Curriculum & Instruction
PREPARING FOR THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE
Students today face more challenges than ever. Texas education standards continue to increase, and the school district curriculum must also increase its rigor to help students be successful. When students graduate, they will compete against peers from other countries for admission to top universities and for positions in the global economy. The education that students receive in HEB ISD helps prepares them for life on their own, whether they pursue college, advanced technical training, or immediately enter the workforce. While the district provides the best teachers and a superior curriculum, in the end, it is each student's responsibility to take charge of their learning. The Continuous Improvement (CI) model ensures that each student has the necessary resources to take ownership of their education.
In order to give students the "edge" they need to compete in a global marketplace when they graduate from HEB ISD, district staff have implemented a Continuous Improvement (CI) model to make HEB ISD more efficient and effective in its efforts to provide a quality education for all students. Using the CI model means aligning efforts at the district, department, campus, teacher, and ultimately, the student level. Everyone must work together to prepare each student for the future.
40 DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS
The CI model also incorporates the 40 Developmental Assets, which is part of Safe, Healthy, and Nurturing Schools. When students are truly responsible for their own learning, they build positive characteristics within themselves. They visualize a positive future and engage in positive behavior to fulfill that personal vision. When students are motivated to succeed, they become motivated to help others succeed. Research demonstrates time and again the tangible benefits of both the CI model and the 40 Developmental Assets in providing students with the "edge" they need to succeed in life outside HEB ISD.
- HEB ISD is the #1 school district in Texas for academic achievement and #3 for financial operations according to Education Resource Group (ERG), which monitors the more than 1,000 charter and public school districts in Texas. This “bang for the buck” demonstrates how HEB ISD targets its resources to help student achievement.
- HEB ISD has three Pre-K programs to provide early childhood education: Early Start, which combines Head Start with traditional half-day Pre-K; Core Knowledge Pre-Kindergarten, a tuition-based program that uses the Core Knowledge curriculum; and the state-mandated half-day program, designed to enrich language development.
- HEB ISD offers Schools of Choice programs including Suzuki Strings and Spanish Immersion. Parents can apply to transfer students to schools that offer these special classes.
- HEB ISD now offers the International Business Initiative, which provides Arabic, Hindi and Mandarin Chinese language classes in junior high school, in order to help prepare students for life in a global economy.
- HEB ISD has nationally recognized visual and performing arts programs, including band, choir, art, and theatre.