Photo of Barbers Hill Entrance MarkerWelcome to Barbers Hill ISD!

Barbers Hill Independent School District is a suburban district in western Chambers County, along the upper Texas Gulf Coast. The district encompasses four communities: Mont Belvieu, Old River-Winfree, Cove, and Beach City, and covers 192.3 square miles. Its borders consist of the Trinity River on the east to the Harris County line on the west, and Trinity Bay on the south to the Liberty County line on the North.

Established in 1929, the district has a rich tradition of community involvement and school pride. The fabric of the district’s story is interwoven with that of the petrochemical industry in our area, beginning with the discovery of oil in the early 1900s, through the development in the 1950s of the Mont Belvieu salt dome. The district continues to grow at a rate of 3-5% per year, as Houston expands eastward and our petrochemical industry neighbors expand to meet global natural gas and chemical demands.

Barbers Hill ISD includes 8 campuses: one high school, two middle schools, two elementaries, one primary (first grade) campus, a kindergarten campus, and an alternative (disciplinary) campus.

We invite you to take a look at our most recent data and see why our motto is “Tradition of Excellence . . . by any measure!”

The 2016 Texas Consolidated School Rating Report for Barbers Hill ISD, which includes a summary of district ratings, distinctions, financial ratings and the self-evaluated community engagement ratings, may be viewed here:

2016 Texas Consolidated School Rating Report

BH Becomes District of Innovation

Barbers Hill Board of Trustees voted in January to become a District of Innovation, for the purpose of flexibility in the start date for our school calendars. Under the current legislative mandate, BHISD would be required to start school at earliest on August 28, 2017, creating significantly unbalanced fall and spring semesters. As a DOI, the district has more flexibility in selecting the start and end date for calendars, creating a more balanced instructional environment. The District Educational Improvement Committee (DEIC) will vote on the final calendar for the 2017-18 school year at their meeting February 8, following consideration of staff and parent calendar survey results.

BHISD District of Innovation Plan

Contact Information

Mailing Address

P. O. Box 1108
Mont Belvieu, Texas 77580

Physical Address

9600 Eagle Drive
Mont Belvieu, Texas 77523




School Board

Board of Trustees Photo

The Barbers Hill ISD Board of Trustees holds a long tradition of commitment and service. All seven members have run unopposed for four consecutive years, and our longest-serving board member, Benny May, will celebrate his 20th year in 2016. Visit our Board of Trustees Webpage for more information.


Dr. Greg PooleDr.Greg Poole
Sandra DureeSandra Duree
Asst. Supt. of Curriculum & Instruction
Becky McManusBecky McManus
Asst. Supt. of Finance
Barbara PonderBarbara Ponder
Asst. Supt. of Personnel
Stan FrazierStan Frazier
Asst. Supt. of Planning & Operations

Our Campuses

Kindergarten Center Building Barbers Hill Kindergarten Center
PreK - Kindergarten
Principal Lisa Watkins
Primary School Building Barbers Hill Primary School
Grade 1
Associate Principal Mandy Malone
Elementary School North Building Barbers Hill Elementary North
Grades 2-5
Principal Stephanie Martin
Elementary School South Building Barbers Hill Elementary South
Grades 2-5
Principal Elizabeth Filer
Middle School North Building Barbers Hill Middle School North
Grades 6-8
Principal Lance Murphy
Middle School South Building Barbers Hill Middle School South
Grades 6-8
Principal Dennis Wagner
High School Building Barbers Hill High School
Grades 9-12
Principal Rick Kana
DAEP Building Barbers Hill DAEP
Alternative Education campus
Principal Daniel Andrews

Our Staff

Photo of Teachers in Library

Total Staff - 755
Professional Support Staff - 50
Campus Administration - 22
Central Administration - 16
Paraprofessional (Clerical & Aides) - 125
Auxiliary Staff - 173

Teachers - 369
Teachers with Advanced Degrees - 29%
Average years experience of Teachers - 14
Average BHISD experience of Teachers - 7
Teachers with more than 10 years experience - 60%
Beginning Teacher salary - $52,525
Average Teacher salary - $65,061
Master's Degree stipend - $1,200
National Board Certification stipend - $5,000

Our Students

Enrollment - 5236
Number of students per teacher - 14.4
Attendance rate - 96%

Average Class Size
  • Elementary - 18.9
  • Secondary - 19.8

Advanced Course/Dual Enrollment Completion - 36%
Career and Technical Education - 22%
Gifted and Talented Education - 4.9%
Bilingual/ESL Education - 2.9%
Special Education - 7.1%
Economically Disadvantaged - 17.2%
At Risk students - 27.3%
Students with Disciplinary Placements - 1.3%

Ethnic Demographic
  • African American - 3%
  • Hispanic - 22%
  • White - 71%
  • Other - 4%
Our Graduates (latest data – Class of 2013)
  • Graduation Rate - 99.4%
  • Average SAT score - 1524
  • Average ACT score - 22.8
  • Graduates enrolled in TX Institutions of Higher Education - 70.5%
  • College and Career Ready Graduates - 87.5%

Student Achievement

All BHISD campuses "Met Standard" in 2017, which is the highest rating by the Texas Education Agency. In addition, Barbers Hill High School, Barbers Hill Elementary School North and Barbers Hill Elementary School South received 8 TEA Distinction Designations.

