spanish.