- Belton ISD
Belton ISD's Board of Trustees Applaud Student Achievements
In just one month since the start of school, Belton ISD Board of Trustees had the opportunity to celebrate student achievement and hear more about how the District has already made noteworthy progress in addressing one of its top priorities for the 2019- 2020 school year.
Advancing the highest performing academic students was among the District’s priorities adopted by the Board in August 2017, and on Monday night, they honored 132 high school students as AP Scholars. These awards are given to students for “college-level achievement” as demonstrated by their performance on AP exams.
The awards are divided into four categories: AP Scholars, AP Scholars with Honor, AP Scholars with Distinction and National AP Scholars. The number of these awards earned by Belton ISD students has been steadily increasing from 109 in 2018 to a total of 132 this year.
“Belton ISD has a reputation for high-academic achievement, but it’s exciting to see how our programs continue to do more,” board president Sue Jordan said. “I am proud that we have chosen to continue to look for ways to improve. Shining the spotlight on exceptional top achieving students sets the tone for why additional efforts to support and stretch our highest achieving students accomplishes the District’s mission to provide an education that challenges all of our students to excel.”
The board also received an update on the progress of their increased support for the Advanced Academics program. Overall, Belton ISD’s composite ACT and SAT test scores continue to exceed both state and national averages, and continued growth or expansion of advanced placement courses and dual credit offerings are just a few of the ways the District’s Advanced Academics program shared their success.
In 2019, Belton ISD had 231 students earn 693 college hours through dual credit opportunities. In addition, Belton ISD students scored a three or higher on 590 advanced placement exams, representing approximately 1,770 college hours. High school students enrolled in Belton ISD have their choice of taking all advanced placement courses recognized by the College Board, along with dual credit courses available through partnerships with Temple College, University of Mary Hardin Baylor, the University of Texas at the Permian Basin, and Texas Bioscience Institute at Temple College.