School Colors: Maroon and White
School Mascot: Bulldog
Beck Junior High School
Named after longtime Katy educators Rodger and Ellen Beck, Katy ISD's sixth junior high opened in 1996. Beck students have a strong academic focus as evidenced by some of the state's highest STAAR scores.
More than 16 percent of the students participate in the gifted and talented program. The school has an excellent fine arts department, which includes beginning instruction and advanced performing groups in orchestra, choir, band, theatre and art. Competitive athletic teams include volleyball, football, basketball, track, tennis and soccer for seventh and eighth graders. Extracurricular activities include Destination ImagiNation, Academic Pentathlon, Quiz Bowl, Student Council and National Junior Honor Society.
BJH has an integrated technology program that spans all grade levels, requiring every core teacher to spend time in the computer lab presenting a course objective and a technology objective in tandem. Each year eighth graders are introduced to the world of work at a Career Fair and sixth graders participate in a campus International Festival. The seventh grade students participate in a College Education Preparatory unit, sponsored by the College Board.
An active PTA and volunteer program support Beck in a variety of ways: publishing a monthly newsletter, sponsoring social activities for students, providing office support, funding other building and classroom needs, assisting in homemaking and special education classes, providing support for drama productions and leading the Junior Achievement program in sixth grade classes. Parents also participate in the Beck Buddy program in which parents and students welcome newcomers to our school community.
Seven schools in Katy ISD ranked among the top 25 in the Children at Risk's 2016 Greater Houston Rankings. Children at Risk, a local nonprofit, ranked more than 1,300 public schools in the eight-county Houston region. Beck JH ranked No. 7 out of 303 middle schools. The school rankings, based mostly on student test scores, strive to serve as an accessible guide for parents, educators, and community members on the performance of local schools and to spark important community dialogue on the quality of public education in Texas.