Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Information & Real Estate

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD

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The Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD serves students from kindergarten through twelfth grade in several communities. Based in Bedford, the district also encompasses the larger parts of Euless and Hurst as well as smaller areas of Colleyville, Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, and Arlington. Nearly 22,000 students attend district schools.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD: A Brief History

The first school building in the Bedford area was a simple log structure in the early 1860s. A frame building at Spring Garden replaced the log schoolhouse after the Civil War. Fire destroyed the building about 20 years later. Milton Moore donated land for the construction of Bedford College, combining both elementary and high school in a single institution. Fire destroyed this structure, too, and the community replaced it with a brick building in 1915. The school merged with the Hurst-Euless District in 1958. The Old Bedford School became a meetinghouse and special event venue in 1969. 

Euless and Hurst merged into a single district in 1955. Bedford joined in 1958. That first year, seven schools provided opportunities for education to 3,116 students. In 1965, the district initiated racial integration by adopting the Head Start program. It fully integrated all schools by 1968.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD: An Overview

The grade configuration within Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD varied from most Texas districts. Elementary school encompasses kindergarten through sixth grade; junior high consists of seventh though ninth, creating three-year high schools.

Core Knowledge drives the curriculum consistently throughout the district. This is not the same as Common Core, although they enjoy some similarities. Core Knowledge builds upon what students know and emphasizes non-fiction texts. The rigorous curriculum of a Core Knowledge school will prepare students to succeed when they face the Common Core standards, but incorporate art and music into the overall program as essential, not expendable, which Common Core schools do not. While other states are struggling to adapt their curriculum to new standards, the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD has been offering a Core Knowledge-based curriculum for nine years in all district schools.

The district has offered a number of innovative programs to enhance the educational experience of its students, such as the International Baccalaureate diploma program, a high academic curriculum in which students study college-level courses. The first district in Texas to offer the IB program in all high schools, it has enjoyed exemplary results. In 2012, students in the program have demonstrated an 83 percent passing rate on the exams compared to a US percentage of 66.9 and global rate of 78.4 percent.

The district also offers Advanced Placement classes, which often earn students college credit for high-test scores. Another innovation the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD offers is Spanish Immersion for English speakers starting in first grade. Throughout elementary school, the students study all classes in Spanish with fluency the ultimate goal. 

The district has offered automotive technician training since 1971, achieving certification from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation in 2006. The certification covers brakes, suspension and steering, electrical electronic systems and more, ensuring that more students are prepared to enter the work force upon graduation.

The Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD encompasses 28 schools including 20 elementary, five junior high, two traditional and one non-traditional high school. The location of their homes dictates the school students attend, but they may apply for other schools in order to participate in special programs not offered at all locations.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD: Highlights

While the Texas Education Agency rating system has deemed the district “recognized”, the accolades it has earned would indicate much greater. The TEA has rated the district “superior” in the Financial Integrity Rating System. Education Resource Group has named it top district in the state based on student performance and other key achievements. The ERG also named the district the top school district in the state for “Best Practices” in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

In the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests, the percentage of students meeting the standards exceeds regional and state averages. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized four schools in the district.

Both traditional high schools ranked on Newsweek’s 2007 list of the top 1,200 high schools in the country based on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate testing.

According to the American Music Conference, the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD is one of the "Best Communities for Music Education".

In 2006, the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD earned a special proclamation recognizing a history of support for teacher salaries at all levels. Within the 32 school districts in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, the district ranked in the top three in all categories. This included new teachers without experience through those with 30 years of experience holding master’s degrees.

SchoolMatch has consistently given the district the What Parents Want Award, since 1992. This rating applies to the top 16 percent of the 15,571 districts the organization monitors based on parent questionnaires, academics, special programs and more.

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