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Monday Marks ‘Back to School’ for Socorro ISD

The Socorro Independent School District will welcome back more than 46,000 students to 47 campuses on Monday, July 31, 2017.

SISD officials say, “Team SISD is committed to offering students endless opportunities for a well-rounded educational experience using the latest technology advances, more personalized learning programs and numerous courses to earn college credit.”

The district is expanding and refining many programs and resources for student success for the 2017-2018 school year.

The successful WIN program is now offered at 19 campuses across the district and provides students, who struggle in a traditional education setting, more instructional time with a digital device and digital curriculum, and a teacher who loops with them for multiple years.

The WIN Academy has expanded this year to H.D. Hilley Elementary School, Salvador H. Sanchez Middle School and Socorro High School.

With the opening of Trailblazers Early College at Americas High School, TEC offers students an opportunity to earn an associate’s degree or 60 college credit hours and a high school diploma in a comprehensive high school environment. Team SISD offers the most early college high school programs in the region.

SISD Officials say, “More and more Team SISD students are earning college credit while in high school by taking dual credit courses. The rigorous classes challenge students and allow them to get ahead and save money.”

Courses are available at all SISD high schools. In the 2016-2017 school year, students and their parents saved over $9 million in college tuition.

Every comprehensive high school in SISD offers an advanced academics academy to give real-world experiences and specialized classes and training.

Students have a choice of a Business Academy at Pebble Hills High School; School of Advanced Technology Applications at Eastlake High School; SYNERGI4 at Montwood High School; International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at El Dorado High School; Health Professions Academy at Socorro High School; or Libertas – Law Academy at Americas High School. For the first time this school year, the IB program at El Dorado High School is open to out-of-district students to apply for enrollment.

The district’s newest advanced academic academy has partnered with GECU to open a mini branch on-site for students and district employees beginning Aug. 14. Sparta students will have the opportunity to work at the branch and be exposed to an actual working environment in the business and finance field.

Team SISD is working proactively to manage the rapid growth in the district and plan for the future while maximizing existing facilities to ensure all students are provided high-quality, safe and equitable learning environments.

SISD’s successful $297.4 million Bond 2011 program resulted in the construction of three new elementary schools, one middle school, the completion of Eastlake and Pebble Hills High Schools and improvements throughout the district.

The district completed all Bond 2011 projects on time and well under budget saving $37.4 million, which allowed for the modernization of four middle schools and the construction of a new elementary school that will open for the 2018-2019 school year in the Pebble Hills area in far east El Paso.

Operation College Bound ensures every campus embraces a college-bound culture, raising awareness and offering activities on post-secondary education. Students are motivated and guided to reach their college aspirations.

In turn, Team SISD develops globally competitive students who graduate from high school prepared for the college and career of their choice. As part of Operation Future Ready, Team SISD continues to invest in technology and has expanded its Digitally Nurturing Academics Program (DNA 1:1), placing laptop devices in the hands of more students in the district.

For the first time this year, all SISD freshmen at every high school will receive a personal laptop to use for their four years in high school. Also, for the first time, all Socorro High School students (freshmen to seniors) have a personal laptop for 24/7 digital learning. The DNA program started with Socorro High freshmen in 2014.

Team SISD’s CTE students earn about 6,000 industry-recognized certifications annually in nationally recognized programs showing proof they are ready with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the workforce. SISD offers 16 career clusters and more than 45 specialized tracks for student to choose from.

The district’s Career Awareness Showcase and College, Career, and Job Expo showcases the educational and career opportunities available to students while in high school and after graduation.

All four-year-old students in Team SISD are eligible for free half-day Pre-Kindergarten regardless if they meet state requirements for free pre-k.

In addition, Team SISD offers free full-day pre-k on a first-come, first-served basis to those who qualify, and a tuition-based half-day program to those who do not qualify for free pre-k to combine the free half-day with a tuition-based half-day for a full-day option.

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