Hurst, Euless & Bedford are three separate cities in the DFW metroplex. They are often referred to together in reference to the HEB independent school district (HEBISD) which was founded in 1958. The cities decided to merge their school districts together to create a more resourceful education system. The district enrolls more than 19,000 students throughout more than 30 total campuses. Although the district’s name references Hurst, Euless & Bedford, it also serves minimal parts of NRH, Colleyville & Fort Worth. HEB ISD spans 44.7 square miles. Of the campuses in operation, 20 are elementary schools, four are junior high schools, five are high Schools, and two are alternative campuses. HEBISD is a leader in educational diversity and offers numerous outstanding opportunities for its students. The most notable of these opportunities come from the district’s “Schools of Choice” programs which offer Core Knowledge Pre-K, Suzuki Strings and Secondary Orchestra, Spanish Immersion, International Business Initiative, and Elementary World Languages. HEBISD also has partner schools throughout the world including China, India, and Morrocco where students enrolled in Asian language programs can stay with host families and attend school abroad. For students with a more technical interest, the district’s new Gene A. Buinger Career and Technical Education Academy offers instructional space for numerous career paths including animation, architecture, audio/video production, automotive technology, collision repair and refinishing, computer technology, cosmetology, culinary arts, education engineering, health science, and law and public safety. As of 2014, the tax rate in the district is $1.375 per $100, according to Tarrant County’s budget information.