Fort Bend Independent School District

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Fort Bend Independent School District
FBISD District logo.png
Administration Building
16431 Lexington Blvd
Sugar Land
, Fort Bend County, Texas, 77479
United States
District information
TypeSchool District
MottoInspire, Equip, Imagine
GradesPre K-12
EstablishedApril 18, 1959 (April 18, 1959)
PresidentDave Rosenthal
Vice-presidentJim Rice
SuperintendentChristie Whitbeck (2021–current)
School boardDave Rosenthal (President-P7), Jim Rice (Vice President-P3), Dr. Shirley Gillam( Secretary-P4), Judy Dae (P2), Kristen Malone (P6), Angie Hanan (P1), Denetta Williams (P5)
NCES District ID4819650[1]
Students and staff
Students78,571 (April 2020)
Staff10,000+ full & part time
Other information

Fort Bend Independent School District, also known as Fort Bend ISD or FBISD, is a school district based in Sugar Land, Texas. It operates schools in the northeastern portion of Fort Bend County and is the forty-fifth largest district in the United States.

The district spans 170 square miles (440 km2) covering almost all of the city of Sugar Land, the city of Meadows Place, the Fort Bend county portion of Missouri City, Arcola, small sections of Houston, small sections of Pearland (including some of Shadow Creek Ranch, which is attempting to secede from FBISD),[2] the unincorporated communities of Clodine, Four Corners, Juliff, and Fresno, and the Fort Bend County portion of Mission Bend.

Fort Bend Independent School District was created by the consolidation of the Sugar Land ISD and Missouri City ISD in 1959. The school district is the seventh-largest public school system in the state of Texas and third largest within the Houston–Sugar  Land–Baytown Metropolitan Area. The school district is currently the largest employer in Fort Bend County with more than 9,000 district employees, and encompasses some of the wealthiest locales in the State of Texas.[3]

Fort Bend ISD is distinguished by its honors. In 2010, the school district was rated "recognized" by the Texas Education Agency.[4]

The district is the only school district in the nation to be named a 2011 National School District of Character by the National Schools of Character Program in Washington DC—and only one of two districts in Texas to be honored with this designation. The Washington Post ranked Clements, Austin, Kempner, Travis, Dulles, Hightower, and Elkins High Schools as seven of the Top 2011 High Schools in the Nation.


Photo shows a Texas Historical Commission marker for the former Sugar Land Independent School District on the grounds of the Sugar Land Auditorium. It became part of the Fort Bend Independent School District in 1959. View is toward the southeast.
Historic marker of the former Sugar Land ISD near Lakeview Elem. School.

Fort Bend ISD was formed when Sugar Land ISD and Missouri City ISD merged after an election on April 18, 1959.[3] The first superintendent was Louis P. Rodgers, who had been the Missouri City ISD superintendent upon the merger. The Sugar Land ISD superintendent Edward Mercer, became the assistant superintendent.[5]

Missouri City ISD was formed from Missouri City Common School, House Common School, and Mustang Common School (Fresno area). Sugar Land ISD was formed in 1918 and was expanded by adding Sartartia Common School and Clodine Common School in 1948.[6]

Originally FBISD was racially segregated, with white high school students attending the consolidated Dulles High School, with its permanent campus in Sugar Land, and black high school students attending M.R. Wood School in Sugar Land.[3] In 1963, FBISD had 600 students.[7] The school district desegregated in September 1965;[3] in the post-desegregation period Dulles was the district's sole high school until Willowridge High School opened in 1979.[7]

Rodgers died in May 1967 so Mercer became superintendent. Lawrence Elkins succeeded Mercer after the latter retired in August 1974.[5]

In 1969 the school district had 1,000 students, and its enrollment was increasing. Between 1979 and 1997, a new high school opened at intervals no more than five years apart. The district became the fastest growing school district in the State of Texas.[7] In August 1997 the district had over 14,000 students at its high schools, then numbering six.[7]

A portion of Stafford was formerly a part of Fort Bend ISD, but it broke away and formed the Stafford Municipal School District. In 1977, the FBISD portions of the city of Stafford left FBISD for the Stafford MSD, and the move was found to be constitutional in 1981. Residents in Stafford's ETJ are served by Fort Bend ISD, not Stafford MSD.

