Spring Branch Independent School District

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Spring Branch Independent School District
Spring Branch ISD
SBISD administration building
, Harris, Texas
District information
SuperintendentDr. Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D.
Students and staff
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Spring Branch Independent School District is a school district headquartered in Hedwig Village, Texas, United States in Greater Houston. The district serves portions of western Houston,[1] including most of Spring Branch.[2] It also serves several small municipalities known as the Memorial Villages in its jurisdiction, such as Hedwig Village and Spring Valley Village. A majority of the district lies within Houston city limits.[citation needed][3]

The school district's boundaries include Hempstead Road to the northeast (formerly US 290), Interstate 610 to the east, Clay Road to the north, the Addicks Dam to the west, and Buffalo Bayou to the south. Spring Branch serves 35,000 kindergarten through 12th grade students and includes a region with 188,000 residents.

The Spring Branch ISD area is served by the Houston Community College System, but it is not within the tax base.[citation needed]

SBISD is not to be confused with the Spring Independent School District, also located in the Greater Houston area (the latter is located in the northern portion of the region).

There are currently four traditional high schools (grades 9-12), one of which is 6A, and three 5A high schools, eight middle schools (grades 6-8), and twenty-six elementary schools (grades K-5), and six early education Pre-K centers in the district. Three more high school centers serve students in grades 9-12 with various purposes, including one public charter school.

In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[4]


Spring Branch Education Center

The school district originated from the Spring Branch School Society, which was sponsored by the St. Peter's Church in 1856. The first school opened in 1889. By 1905, the white school had one teacher with 49 pupils and the black school had one teacher with 29 pupils.[5]

The area did not become urban until the expansion of Houston city limits in the 1950s, which followed a failed attempt by the entire Spring Branch region to incorporate into a single entity, leading to the establishment of the Memorial Villages. [5] Beginning in the mid-1950s and continuing through the mid-1970s, the school district expanded rapidly. By 1976, the school district had approximately 45,000 students.[6]

In 1979, The New York Times said that the district was "highly regarded".[7]

As the district moved into the 1980s, the number of students attending SBISD schools dropped precipitously, leaving a number of facilities underutilized. By the 1984-85 school year, the student population had dropped from its mid-1970s peak of over 40,000 to approximately 26,844.[8] That year, the school board voted to consolidate certain schools at the end of school year, closing Spring Branch and Westchester Senior High Schools, along with Westchester and Northbrook Junior High Schools. (Northbrook Junior High School was later re-opened in 1991 as Northbrook Middle School.)

Hal Guthrie became superintendent in 1986 and retired in 2001. During Guthrie's term, an influx of Hispanic and low income students entered the district. By 2001, SBISD established free preschool for students at eligible lower income levels, as well as for students needing ESL or special education services. Melanie Markley of the Houston Chronicle wrote that Guthrie "not only guided the district back to health, but his retirement this year caps the end of a career that many say has earned Spring Branch a reputation as a trailblazer."[9]

In 2009, SBISD began a partnership with Houston Community College Northwest, allowing students to take community college credit. Each student may earn up to 30 credits while enrolled at an SBISD school.[10]

In 2015 two sections of Thornwood, two and three, currently served by the Katy Independent School District, proposed being removed from Katy ISD and placed in Spring Branch ISD, but both KISD and SBISD's boards denied the proposal.[11]


Spring Branch ISD is led by a Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D., chosen by the Board of Trustees, headed by President Pam Goodson. The Board of Trustees is elected by voters living in Spring Branch ISD.

