graphicThe motto of the Hereford Independent School District is "Committed to Excellence, Dedicated to Children." The Hereford ISD and its accomplishments are a source of pride for our community. The people of Hereford hold a strong belief in the value of education and support a public system that pursues excellence in all aspects.

The mission of the Hereford Independent School District is to develop an educational program which will motivate and support students in identifying and achieving their highest potential— In a way that:
- increases accountability and achievement
- fosters positive community, parent, teacher, and student communications and relationships
- provides increased opportunities for staff development
- enhances professionalism
- utilizes structured interaction within the District
- provides appropriate curriculum
- employs research-based, innovative restructuring and practices
- enables students to succeed in a technological society
So that: students will be equipped to meet "real world" expectations with the involvement of parents, community, business, and higher education.

According to the Texas Education Ratings, the Hereford Independent School District is a "Recognized" school district. Five of the elementary schools had TAAS scores of 80% or above in language arts and math for the "Recognized" rating. One Elementary achieved an "Exemplary" (90% or above) rating. Hereford Junior High and Hereford High School each achieved an "Acceptable" rating with scores that continue to improve.

HISD operates eight campuses including one high school, an alternative high school, one junior high school, and six elementary schools, supporting a total diverse student population of 4,091 with an overall student/teacher ratio of 13.5 to one. Along with academic excellence, students in secondary school are offered extra-curricular activities of volleyball, football, golf, baseball, wrestling, track and field, band, orchestra, choir, and science fair competition.

Hereford High School has reached high standards in sports as well as academic studies. With a no pass/no play policy, students have excelled in many areas:
football - State Finalists, State Semi-Finalists, State Quarter-Finalists;
volleyball - Ten consecutive years to Regional Playoff level, three State Championships;
golf - State Qualifiers;
baseball; basketball - Regional Finalists;
wrestling - State Finalists;
cross country - State Individual Champion with a new record set;
tennis; track and field - 30+ years with #1 rating.

Along with sports, Hereford students can also participate in drill team, UIL competitions, age-related competitions, speech/drama, art, woodworking, and other career and technology areas.

In a rural community with a vested interest in agriculture, Hereford Future Farmers of America and 4-H organizations have livestock judging teams and participate in livestock projects and show competitions. Hereford has also had students participate in Rodeo competitions.

Other clubs include: National Honor Society; Debate Team; Anchor Club; Key Club; Modeling Club; Car Club

Four private Christian schools offer an alternative to public education.
- St. Anthony's School - grades K through 6th
- Nazarene Christian Academy - grades K through 8th
- Community Christian School - grades K through 12
- First Baptist Kindergarten - K-4 and K-5

Post secondary educational opportunities:
English, reading, computer, math, and other community college classes are available through Amarillo College in evening classes at Hereford High School. Many Hereford residents commute to classes at the Amarillo College campus just 45 minutes away, or West Texas A & M University, just 30 minutes away in Canyon, Texas.


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