Welcome to Forestburg, Texas where the charm and purity of small-town rural America combines with advantages usually associated with larger urban schools.
Because child safety is our number one priority, we have implemented multiple security measures in our school. All exterior doors remain locked during school hours. No one may enter the school building unless they are granted access electronically by school personnel.
In addition to a sharp academic focus, and innovative approaches to learning, technology director Mr. Rich Lewis, has many state-of-the-art technological tools integrated into our curriculum. Students have access to Chromebooks to complete daily assignments, and classrooms are equipted with interactive learning boards to help teachers create greater engagement of students when delivering lessons.
But by far, our most valuable assets are our faculty and staff. We employ dedicated and caring professionals who understand the success of our school is measured by our ability to reach students and help them achieve their full potential. Couple this with small class size, and FISD faculity are able to provide individual attention to students that is rarely seen in most modern day classrooms. In addition, our Special Education Team, headed by Mrs. Julie Sandusky, are able to provide students with resources and learning tools designed to enhance skills and encourage growth from all students and at every level of the learning process.
In the early 1930’s, as smaller schools began consolidating, the need for a larger school building arose. The schools of Uz, Rip, New Harp, Evergreen, Dewey, Stoney Point, Hardy, Mallard, Dye Mound, Round Prairie, and Mount Tabor consolidated with Forestburg and formed a single district. In 1937, during the Great Depression, Forestburg ISD was established and a new rock building resembling the Alamo was built by the U.S. Government agency, Works Projects Administrations. That building stood until 1995 when fire destroyed the entire school. One year later, in 1996, a spacious new school was completed, serving approximately 190 students every day. Today under the guidance of Superintendent John Metzler and Principal Karen Wiley, Forestburg School continues to build upon the traditions of the past to instill pride in our community and the importance of education to all of our students as we build together toward the success of future generations.
Forestburg School sits “High upon a lofty hilltop” overlooking the beautifully wooded hills and valleys of south-eastern Montague County. It is a single structure school building, housing grades Pre-K through 12. Our agriculture department is located in a separate 6,000 square foot building, and offers students lessons in woodworking, welding, and small engine repair. The main school is designed with a gymnasium, auditorium with a stage, cafeteria, and concession stand, a library, science lab, seventeen academic classrooms, two teacher workrooms, and a spacious office all under one roof.
An athletic complex is located off of the school site for Six-Man football games, and there are two tennis courts located on the main campus. Athletic Director Coach Cori Hayes along with our coaching staff oversee sports programs that include Cross Country Track, Six-Man Football, Cheerleading, Volleyball, Basketball, Golf, Tennis and Track & Field. The school also serves as the meeting place for the local 4-H chapter, an After-School Program and various fund raising activities.
(Front facade of old school building on display in cafeteria.)
Forestburg ISD is located in Montague County, which has an approximate population of 20,000.
Forestburg is an unincorporated community with a population of approximately 600 people. Forestburg boasts a post office, several churches, community center, community playground, Rodeo Arena, Volunteer Fire Department, and a convenience store.
The Forestburg Country Store offers farm and ranch supplies, along with a few essential grocery items, gasoline, and a daily lunch grill. There are historic sites located in the town that echo back to Forestburg’s frontier days and its place along the historic Chisholm Trail.
Every summer the community hosts the...
Annual Forestburg Watermelon Festival
In conjunction with...
“Biggest Little Rodeo in Texas”
In 2020, Forestburg will celebrate the events 40th anniversary. As they have for the past decades, people will come from near and far to enjoy a day filled with good old-fashioned, country style, family fun. Cold watermelon slices and snow-cones help beat the summer heat, and a community lunch in the town’s community center provides an opportunity for “old-timers” to tell stories and new friendships to form. But the fun’s not over yet...
Later that night all the excitement of rodeo Bull Riden’, Ranch Bronc, Barrel Racing and everyone’s favorite…
Mutton Bustin’ will delight young and old alike!
All topped off with outdoor, country and western dancing to the live music of local artists.
“It just don’t get any better than that!”
OUR School District
The school is a property-wealthy district due mainly to oil and natural gas production in the area. Farming and ranching are the main local industries. Longhorn cattle grazing in the pastures surrounding town are a common sight when driving through the countryside. Approximately 190 students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade attend Forestburg ISD.
From its inception in 1918, Forestburg Schools have welcomed many students from Montague and surrounding counties. Forestburg ISD accepts transfers at no cost to the family. Transfer applicants must have good grades, no discipline issues, and bring a letter of recommendation from their current administrator. Currently, Forestburg ISD’s ethnic distribution is 85% white, 14% Hispanic, and 1% Native American.
It is our desire that FISD feel more like a home than a structured learning environment.
It is our hope that you will consider making Forestburg ISD your home too and join our