Belton Independent School District’s mission is to provide an education that challenges every student to excel. Located in Bell County, the district’s boundaries encompass 198.6 square miles including Belton, Morgan’s Point Resort and part of Temple.
Belton ISD’s 1,600 employees serve more than 10,500 students on 15 campuses – an early childhood school, nine elementary schools, three middle schools, one traditional high school and one new tech high school. In 2014, the district and all of its campuses received the Texas Education Agency’s highest accountability rating (met standard) based on student performance on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness.
Belton ISD’s campuses have also received national recognition. Belton High School has been included on lists of the nation’s best high schools compiled by US News & World Report and Newsweek. Belton New Tech High School @Waskow is a demonstration site for the New Tech Network. Belton New Tech High School @Waskow and South Belton Middle School have been recognized as Apple Distinguished Schools for their implementation of the district’s one-to-one digital learning initiative.
Belton ISD’s one-to-one initiative increases student engagement and connects students to numerous resources that enrich the learning process. The district began deploying devices (either iPads or MacBook Pros) to students at South Belton Middle School and Belton New Tech High School @Waskow in 2011. Belton High School was added in 2012 and Lake Belton Middle School in 2013. With the addition of North Belton Middle School in 2014, every secondary campus is a one-to-one learning environment.
Belton ISD’s career and technical education programs offer high school students the opportunity to learn skills in 15 different career clusters as varied as architecture and construction, health sciences, and hospitality and tourism. Students can earn professional certifications and gain professional experience through work-based learning while still in high school. These programs give students access to skills that local employers need.
Over the last ten years, Belton ISD’s student enrollment has grown by about 3,500 students, and experts expect that trend to continue for at least the next decade. As a fast-growth school district, Belton ISD is working to make sure that its facilities are ready to serve an increasing number of students. In 2012, voters approved the construction of an elementary school, which opened in 2013, and a second new elementary school and a middle school, which opened in 2014.
Support from voters and taxpayers has made it possible to successfully manage the district’s fast growth. Partnerships with local business extend learning opportunities outside the classroom, and cheering fans fill the stands when student athletes play at Tiger Field.
This is a community that supports students, and a school district that is preparing them to excel in tomorrow’s world.
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a Christ-centered university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Chartered by the Republic of Texas in 1845, UMHB is one of the oldest, continuously-operating higher education institutions in the state. The historic 265-acre campus has been located in Belton since 1886.
Today, more than 2,700 students attend UMHB, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1. UMHB offers 66 undergraduate majors and 18 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate degree in Education Administration.
The university has top tier ranking among Universities-Master’s West category of U.S. News & World Report: Best Colleges. With more than 360 full-time faculty and staff, UMHB has garnered a nationally recognized academic reputation. It also is one the most affordable private universities in the Southwest.
The mission of UMHB is to prepare students for leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society. Academic excellence, personal attention, broad-based scholarship, and a commitment to a Baptist vision for education distinguish this Christ-centered learning community.
The university offers a wide-range of extracurricular activities, from athletics to the fine arts, which are open to the public. With 12 athletic teams on campus, this Division III school has nearly 400 students participating in Crusader athletics. Home games offer exciting collegiate competition at the Crusader SpotsPlex, the Mayborn Campus Center arena or at Tiger Field. The university also provides a range of opportunities for children and youth – including a Conservatory of Music and a variety of athletic and educational summer camps. For more information, visit www.umhb.edu.
Higher Education in the Surrounding Area
Temple College, Texas A&M College of Medicine, Central Texas College and Texas A&M University Central Texas are located in Bell County, while Texas A&M University and the University of Texas Austin are among the schools located within a 95-mile radius of Belton.