Schools of Choice
Schools of Choice Application Window for 2017-2018
Date: January 2, 2017 – February 28, 2017
Applications for our Schools of Choice (SOC) programs must be completed at the participating campus during the Transfer Window (January 2 - February 28, 2017). If you are applying for a SOC program at a campus other than your home campus, a Transfer Application must also be completed for that campus.
The participating schools are:
- Spanish Immersion: Bedford Heights, Meadow Creek, Viridian
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education: Central JH
- Suzuki Strings: Bellaire, Hurst Hills, Lakewood, North Euless, River Trails, Shady Brook, South Euless, Spring Garden, Viridian, Wilshire
- World Language: Viridian, Central JH
The HEB ISD Schools of Choice programs are different by design and provide academic advantages from elementary school through secondary school and beyond. Choices range from Suzuki Strings in elementary school to International Baccalaureate in high school. Students have opportunities to experience world languages and study abroad at international partner schools. Each program has its own set of requirements and its own academic path to completion. Parents love the freedom to decide which path is right for their child.
In select elementary schools, students have the opportunity to play the violin, viola, cello, and string bass using the internationally-renowned Suzuki instructional approach. Dr. Shinichi Suzuki created this method of teaching students to play string instruments. Research shows that playing a string instrument can positively affect students' abilities in core subjects, such as math, science, and reading. Students also have several options for participation in the award-winning secondary Orchestra program in grades 7 through 12. HEB ISD is the only school district in the area to have a K – 12 strings program.
India, China, and the Middle East are powerful players in the global economy and international relations. Our students need to be given the skills to compete with the best of the students from these regions, for access to the best schools and the best jobs. One way that HEB ISD provides students an edge over their international competition is to give them opportunities to learn a second language. Students in seventh grade have been able to take Hindi or Mandarin Chinese since 2006 and have been able to take Arabic since 2011. Beginning in fall 2014, students at the new Viridian Elementary School will also be able to learn these languages through Elementary World Languages. This is the first program of its kind in HEB ISD. It will establish a strong foundation about the history, traditions, art, and music associated with three world languages, as well as provide an understanding of oral vocabulary skills in grades 1-3.In grades 4-6, formal targeted language instruction can begin in the language the students decide to choose. HEB ISD also has study abroad opportunities so students can use their new-found language skills with host families and partner schools in India, China, and Morocco.
International Baccalaureate is a demanding pre-university course of study designed for highly motivated and academically talented high school juniors and seniors. In order to maximize the IB experience, students are encouraged to take pre-IB classes, beginning in junior high. Beyond the academic requirements in six core subject areas, IB students are also required to engage in community service, individual research, and an inquiry into the nature of knowledge. Those who complete the program take the required exams to qualify for the IB diploma. The IB program provides students with access to the world's leading universities. Students who earn an IB Diploma have a true head start on successful post-secondary and post-collegiate life. IB students are offered considerable scholarships and credit hours by public and private universities across the country. The IB program is so beneficial that Texas Senate Bill 111 requires state-funded institutes of higher education to award at least 24 hours of college credit (effective Sept. 1, 2005) to students scoring 4 or above (on a seven-point scale) on all IB exams.
Science is everywhere in the world around us, Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives, Engineering is the basic design of construction and Mathematics is in every occupation and activity of our days. According to the US Council on Foreign Relations, over 60% of US employers are having difficulties finding qualified workers and the district’s new STEM Education program offers opportunities in advanced Science and Math classes as well as an introduction to Engineering and Technology programs to help fill these gaps in our country’s workforce.
At the junior high level, the STEM Education program is only offered at Central Junior High School. Students from all of the district’s junior high schools are allowed to transfer to Central to participate and the program continues in high school level at the Buinger Career and Technical Education Academy, where Robotics, Aerospace (drones and rockets), and multiple industry career certification opportunities are available. Our STEM-educated students have the opportunity to develop, design and build solutions to today’s real-world problems!