In February 1984 Rodney E. LeBoeuf became superintendent. LeBouef left in March 1991 and Raj K. Chopra became superintendent in August of that year. Chopra left on July 20, 1994. The next superintendent, Don W. Hooper, assumed power on February 15, 1995.[5]

Circa 1997 FBISD was the fastest-growing school district in Texas, with new comprehensive high schools opening in increments of fewer than five years.[7]

Hooper's retirement was scheduled for June 2002.[5]

In 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas, the district administration chose not to make masks mandatory even though the Fort Bend county judge, KP George, issued a mask mandate. Governor of Texas Greg Abbott had prohibited local governments from issuing mask mandates.[8] In August the district board voted 4–3 to reverse its stance and require masks.[9]


The Fort Bend ISD Police Department is headquartered in Stafford.[10] Its current headquarters was the former FBISD Administration Building located off FM1092 which was later converted into a vehicle maintenance facility after the administration HQ was moved to Sugar Land.[citation needed]

FBISD's current administration building is located in Sugar Land, near the Town Square and First Colony Mall. There is also the FBISD Annex, which contains an auditorium/banquet hall for FBISD, as well as a shop for teachers of FBISD.

When the district was first created Sugar Land Junior High School had the administrative offices. However, there was no tax assessor-collector in Sugar Land, so the taxation office was in Missouri City as that municipality did have one. In the summer of 1961 the district opened the first dedicated headquarters. In October 1985 the current district headquarters opened.[5]

District operations[edit]

In 2019 the FBISD administration stated that it was considering changing the class ranking system so that students are ranked according to the school's attendance zones in which they reside instead of the schools which they actually attend.[11]

Athletics and extracurriculars[edit]

FBISD Athletic Facility

FBISD is known for having some of the best athletic teams in Houston.[12] All 11 high schools contain 2 gyms, Tennis Courts, a football/soccer/track field, a baseball field, and softball field, each fitted with LED scoreboards.

FBISD also manages 2 athletic complexes, complete with turf and Video/LED scoreboards from NEVCO:

  • Kenneth Hall Stadium (Football/Soccer/Track) and Buddy Hopson Field House (Gym) located next to Hightower[13]
  • Edward Mercer Stadium (Football/Soccer) and Wheeler Field House (gym) located next to the Admin Building[13]
    • Frankie Field (Baseball) is also located next to Mercer, but it is Clements's Home Field

Louis P. Rodgers Memorial Auditorium in Dulles High School was built in 1969.[14]


Seventy percent of the district's campuses received an Exemplary or Recognized rating from the Texas Education Agency in 2002. That same year, the district was named a Recognized District by the Texas Education Agency for the second consecutive year, making it one of the largest public school districts in Texas to receive that rating. Currently the district is ranked "academically acceptable" and has been for the last several years.

Austin High School and Clements High School, both in Sugar Land, have been recognized by Texas Monthly magazine in its list of the top 10 high schools in the state of Texas. In addition, Clements, Austin, and Elkins high schools ranked 313th, 626th, and 702nd, respectively, among the top 1000 schools in the United States by Newsweek.

Fort Bend ISD has been named one of the top 100 School Districts in the Nation for a Fine Arts Education, according to a nationwide survey of public and private school programs.


The current superintendent is Christie Whitbeck, who was chosen by the board of trustees in 2021 and succeeded Charles Dupre after his retirement. FBISD is served by a board of trustees who are periodically elected. Each trustee represents one of the seven regions in the school district.


High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • Billy Baines Middle School (Sienna Plantation/Missouri City) (opened 2006)
  • David Crockett Middle School (Unincorporated area) (opened 2007)
  • John F. Dulles Middle School (Sugar Land) (opened 1965)
  • First Colony Middle School (Sugar Land) (opened 1985)
  • Fort Settlement Middle School (Sugar Land) (opened 2001)
  • Macario Garcia Middle School (Unincorporated area) (opened 1995)
  • Hodges Bend Middle School (Unincorporated area) (opened 1987)
  • James Bowie Middle School (Unincorporated area) (opened 2011)
  • Lake Olympia Middle School (Missouri City) (opened 1992)
  • Christa McAuliffe Middle School (Houston) (opened 1986)
  • Missouri City Middle School (Missouri City) (opened 1975)
  • Quail Valley Middle School (Missouri City) (opened 1978, closed 1994, reopened 1996)
    • Home of the FBISD Gifted and Talented Academy (opened 2007)
  • Sartartia Middle School (Sugar Land) (opened 2001)
  • Sugar Land Middle School (Sugar Land) (opened 1975)
  • Ronald Thornton Middle School (Sienna Plantation) (opened 2017)

