History made: Socorro ISD enrolls student number 45,000

The Socorro Independent School District hit a significant milestone this week. The area’s second-largest district surpassed 45,000 students, which is some 2,500 more than just five years ago.

“This is a major milestone for Team SISD,” said Dr. José Espinoza, SISD Superintendent of Schools. “The rate of growth that we continue to experience speaks volumes to the trust parents and our community have in Team SISD to educate and support ALL students as if they were our very own children.”

Chester Jordan Elementary second grader, Leonardo Alvarez, was the 45,000th student to enroll in SISD on Aug. 12. His little sister, Danica Alvarez, who enrolled along with her brother, was the 45,001st student registered in the district.

“What made us enroll our children with SISD was the district’s reputation for having a great system in place and good educators,” said Georgina Hernandez, Leonardo’s and Danica’s mother. “Now seeing how they operate and how they help students, I know we chose the right district for my children.”

SISD continues to grow at a steady pace. In the 1982-1983 school year, the district had 6,095 students. By the 1995-1996 school year, the student population grew to 20,114 and has since more than doubled to 45,000+.

Growth has been managed with strong community support of bond programs and the strategic maximization of existing facilities. This year, the district opened its 47th campus and converted El Dorado 9th Grade Academy to Pebble Hills High School to absorb growth. Boundary adjustments and pre-k hubs have also helped balance enrollment districtwide.

“As we continue to grow, we will work closely with our community to ensure that we maximize all resources to ensure every student attends a great school and is provided an equitable education,” Dr. Espinoza added.

Author: Socorro ISD