EPISD Star Facts
Jefferson & Silva Magnet high schools received the "2012 College Readiness Award" from the Texas ACT Council for increasing the number of students taking the ACT Assessment over the past five years and significantly increasing their level of achievement and college readiness.
The EPISD Education Foundation Surprise Patrol provided 31 Classroom Impact Grants ranging from $85 to $1,000 for initiative classroom projects and programs that are multi-grade levels across the District.
Silva Health Magnet's Katherine Stone and Transmountain Early College High School's Kyra Neal are among the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) Semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They will be competing for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.
Douglass Elementary School was named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels. Douglass Elementary School is EPISD's third National Blue Ribbon Schools in two years. Silva Health Magnet and Coldwell Elementary also received this prestigious honor in 2011. Douglass Elementary School has been named one of the 100 "Give with Target" national grant recipients. The campus will be receiving a $25,000 grant as part of Target's commitment to education.
Chapin High School's Jennifer Wilhite, EPISD's 2012 Secondary Teacher of the Year, is the 2013 Region 19 Secondary Teacher of the Year. The sophomore World Literature (Pre AP II) and Gifted and Talented Independent Studies teacher represented Region 19 at the 2013 Texas Teacher of the Year competition.
El Paso High's Jones Stadium was just listed as Maxpreps Top 10 high school football stadiums to see before you die. Jones was the first major concrete stadium built in the country, opening in 1916 with a seating capacity of 12,000.
The Texas Association of Secondary School Principals named Coronado High School Principal Marielo Arazoza Morales as the Region 19 Principal of The Year.
ChildObesity180 named EPISD among the nine winners of their nationwide innovation contest. The competition was designed to identify and reward the most creative, impactful, and scalable school-based programs and technologies to promote children's physical activity. EPISD won $25,000 for being selected as the Southwest Regional winner.
The U.S. Department of Defense awarded $13.3 million in federal funds for the reconstruction of Logan Elementary School. Construction on the new Logan Elementary is expected begin in the spring of 2013 and completed for the 2014-15 school year.
EPISD has earned the Gold level for financial transparency from the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle program, which recognizes local governments across Texas that are striving to meet a high standard for financial transparency online. The Comptroller spotlights those local governments that are: opening their books to the public; providing clear, consistent pictures of spending; and sharing information in a user-friendly format that lets taxpayers easily drill down for more information.
The Class of 2012 had 4,162 graduates receiving nearly $62 million in college scholarships offers.