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Armstrong Elementary School (Missouri City) (opened 2008)
  • Austin Parkway Elementary School (Sugar Land) (opened 1989)
  • Anne McCormick Elementary School (Riverstone) (opened 2016)
  • Barrington Place Elementary School (Sugar Land) (opened 1990)
  • Sonal Bhuchar Elementary School (Riverstone, Unincorporated area) - Will open in 2023[17]
  • Blue Ridge Elementary School (Houston) (opened 1969)
  • Brazos Bend Elementary School (Sugar Land) (opened 1997)
  • Briargate Elementary School (Houston) (opened August 1977)
  • Walter Moses Burton Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 1996)
  • Colony Bend Elementary School (Sugar Land) (opened 1981)
  • Colony Meadows Elementary School (Sugar Land) (opened 1991)
  • Commonwealth Elementary School (Sugar Land) (opened 1997)
  • Cornerstone Elementary School (Sugar Land) (opened 2007)
  • Rita Drabek Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 2001)
  • Dulles Elementary School (Sugar Land) (opened 1976)[18]
  • Arizona Fleming Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 1994)
  • Edgar Glover Elementary School (Missouri City) (opened 1994)
  • Lula Goodman Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 2000)
    • Goodman was one of two FBISD campuses that were the most damaged by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, but it reopened ahead of schedule.
  • Highlands Elementary School (Sugar Land) (opened 1986)
  • Mary Austin Holley Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 2007)
  • Heritage Rose Elementary School (Rosharon) (opened 2010)
  • Hunters Glen Elementary School (Missouri City) (opened 1985)
  • E.A. Jones Elementary School (Missouri City) (opened 1963)
  • Barbara Jordan Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 2002)
  • Lakeview Elementary School (Sugar Land) (opened 1962)
  • Lantern Lane Elementary School (Missouri City) (opened 1979)
  • Donald Leonetti Elementary (Sienna Plantation) (opened 2017)
  • Lexington Creek Elementary School (Missouri City) (opened 1994)
  • Carolyn and Vernon Madden Elementary (Aliana, Unincorporated area) (opened 2015)
  • Malala Elementary (Aliana, Unincorporated area) (opened 2020)
  • Meadows Elementary School (Meadows Place) (opened 1973)
  • Mission Bend Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 1981)
  • Mission Glen Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 1986)
  • Mission West Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 1991)
  • James C. Neill Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 2017)
  • Oakland Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 2006)
  • Oyster Creek Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 1999)
  • Palmer Elementary School (Missouri City) (opened 1985)
  • Rosa Parks Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 2007)
  • James Patterson Elementary (Unincorporated area) (opened 2017)
  • Pecan Grove Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 1988)
  • Quail Valley Elementary School (Missouri City) (opened 1975)
  • Ridgegate Elementary School (Houston) (opened 1981)
  • Ridgemont Elementary School (Houston) (opened 1973)
  • Scanlan Oaks Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 2004)
  • Jan Schiff Elementary School (Missouri City) (opened 2008)
  • Juan Seguin Elementary School (unincorporated area, Grand Mission) (opened 2009)
    • The capacity is 845, and the school is near Richmond. Molina Walker Architects designed the building and Marshall Construction did the building. The cost was $14,500,000. There are about 36 classrooms, with six per grade level. The school relieved Oakland Elementary School and took students from Mission West Elementary who were enrolled in bilingual programs.[19] Seguin was one of the two FBISD campuses most damaged by Hurricane Harvey. James Patterson Elementary and David Crockett Middle temporarily took Seguin students.[20]
  • Settlers Way Elementary School (Sugar Land) (opened 1984)[18]
  • Sienna Crossing Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 1998)
  • Sugar Mill Elementary School (Sugar Land) (opened 1984)
  • Anne McCormick Sullivan Elementary (Riverstone, Unincorporated area) (opened 2016)
  • Townewest Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 1978)
  • Walker Station Elementary School (Unincorporated area) (opened 1992)
  • Sonal Bhuchar Elementary School (Riverstone) (Planned To Open in Fall 2022)[21]

Other schools[edit]

  • Ferndell Henry Alternative Center
    • Hosts district's Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
  • Progressive High School
    • Classes to help students who are behind in credits/grades
  • Technical Education Center
    • Hosts CTE classes for all High schools in FBISD
  • James Reese Career and Technical Center (opened 2018)
    • Newer center to replace aging TEC


Fort Bend ISD opened several magnet programs to foster small learning communities with a career based focus. Several academies are housed at different schools and are magnet programs that require an application. The district provides busing throughout the district for academy students, irrespective of which school they choose to attend, located at their zoned elementary campus (or another location deemed appropriate by staff/parents). A few of the academies were shut down due to low application and attendance rates.

