• David E. Smith Elementary School is located in Haltom City, Texas.  Originally named Browning Heights when it opened in 1954, the name was changed in 1988 to recognize the exceptional leadership of a person who had been the principal for thirty-four years.  His demonstration of commitment to the school has been embraced by the staff, students, parents, and surrounding community of David E. Smith. Our campus was last renovated and upgraded in 2016. 

    In a world that has experienced much change during the existence of this school, the mission of David E. Smith Elementary has reflected the goal of helping every child reach his full potential.  With the support of staff, family, and community we have been able to achieve this goal.  The recognized and exemplary ratings awarded by the state of Texas for the last four years are an indication of this accomplishment.  In 1998, the school was also designated as a Title I Distinguished school and received a four-star rating from Texas Monthly.  The community we serve is northeast of Fort Worth, Texas.  The school is one of twenty-one elementary campuses in the Birdville Independent School District.  


    David E. Smith is an outstanding example of a neighborhood school.  Many of the children who were students here in the 1960s and 1970s are now bringing their children and grandchildren to be educated in the same classrooms, sometimes by the same teachers.  The camaraderie of DES motivates teachers to remain a part of our staff.  Several teachers have retired after serving in the school for twenty or more years, and several staff members were former DES students.


    David E. Smith Elementary places a high priority on technology and media services.  The library boasts a collection of 6000 current items.  We have over one hundred computers in the building as well as some of the newest items in technology, such as projectors, document cameras, smart boards, and notepads.  We are also equipped with distance-learning equipment for further classroom learning.
    Families are always encouraged to become contributing members of the school community.  We have one of the most active parent volunteer organizations in the district.  The hours they spend helping our school are of direct benefit to their children.

    The focus of David E. Smith Elementary is on individual student needs.  Our leadership, curriculum, support services, teaching styles, general school environment, and community partnerships form the foundation for student success.  We strive in every area to uphold our motto: David E. Smith Elementary...Where Lions Roar!


    Mission Statement: We, the educators at David E. Smith Elementary School, believe that all children, regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds or prior school experiences, are capable of learning if they have properly designed and specified learning objectives.


    David E. Smith Elementary students/staff will begin attending school with the students/staff assigned to W.T. Francisco Elementary starting in August 2023. This merger of two schools into one family is happening so that the existing Smith Elementary building can be torn down and a new campus can be constructed on that site. By the fall of 2025, the students/staff at both schools will move to the Smith Elementary site. 

    Beginning in August 2023

    School Name: W.T. Francisco, renamed to David E. Smith Elementary 

    School Address: 3701 Layton Avenue, Haltom City, TX 76117 

    School Colors: Blue and Red 

    Mascot: Lion 

    Cafeteria: Francisco Cafeteria 

    Principal: Amanda Holman 

    Expected Opening of New Campus: Fall 2025 

    Feeder Schools: Haltom Middle, Haltom High  

Last Modified on August 24, 2023