Elementary School North


Barbers Hill Students reading at a table

Top 25% in Student Progress
Top 25% in Closing Performance Gaps
Postsecondary Readiness

Elementary School South


High School

Top 25% in Student Progress
Postsecondary Readiness

Community and Student Engagement Rating:


2017 Barbers Hill ISD STAAR Data:

Subject% Approaches Grade Level Standard
Social Studies93%
All Subjects90%

Community & Student Engagement Indicators

IndicatorsKindergarten CenterPrimary SchoolElementary NorthElementary South
Fine ArtsExemplaryExemplaryExemplaryExemplary
Wellness & Physical EdExemplaryExemplaryExemplaryExemplary
Community & Parental InvolvementExemplaryExemplaryExemplaryExemplary
21st Century Workforce Dev PGMN/AN/AN/AN/A
2nd Language Acquisition PGMExemplaryRecognizedRecognizedRecognized
Digital Learning EnvironmentRecognizedRecognizedExemplaryExemplary
Dropout Prevention StrategiesExemplaryExemplaryExemplaryExemplary
Education PGM for GT StudentsRecognizedRecognizedExemplaryExemplary

IndicatorsMiddle School NorthMiddle School SouthHigh SchoolDistrict
Fine ArtsExemplaryExemplaryExemplaryExemplary
Wellness & Physical EdExemplaryExemplaryExemplaryExemplary
Community & Parental InvolvementExemplaryExemplaryExemplaryExemplary
21st Century Workforce Dev PGMRecognizedExemplaryExemplaryExemplary
2nd Language Acquisition PGMAcceptableExemplaryRecognizedRecognized
Digital Learning EnvironmentExemplaryExemplaryRecognizedExemplary
Dropout Prevention StrategiesExemplaryExemplaryExemplaryExemplary
Education PGM for GT StudentsRecognizedExemplaryRecognizedRecognized

Technology and Learning

Barbers Hill Technology Department is a leader in Texas with its integration of Google Apps into classrooms district wide. The Chromebook program began at the High School in 2013, with complete classroom sets for all students. In 2015-16, the Chromebook program will expand to both Middle Schools. Students in grades K-5 utilize Chromebooks and Nexus Tablets in classrooms, providing every student with access to advanced technology for digital learning and classroom enrichment.

Our Finances

Barbers Hill ISD has maintained the same tax rate for the past 10 years. This has only been possible through vigilant watch over spending and ensuring the district receives the highest possible return on investment. The Finance Department has been proactive in meeting our Board of Trustees’ goal to diversify district revenue through Chapter 313 agreements. The district leads the state in this innovative partnership with local expanding industry.

  • Tax Rate (per $100 valuation)
    • Maintenance and Operations
    • Bonded Debt
  • Total Tax Rate

Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST)
Superior (12 consecutive years)
Moody's Investors Service RatingAa3
Homestead Exemption20%
Over 65 Homestead Exemption$150,000 (one of the highest in Texas)
Instructional Budget$34/7 million (70%)
Non-Instructional Budget$14.7 million (30%)
Education Foundation Fund$9 million

Eagle Proud

  • Barbers Hill was home to two 2014 UIL State Champions - in Editorial Writing and Pole Vault
  • 29 high school students were named Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board
  • BHISD has the largest percentage of National Board Certified Teachers in the state
  • Barbers Hill was ranked #2 out of 58 Houston-area districts in the annual Children at Risk study
  • 14 Middle School students received State recognition in the Duke Talent Search
  • Barbers Hill Education Foundation is valued at $9 million and is one of largest foundations in Texas per pupil
  • Over 270 volunteers served campuses K-5 last year, and 150 mentors served students at every campus.
  • Academic Decathlon placed #8 in Texas in 2015
  • The BHHS Softball Team was a 2014 State Semifinalist
  • BHISD has been the Highest Fundraiser for the Bay Area Relay for Life for 6 consecutive years
  • BHHS won UIL District Sweepstakes for the 18th consecutive year
  • Class of 2014 Scholarships were valued at over $2 million
  • Barbers Hill received the 2014 Clean Air Award from the Houston-Galveston Area Council for the use of alternative fuels in transportation
  • The Barbers Hill website received the “Best of Category” Award from TSPRA in 2014.
  • BHISD was awarded the Neutex “Thinking Outside the Bulb” Award for environmentally-friendly initiatives implemented in 2014

Our Mission and Vision

The mission of the Barbers Hill ISD is to:

  • Provide the highest level quality of instruction and learning opportunities that produce motivated and successful learners;
  • Promote excellence, teamwork, and a commitment to continuous improvement;
  • Reinforce the tradition of excellence to enhance unity, strengthen relationships, and foster cooperation among stakeholders.

The vision of the Barbers Hill ISD is academic excellence characterized by goal-driven, college/career ready graduates who are responsible, accountable, contributing members of society.

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