Middle school[edit]

  • Quail Valley Middle School Academy for the Gifted and Talented (For GT Identified)

High school[edit]

  • Global Studies Academy (GSA) (Travis HS)*
  • International Business and Marketing Academy (IBMA) (Travis HS)*
  • Engineering Academy (EA) (Elkins HS)
  • Math and Science Academy (MSA) (Dulles HS)
  • Medical Science Academy (MSA) (Hightower HS)
  • Digital Media Academy (DMA) (Hightower HS)

*The GSA and IBMA academies are under a transition period to Travis HS.

  • GSA for '18 are held at Clements HS.
  • IBMA for '18 are held at Bush HS.

C.O '19 (+) for both academies are at Travis

Former schools[edit]

  • Oaklane Elementary School (Arcola, then unincorporated) (1-8 elementary school for Blacks)[18] (closed 1965)
    • Oaklane children were reassigned to Blue Ridge Elementary School, currently in Houston.[22]
  • Staffordshire Elementary School (Stafford) (1-4 elementary school)[18] (closed 1965)
    • Students were reassigned to E. A. Jones Elementary School in Missouri City[22]
  • Annie Wilcox Elementary School (closed 1969)[18]
  • M. R. Wood Alternative Education Center (formerly a 1-12 school for black students)[23]
    • Hosts kids who have special needs
    • Originally housed DAEP Program for entire district (west side when FHCL opened)


In 1999 a bond to build a new stadium was approved. The stadium was to be placed adjacent to Hightower High.[24] The stadium had Sugar Land High School American football player Ken Hall as a namesake, and an adjacent field house had teacher and coach Buddy Hopson as a namesake.[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Fort Bend Independent School District". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved May 4, 2023.
  2. ^ "City of Pearland School Districts." (Archive) City of Pearland. Retrieved on March 21, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "District Information / History". Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  4. ^ "2010 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2011-11-14.
  5. ^ a b c d e "FBISD History". Fort Bend Independent School District. 2001-11-16. Archived from the original on 2001-11-16. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  6. ^ Research done by the Texas State Library, recorded in the Fort Bend County Official Public Records under document number 2000062274 on July 27, 2000.
  7. ^ a b c d e Solomon, Jerome (1997-08-28). "FOOTBALL 1997/HIGH SCHOOLS/FORT BEND BONANZA/Phillips, Dulles in hunt to add to town's memories". Houston Chronicle. p. Special 33. Archived from the original on 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2011-12-31. Since then, however, the Fort Bend ISD has not gone more than five years without opening a new high school. [...] to form the fastest growing district in the state.
  8. ^ Dellinger, Hannah (2021-08-12). "Fort Bend ISD won't require masks, despite county judge's order". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  9. ^ Herndon, Shavonne (2021-08-24). "Fort Bend ISD Board Votes To Mandate Masks In All County Schools". Houston Public Media. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  10. ^ "Fort Bend ISD Police". December 31, 2011. Archived from the original on January 24, 2012.
  11. ^ Webb, Shelby (2019-12-16). "Fort Bend ISD considers ranking students based on school they are zoned to, not where they attend". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  12. ^ Marrion, Jack (2016-01-12). "Seven Fort Bend ISD basketball teams ranked by TABC". Chron. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  13. ^ a b "Athletics / Athletic Facilities". Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  14. ^ "Campus History." Fort Bend Independent School District. Retrieved on November 2, 2017.
  15. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF) [ Archived March 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Microsoft Word - 2007-schools.doc" (PDF).
  17. ^ "School in Texas to be named after Indian-American trailblazer Sonal Bhuchar". The Times of India. 2021-03-31. Retrieved 2022-03-30.
  18. ^ a b c d e "FBISD History". 7 September 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-07.
  19. ^ Meeks, Flori (2009-08-18). "Fort Bend, Lamar districts open 3 elementaries in Richmond". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2020-04-21. - Despite the headline saying they are in Richmond, they merely have "Richmond, TX" postal addresses and are not in the Richmond city limits, and the City of Houston noted postal address city names do not necessarily match municipal boundaries.
  20. ^ Balch, Bridget (2017-09-11). "Harvey-damaged elementary school students to re-start class at new campuses". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  21. ^ "Fort Bend ISD names new campuses after influential women (4/12/21)". Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  22. ^ a b "FBISD History". Fort Bend Independent School District. 2018-12-03. Archived from the original on 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  23. ^ "FBISD History". Archived from the original on 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  24. ^ Phipps, Jill Hathaway (2002-05-23). "Fort Bend stadium tab climbs". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2023-03-20.
  25. ^ Whitehead, Paulette (2003-07-21). "School board names stadium after Hall, field house after Hopson". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2023-03-20.

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