Burleson Independent School District was founded in 1909 and is one of four public school districts that serve the city of Burleson, Texas. Located twelve miles south of downtown Fort Worth, the district spans a total of 52 square miles. In addition to Burleson, it provides education to parts of Fort Worth, Cross Timbers, Crowley, and all of Briaroaks. In 2015, BISD had an accountability rating of “Met Standard”, meeting all four indexes required by the Texas Education Agency: Student Achievement, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness. The district currently educates more than 11,300 students in 16 campuses and employs a staff of almost 1,500 – 763 of which are highly-qualified teachers. That makes the student/teacher ratio at about 15 to 1.
The district chooses to keep the S/T ratio so low because its mission is to engage and support every student with a rigorous curriculum, in order to be sure they are college and career ready when they graduate. With only about 15 students to every teacher, there is a much better chance for that teacher to personally reach each and every one of their pupils. As parents, that is extremely important to us.
At the Academy @ Nola Dunn, things are done a little different than most traditional schools. For example, students sit at tables instead of desks in order to create a balance between independent and group learning. This allows the students to work as teams, ultimately building a child’s social skills. Teachers at the Academy rely on cooperation rather than authority, letting students make several choices throughout the day. The students are given challenging activities and authentic learning projects that integrate multiple areas of content. In 2015, the Academy ranked better than 93% of all elementary schools in Texas. The school recently received a designated distinction for its mathematic performance.
Teaching students from grades 6 thru 8, the district has three middle schools: Hughes MS, Kerr MS, and STEAM Middle School of Choice. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The school randomly selects a certain amount of students out of an open lottery each year, regardless of academics, work ethic, or behavioral history. This allows a fair chance for any student to be admitted into the school.
There are three high schools in Burleson Independent School District: Burleson High, Centennial High, and Crossroads High. Crossroads High School is an alternative education campus serving students in the district who are at-risk of not graduating from high school. Students who attend have the opportunity to move towards graduation in an accelerated manner, through non-traditional instructional methods. In order for a student to attend, they are required to submit an application and participate in an interview process before being accepted. The high school students in the district are offered to participate in the Research Apprentices Program.
The RAP allows sophomores, juniors, and seniors to take place in actual scientific research with the TCU physics & astronomy department. Other special programs the district offers include Robotics, a Film Festival, the NASA Aerospace Scholars program, and the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists.
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