Thousands of students returned to the Socorro Independent School District Monday for the 2018-2019 school year.
“Team SISD is a destination district,” said SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D., who has been nationally recognized for his innovative, highly successful approach to education. “We are ready for a new year bringing new and exciting endless opportunities to our students to help them become college and career ready.”
Some 3,500 educators at 48 campuses greeted the youngsters, with district officials adding “[teachers are] ready to provide them opportunities so they can succeed now and in the future.”
Parents were also very much looking forward to the start of school in SISD.
“I did my research before we came to El Paso,” said Mamie Peña, a mother of two students in SISD schools and military spouse. “I knew this was the best district. I know a lot of military families that are at SISD for the same reason I am here. This is the district I wanted my children to go to. They had everything my children needed. That’s why I moved here.”
From new schools to new programs for this school year, Socorro ISD offered parents and students a variety of options. Some of the new things around the district include:
SISD’s 48th school – Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco Elementary – opened its doors in the Pebble Hills area and welcomed 750 students;
SPC. Rafael Hernando II Middle School’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP), a middle school program that will give students a global experience with international studies and civic mindedness;
El Dorado High School’s Aztec Architectural Academy, the first advanced academics academy of its kind in the region that will allow students to gain a foundation in the fields of interior design, construction, civil engineering, and architecture.
SISD officials add, “El Paso’s fastest growing district continues to have the overall No. 1 student performance based on the latest assessment scores from the state, which shows the district outperforming the state and region overall in STAAR/EOC exams…SISD also has achieved its highest graduation rate ever at 91.5 percent.”