Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD) encompasses about 44 square miles of wooded suburbs and vibrant business and retail districts located west of downtown Houston in Harris County along I-10, the Katy Freeway. SBISD educates children from all over the world, and its student body reflects the increasing diversity of Texas and the nation.
- Strategic Plan & Goal
- Student Success
- Our Schools
- Choice Programs
- 2017 Bond Program
About 193,000 district residents live in this region of west Houston which includes the incorporated Memorial Villages and the nearby Energy Corridor. Many families have lived in the Memorial/Spring Branch area all their lives, while others are new to the area. Others choose to return to this school district because they rank high quality education as a top priority for their children.
Spring Branch offers taxpayers every tax exemption allowed by Texas law. Our homeowners have the third lowest tax burden in the Houston area—less than Katy, Spring, Cy-Fair, and many other surrounding districts.
Our single-focused goal for student achievement is Spring Branch T-2-4, which aims for every graduate to attain some form of higher education. Our strategic plan, The Learner’s Journey, guides our work, and provides our status as a Texas District of Innovation.
SBISD’s college-readiness indicators have consistently exceeded regional, state and national averages. Our commitment to T-2-4 means almost 100 percent of SBISD students take the SAT or ACT college-readiness performance assessments through a school-day administration. SBISD has one of the higher student participation rates in the Houston region on these exams.
In 2017, the district had a record number of Advanced Placement (AP) Program Scholar Award winners and 31 high school seniors were named either National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists or National Hispanic Recognition Program award winners.
SBISD follows a small neighborhood school concept where attendance areas have been established for each individual school. As an established community, attendance zones rarely change in the school district.
The district is home to 25 elementary schools, seven traditional middle school campuses, four traditional high schools and several choice program options.
Many of SBISD’s schools consistently appear in top national school rankings, ranging from Best High Schools competitions in national magazines to the local nonprofit Children at Risk’s ranking of area secondary and elementary schools, Top High Schools in Science & Mathematics, and Best Urban, Comprehensive High Schools.
Our two district charter schools are Westchester Academy for International Studies (WAIS) a combined middle and high school campus offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) academic program, and Cornerstone Academy, an academically rigorous middle school charter. The non-traditional Academy of Choice offers online, personalized learning and small group Instruction, while the Spring Branch Academic Institute, a first in the Houston region, serves students identified and tested as highly gifted.
In 2012, SBISD joined with KIPP Houston (KIPP) and YES Prep Public Schools (YES Prep) to form the SKY Partnership, bringing their charter programs to Landrum and Northbrook middle schools and Northbrook High School.
Dual Language Programs from prekindergarten through fifth grade are offered at Cedar Brook Elementary, Pine Shadows and Sherwood elementary schools. Dual language programs are also offered at several district secondary schools.
SBISD provides full-day prekindergarten for all in-district students. Five separate Schools for Early Learning are designed especially for 4-year-olds and prekindergarten classes are also offered at several elementary schools. Students who meet state eligibility requirements attend prekindergarten at no cost while others attend at low comparable monthly cost. A Pre-K 3 program was added in 2017-18.
In November, 2017, SBISD voters approved an $898.4 million bond program, by an 80% margin. The bond program extends the work of our 2007 Bond to continue rebuilding the district’s aging schools and to provide district-wide improvements to all Spring Branch ISD campuses.