Inspire and equip all students to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine
FBISD exists to inspire and equip all students to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine.
WE'RE PROUD OF OUR RESULTS!
Fort Bend ISD is a nationally-recognized school district of choice for Texas families with more than 79,600 students in grades PreK-12 who span across 82 campuses – 11 high schools, 15 middle schools, 51 elementary campuses and five specialty schools to address the varied academic and vocational interests of students.
As one of the most diverse school districts in the nation, Fort Bend ISD’s students represent countries from around the world and speak more than 100 different languages and dialects.
Fort Bend ISD’s mission is to inspire and equip all students to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine. Through the collaborative efforts of high-quality staff, a passionate board and dedicated business and community partners, the District prepares students for success in educational pursuits beyond high school and in future careers.
As the largest employer in Fort Bend County, the District is dedicated to recruiting and retaining top talent staff to support the students and families they serve.
Fort Bend ISD provides innovative programs to address each student’s unique needs at all school levels.
High school students have the opportunity to earn college credit and industry-recognized certifications and licenses through a number of programs. Students can earn up to two years (60 hours) of tuition-free college credit or an associate degree through an Early College High School or Pathways in Technology Program while finishing their high school diploma. Six academies provide specialized learning communities with concentrated and robust course pathways comprised of academic and career-focused classes.
Beginning in middle school, students have the opportunity to explore a variety of careers through the District’s fourteen Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, which provide real-world experiences including guest speakers, job shadowing, internships and more. The District’s state-of-the-art Career and Technical Center is open juniors and seniors from throughout the District has a number of student-run enterprise businesses that are open to the public. Fort Bend ISD also has a gifted and talented academy to serve middle school students.
A full-day prekindergarten program is available on 25 elementary campuses, and the District currently operates two early literacy centers that are designed to equip students with grade-level reading skills by the end of first grade.
Additional programs including gifted and talented, special education and multilingual ensure all students have equitable access to all educational opportunities.
For 13 consecutive years, the District’s fine arts program has received the Best Communities for Music Education distinction from The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The District recently launched a Piano Technician Certification Program, the first of its kind in any high school in the nation.
Water polo was recently launched by the District to further broaden the sports offerings the District provides.
Whole Child Health
Fort Bend ISD’s Whole Child Health Initiative is the District’s commitment to supporting and developing not only academics, but the mental, behavioral, social, emotional and physical health of students. Research shows, students are best equipped and inspired when these needs skills are met.
The District’s efforts to address the needs of the whole child has earned them national and state awards, including being named the Best Large School District in the state in the 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education award program. In 2017, FBISD won three H-E-B Excellence in Education awards, including Best School Board, Best School Principal – Secondary and Rising Star- Secondary for the large district category.
The District works to develop leadership potential in all students through character education, various leadership development experiences and community service. Multiple leadership programs and opportunities are offered for elementary and secondary students.
Safety and Security
The District has its own police department that is accredited through the Texas Police Chiefs Association Best Practices Recognition Program. They provide safe learning environments and build positive relationships with students, staff and families.
In 2018, Fort Bend ISD’s community passed a bond that allocated $14.9 million in safety and security upgrades and investments, which included the installation of more than 7,300 floor-mounted, barricade door locks on every classroom and much more.
ENRICHING ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Dr. Christie Whitbeck
Dr. Christie Whitbeck became superintendent of Fort Bend ISD, the 8th largest district in Texas, in September 2021. She previously served as the Superintendent of Bryan ISD and the Deputy Superintendent of Fort Bend ISD.
She is regarded statewide as an award-winning, consensus-building leader. She has served on numerous state committees to support public education in Texas.
One of Dr. Whitbeck’s first acts as FBISD’s Superintendent was to visit all 82 campuses to meet and listen to staff and students. She also established a ThoughtExchange platform to gather feedback from educators in order to address issues that are important to teachers and improve morale. From day one of her return to FBISD as its leader, Dr. Whitbeck has worked to refine the culture and climate in the district, improve safety and security in schools, and increase compensation for staff.
Under her leadership, Fort Bend ISD earned A’s in graduation rates and college and career readiness and an overall 89 (B) rating from the Texas Education Agency for the 2021-22 school year. Also, 84% of FBISD campuses received an A or B, despite learning loss during the pandemic.
Dr. Whitbeck has successfully led data-driven initiatives that support student success. She opened one of the state’s 10 Regional Career and Technology Centers in Bryan ISD and was named Texas’ Career Technical Education Champion of the Year.
She won a 2019 Outstanding Alumni Early Career Award from Texas A&M’s College of Education for significant contributions to her field made within 10 years of graduating. In Bryan ISD, she was credited with significant academic gains, improvements in graduation and college, career and military readiness rates, widespread transportation and safety improvements, and passage of her “2 Bonds, 1 Vision” plan, which raised significant revenue without raising the tax rate.
Dr. Whitbeck has a long history of educating children in the Houston area. In addition to having served previously as Deputy Superintendent of Fort Bend ISD, she also served as Assistant Superintendent of Academics in Alvin ISD, and she was an award-winning principal who opened elementary, middle, and high schools in Katy ISD. She began her career as a teacher in Alief ISD. For her decades of service as an educator and leader, Dr. Whitbeck was named one of 2022’s Top 30 Influential Women of Houston.
She received her Ph.D. in public school administration from Texas A&M University, graduating summa cum laude. She earned a master’s in administration supervision from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s in elementary education from Missouri State University.
Her philosophy of education is “Bringing out the Best in People,” which is the title of a cherished book received from her grandmother when Dr. Whitbeck began her teaching career. From then to now, wherever she goes, Dr. Whitbeck focuses on leading by listening and showing a kind heart.
Dr. Shirley Rose-Gilliam