Student body[edit]

Tully Stadium, viewed by air

In 2001 SBISD had 32,000 students. SBISD's student body was 48% Hispanic, 39% White, 7% Asian, and 6% African American.[1] By 2002 over half of the district's student body consisted of Hispanic and Latino Americans.[12]

As of 2001, most students north of Interstate 10 are Hispanic and lower to middle income, while most students south of Interstate 10 are White and middle to upper income.[9]

In 2008 it had 32,000 students.[13]

In 2009 55% of SBISD students qualified for free or reduced lunch.[14]

In 2018, SBISD had approximately 35,000 students.[15]

SBISD cities[edit]

The Guthrie Center

SBISD covers all of the following cities:

SBISD covers portions of the following cities:


Valley Oaks Elementary School
Bendwood Campus
The Bear Boulevard School
The Wildcat Way School

K-12 Schools[edit]

  • Spring Branch Academic Institute (Houston, Choice)
    • Previously known as The Spring Branch School for Highly Gifted Students
    • The school uses Thornwood, Spring Forest Middle School, and Stratford High School as host campuses.
      • Frostwood Elementary

Secondary schools[edit]

6-12 Schools

High Schools

Middle Schools

Other Schools

Primary schools[edit]

Elementary schools

Other schools

  • Bendwood School for GT and Special Ed Students (Houston)
    • Campus was previously used to host Bendwood Elementary School.

Pre-kindergarten schools

Former schools[edit]

  • Spring Branch High School (Became Cornerstone Academy/Spring Branch School of Choice.)
  • Westchester Junior High (After closing, the school building was torn down in the 1990s to make way for an office building.)
  • Westchester High School (Served as a campus of Houston Community College before being reopened as Westchester Academy.)
  • Bendwood Elementary School (Now serves as the Bendwood School for GT students and special ed students)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Morales, Katherine. "Residents working to retain superintendent of C-FB ISD Parents want board to counter Houston district's offer." The Dallas Morning News. Sunday December 30, 2001. Second Irving 3V. Retrieved on November 28, 2011.
  2. ^ "Spring Branch Schools" (Archive). Spring Branch Management District. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "Districtmap.pdf" (Archive) Spring Branch Independent School District. Retrieved on March 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2015-10-25.
  5. ^ a b Spring Branch, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
  6. ^ "SBISD Profile" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Alien Pays in Loneliness for a Living Wage; Four Returns to Mexico." The New York Times. February 12, 1979. Section Metropolitan Report, B10. Retrieved on November 28, 2011.
  8. ^ Communications, Emmis (January 1985). Texas Monthly. Emmis Communications.
  9. ^ a b Markley, Melanie. "Leaving the helm at Spring Branch ISD, Guthrie praised for 'cutting-edge' reform." Houston Chronicle. December 19, 2001. Retrieved on March 22, 2014.
  10. ^ Baird, Annette. "Spring Branch ISD unveils early college program." Houston Chronicle. March 3, 2009. Retrieved on May 12, 2014.
  11. ^ Herrera, Sebastian (2015-07-29). "Spring Branch ISD denies subdivision petition to join district, leave Katy ISD". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  12. ^ Mrozowski, Jennifer. "In surprise move, CPS picks leader." Cincinnati Enquirer. September 7, 2002. A1 News. Retrieved on November 28, 2011. "[...]Spring Branch District where more than half the students are Hispanic."
  13. ^ a b Baird, Annette. "SPRING BRANCH ISD: School loses ‘unacceptable’ status." Houston Chronicle. Monday July 21, 2008. Retrieved on November 28, 2011.
  14. ^ Memorial Assist. "Kids going hungry in Spring Branch?" Ultimate Memorial at Houston Chronicle. March 7, 2010. Retrieved on March 7, 2010.
  15. ^ "Spring Branch ISD profile" (PDF).
  16. ^ "Phoenix Academy High School - Academy of Choice".
  17. ^ "Phoenix Academy Middle School - Academy of Choice".
  18. ^ Microsoft Word - list-2003.doc
  19. ^ a b c Kent, Roy (2019-10-30). "Spring Branch ISD begins rebuilding schools". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k http://www.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/list-1982.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  21. ^ a b Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)
  22. ^ Microsoft Word - list-2003.doc
  23. ^ "THE VILLAGES / Hedwig to hold public hearings on proposed property tax hike", Houston Chronicle, 18 October 2007
  24. ^ Rummel Creek Elementary School
  25. ^ "Exemptions linked to high TAAS scores Houston schools' practice criticized." Associated Press at The Dallas Morning News. Monday February 23, 1998. News 15A. Retrieved on November 28, 2011.

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