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The Brownsville Independent School District (BISD), encompassing 95 square miles, is the largest employer in the Rio Grande Valley. Approximately 7,000 employees have accepted the challenge of serving a population of almost 46,000 students. BISD recognizes and addresses the unique cultural lifestyle of South Texas with a broad selection of academic activities and programs for all students. These programs range from Early College High Schools to support programs for students with special needs. Limited English speaking students are served through the Bilingual or English as a Second Language program. There is the pride in the progress BISD has made in recent years with regard to state-mandated testing. Better scores have translated into more seniors fulfilling degree requirements and graduating career-ready and college-connected. Academically, both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Texas Education Agency have accredited Brownsville public schools. Brownsville ISD is committed not only to working with students, but also with the community as well. The district supports Campus Care Centers to serve the unmet medical needs of school age children and adolescents. Because no student deserves to go through the school day hungry, BISD features Universal Feeding, Provision Two. This plan provides breakfast, lunch and supper, free of charge, to all students, regardless of income or ability to pay. Brownsville ISD uses these elements, and many more, to achieve its mission. Quality education cannot be a vague statement. It must be the challenge that encourages students and educators to be the very best that they can be every day.


Points of Pride

•The Brownsville Early College High School (BECHS) was named a 2016 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. BECHS was one of 26 schools nominated by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for this prestigious national award.

•The Benavides Elementary School Destination Imagination (DI) team earned 1st Place at the 2016 Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee.

•Pace ECHS received the 2016 Gold National Excellence in Urban Education award from the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST). Benavides Elementary earned the Silver Award and Breeden Elementary and Veterans Memorial ECHS were Bronze Award recipients.

•The district's world class fine arts students earn more regional and state awards than any other Rio Grande Valley city. The Lopez ECHS Symphonic Band, Stillman Middle School Mixed Choir, and Canales Elementary Conjunto earned 2016 State Honors from the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).

•Seven Brownsville ISD high schools have been designated by the Texas Education Agency as Early College High Schools, supporting the district's overall commitment to a college-going culture.

•All BISD elementary schools offer open enrollment and 28 schools provide the Extended Day Enrichment Program.

•The STAMP and SPACE College Preparatory Programs are available at every BISD Early College High School.

•The district earned recognition as a 2014-2016 Best Community for Music Education in the United States.

•BISD earned spots on the 5th and 6th Annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll.

•BISD's elite nationally recognized chess teams continue to add to their established record of success.

•Brownsville ISD Early College High School soccer programs have earned 4 state championship titles.

•Brownsville ISD 2016 graduating seniors were offered over $48 million in college scholarships.

•All district elementary schools offer a quality, full-day pre-kindergarten program.

•The Superintendent's Scholarship Golf Tournament has provided $901,000 in scholarships to almost 800 deserving BISD graduates over the past 13 years.

•A total of 117 BISD students earned 2015-2016 Advanced Placement Awards in the College Board Program.

•An active Police and Security Services Department is the centerpiece of the district's safety network which is designed to safeguard students and employees.

•The district's Career and Technical Education Program offers ECHS students several tuition-free programs of study that can lead to certification and possible credit at participating Texas community colleges.

•All middle schools feature a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Magnet Program.

•Brownsville ISD won the 2008 Broad Prize for Urban Education, an annual $1 million award that honors one U.S. school district each year making the greatest progress in improving student achievement.

•The Board of Trustees earned the 2008 Award for Urban School Board Excellence from the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE).

•The Margaret M. Clark Aquatic Center is a state-of-the-art swimming venue which hosts district and regional competitions as well as serving the needs of the local community.

•Since 1997, local voters have shown their support for BISD by approving $235 million in school construction bonds. In 2015, a succsessful Tax Ratification Election to maximize state funding received 84% voter approval.

•Since 1993, BISD has provided a free healthy breakfast and lunch daily to all students. Supper is also available at the Extended Day Enrichment Campuses.

•Over 150 Brownsville area businesses and organizations participate in the district's Adopt-A-School program.



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BISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability or genetic information in employment or provision of services, programs or activities.

BISD no discrimina de acuerdo a raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, religión, edad, información genética, o incapacidad en el empleo o la disposición de servicios, programas o actividades.
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