Socorro Independent School District

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Socorro Independent School District (SISD) is a fast-growing urban school district in the state of Texas covering 135 square miles in East El Paso, El Paso County, the City of Socorro and Horizon City. SISD serves more than 46,500 students with innovative instruction in state-of-the art facilities. SISD is an outstanding educational institution having earned TEA Met Standard status for the district as a whole and for all rated campuses, and SISD schools earning 144 Distinction Designations in the 2017 TEA accountability ratings. For the fourth consecutive year, SISD students surpassed the state passing rate in all STAAR exams for grades three through eight in spring 2017.[1]

The district has earned numerous accolades for outstanding instruction and leadership, including Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza earning the national 2017 Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education, the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education Award, the 2017 Consortium for School Networking Team Achievement Award. In addition, Team SISD was a two-time finalist for the prestigious HEB Excellence in Education award, the SISD Board of Trustees was a two-time Region 19 Board of the Year and a top five Texas Honor Board, and Dr. Espinoza earned the 2016 Region 19 Superintendent of the Year award.

The district is dedicated to offering the best education in all 48 of its campuses focusing on student achievement and providing endless opportunities for all students. SISD educators are highly qualified and work to ensure all students have the best resources and instruction to succeed. The district operates on a year-round calendar from July to May with a fall and spring intersession. Team SISD is committed to treat and educate all students as if they are our own children and to ensure students are college and career-ready when they graduate from high school.


In 1961, the residents of Socorro voted 63-0 for the formation of the Socorro Independent School District. At the time, Escontrias Elementary School was the only campus in the area for students. High school students attended Clint High School or Ysleta High School.

It wasn't until 1964 that the district built its first high school, Socorro High School. Socorro High School would house about 2,800 students for 40 years. The district's Board of Trustees decided that they needed another high school. In 1990, Montwood High School was built. The district built its football stadium, the SISD Student Activities Complex, in 1991. These two schools would begin an annual rivalry in football, in which the winner takes home the "Helmet"; a football helmet with a red side to represent Socorro, and a green side to represent Montwood. Montwood would serve about 3,000 students, when again, the board decided they needed a new school. Americas High School was built in 1996 and serves about 3,000 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 were 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]

Early College Programs[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

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

K-8 Schools[edit]

  • Grades kindergarten through eighth-grade
    • Bill Sybert School
    • Desert Wind School
    • Jane A. Hambric School
    • John Drugan School
    • Paso del Norte School
    • Ernesto Serna School

Elementary schools[edit]

    • Benito Martinez Elementary School
    • Campestre Elementary School (in Socorro)
    • Chester E. Jordan Elementary School
    • Dr. Sue Shook Elementary School
    • 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 P. 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. Jose F. Carrasco Elementary School
    • Sgt. Roberto Ituarte Elementary School
    • Sierra Vista Elementary School
    • Vista del Sol Elementary School
    • Purple Heart Elementary School

Alternate schools[edit]

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


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