Socorro Independent School District

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The Socorro Independent School District or SISD is a school district located in El Paso County, Texas. It includes the greater part of Socorro, the extreme western part of Horizon City, and the far east side of El Paso, as well as the unincorporated communities of Sparks, El Paso Hills and Colonia Revolucion adjoining Horizon City and an uninhabited portion of Fort Bliss.

The Superintendent of Schools is Dr. José Espinoza.

In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[1]


In 1961, the residents of Socorro voted 63-0 for the formation of the Socorro Independent School District. At the time, only one school was open for the students in the area, Escontrias Elementary. Students who attended high school went to nearby Clint High School or Ysleta High School.

It wasn't until 1964 that the district's first high school, Socorro High School was built. Socorro High would house about 2800 students for about 40 years. The district's Board of Trustees decided that they needed another high school. In 1990 Montwood High School was built. In 1991, the district's football stadium, the SISD Student Activities Complex, was built. These two schools would begin an annual rivalry in football, in which the winner takes home the "Helmet"; a football helmet with one Red side representing Socorro, and one Green side representing Montwood. Montwood would serve about 3000 students, when again, the Board decided they needed a new school. Americas High School would be built and opened by September 1996 and serves about 3000 students.

The next addition to SISD was El Dorado High School. The first senior class graduated in 2007. Eastlake High School joined the district in August 2010, in unincorporated El Paso County adjoining Horizon City. The newest additions to the Socorro Independent School District for the 2015-2016 school year will be Purple Heart Elementary School and Pebble Hills High School.

List of Schools[edit]

All schools are in El Paso except when otherwise indicated.

High Schools[edit]

Middle Schools[edit]

  • Grades 6 to 8
    • Captain Walter E. Clarke Middle School
    • Spc. Rafael Hernando III Middle School
    • Montwood Middle School
    • Manuel Puentes Middle School
    • William D. Slider Middle School
    • Sun Ridge Middle School
    • Colonel John O. Ensor Middle School (in Horizon City)
    • Salvador H. Sanchez Middle School (in Socorro)
    • Socorro Middle School (in Socorro)

Elementary-Intermediate Schools[edit]

  • Grades Pre-kindergarten to 8
    • Bill Sybert School
    • Desert Wind School (in El Paso Hills)
    • Jane A. Hambric School
    • John Drugan School
    • Paso del Norte School
    • Ernesto Serna School (in Socorro)

Elementary Schools[edit]

    • Benito Martinez Elementary School
    • Campestre Elementary School (in Socorro)
    • Chester E. Jordan Elementary School
    • Dr. Sue Shook Elementary School (in unincorporated El Paso County adjoining Horizon City)
    • Elfida P. Chavez Elementary School
    • Escontrias Elementary School (in Socorro)
    • H.D. Hilley Elementary School (in Socorro)
    • Helen Ball Elementary School
    • Horizon Heights Elementary School (in Horizon City)
    • Hueco Elementary School (in Socorro)
    • Hurshel Antwine Elementary School
    • James Butler Elementary School
    • Loma Verde Elementary School
    • Lujan-Chavez Elementary School
    • Myrtle Cooper Elementary School
    • O'Shea Keleher Elementary School
    • Robert R. Rojas Elementary School (in Socorro)
    • SGT. Roberto Ituarte Elementary School
    • Sierra Vista Elementary School
    • Vista del Sol Elementary School
    • Purple Heart Elementary School (Will Open the 2015-2016 School Year)

Special Campuses[edit]

  • KEYS Academy (Grades 1 through 5) (alternative school, in Socorro)
  • KEYS Academy (Grades 6 through 12) (alternative school, in Socorro)


  1. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. 
  2. ^ a b Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)

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