Hidden between the metropolis of Houston and the growing East Fort Bend County, Stafford Municipal School District maintains its small-school environment while addressing educational needs of the 21st century. What began as a grassroots mission with 547 students has evolved into a mid-sized, 3A public school district with an enrollment over just 3,200.
The tree-lined complex is home to five campuses, addressing instructional needs of students from full-day Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. SMSD facilities are designed to allow all of its students to attend elementary and secondary schools without the disruption of everchanging school attendance zones. Dual Language programs in Spanish-English and Chinese-English are available at Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades. All classrooms are equipped with instructional technology including computers, interactive white boards, and projectors.
With the passage of a $49.9 million bond referendum in 2011, all teachers can utilize classroom sets of laptops, iPads, and electronic student response systems. Bond construction includes a new 92,000 sq. ft high school, the Stafford College and Career Center, which will open in 2013 and house instructional programs leading students to colleges, universities and careers. The Center will include twelve distinct college and career bound academy programs with certification opportunities including: engineering; information technology; manufacturing; transportation, distribution and logistics; health sciences; agricultural, food, and natural sciences; law, public safety, correction and security; educational training; marketing; business management and administration; culinary arts; and military science.
The district prides itself in allowing students to participate in as many school activities and organizations as possible, provided that high academic standards are maintained. Students can participate in UIL academic competition in addition to UIL athletic programs including football, baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, track, power-lifting, and cross-country. The district also is one of the very few 3A districts to offer boys and girls soccer and swimming. Stafford High School athletes have been named not only to all-district and all-state athletic teams but also to Academic All-State teams. The Mighty Spartan Band earned UIL Sweepstakes recognition for three consecutive years and Choir students earn places in area, region, and state choirs. The choral department also annually presents a full-scale musical production which includes students from Kindergarten to 12th grade. FFA, JROTC, and DECA students have participated at state, national and international competitions.
As the only municipal school district in the state, the district partners with the City of Stafford by utilizing the city’s municipal swimming pool and the Stafford Civic Center, both located within the district’s complex. These facilities allow extension in curriculum by offering swimming lessons to second and fourth-graders and by allowing the performing arts a formal venue for student functions. The city also provides use of the Stafford Centre, a full-performance venue, for fine arts programs and banquets and underwrites the cost for all high school juniors to prepare for SAT college entrance exams through a comprehensive SAT Preparatory Course.