Career and Technical Education at FBISD

FBISD is widely recognized as one of the premier school districts for Texas families. Comprising 82 campuses – 11 high schools and 51 elementary schools – it serves over 118,000 students annually.

District programs include an innovative Early College High School that blends together both high school and college coursework.

Voter approved bond funds enable school districts to make upgrades and improvements on existing campuses, without impacting those eligible for 65+ or disabled homestead exemption. If passed, this bond would not impact those with these exemptions.

Whole Child Health Initiative

FBISD Skyward is committed to the Whole Child Initiative, which recognizes that children cannot learn if their bodies and minds are not healthy. This initiative establishes five tenets that guide district and school level efforts towards making sure students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Tenets outlined here follow Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which established the idea that certain needs must be satisfied before others can be satisfied. To assist schools in meeting these goals, MA Roadmap for School Health Policies utilizes systems thinking principles while prioritizing equity while designing for sustainability.

Faithful Paws Pet Therapy provides emotional and behavioral health support services for our students across all campuses, while Sugar Land Counseling Center provides therapeutic counseling through VOCA funds for those qualifying. Both of these services can be found throughout all our schools – please reach out to your child’s school counselor for more details.

Career and Technical Education

Students pursuing career and technical education (CTE) programs have the chance to acquire skills that will prove useful in any industry. Available across middle, secondary, and postsecondary settings, CTE provides practical experience rather than theory-based programs.

Fort Bend ISD’s James Reese Career and Technical Center in Sugar Land, Texas showcases a diverse array of careers through cutting-edge vocational education. You may see chefs jackets, medical scrubs or automotive work uniforms among the many outfits worn at Fort Bend’s James Reese Center for Career and Technical Learning in Sugar Land, reflecting its wide-ranging array of careers available today.

Formerly known as vocational education, career-and-technical education (CTE) provides youth with an engaging combination of academic and practical learning experiences to prepare them for a variety of careers and further studies. CTE programs receive funding through the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (P.L. 115-224), more commonly referred to as Perkins V. The Digest of Education Statistics provides data about this federal program at a national level.

Fine Arts

Students explore creative thinking and develop the ability to express themselves artistically through various art forms. Furthermore, students also develop collaborative working habits among peers while building life-long relationships and skills that extend well beyond classroom walls.

Traditionally, the “fine arts” have been defined as the five primary areas of painting, sculpture, architecture, music and poetry. Today however, their definition has expanded considerably to encompass forms such as digital photography and video production/editing as well as textiles (including quilt and fashion designs) and some forms of performance art as fine art forms.

James has worked to increase capacity within the District’s Visual and Performing Arts teaching staff by creating job-embedded professional growth models, as well as setting up a progressive teacher collaboration network linking classroom observations with professional coaching. Furthermore, James has improved the quality of its Fine Arts curriculum by implementing new curricula as well as creating a robust system to assess student achievement.

Athletics

Athletics is a sport which combines three fundamental modalities of movement – running, jumping and throwing. Athletics is one of the Olympic Games’ signature events as well as part of multi-sport events like decathlons and heptathlons. Hurdle running, sprinting and overarm throw are track events; jumping events include high jump, triple jump and pole vault competitions while throwing events include javelin throw, shot put and discus competitions.

Track and field events attract athletes of all ages around the world. They are overseen by the International Association of Athletics Federations, founded in 1912.

FBISD recently announced that 10 campuses have earned A ratings under Texas Education Agency’s new accountability system. Hunters Glen Elementary and Lantern Lane Elementary stand out among these high-rated campuses; under their 2023 ranking system each school receives an individual letter grade for nine domains of knowledge mapped onto nine categories on Texas Education Agency website.

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