The El Paso Independent School District for Adult Education, through Literacy, Citizenship, Basic Education, HSE, job training, productive employment, and life-long learning, in partnership with public and private agencies provides opportunities for educationally disadvantage adults which will enhance their professional, educational, and personal skills to achieve self-sufficiency to compete in the 21st Century.
San Jacinto Adult Learning Center was built in 1905, designed by Edward Kneezell and is the oldest school building in El Paso still in use. When this school was built it was literally at the edge of the city on land sold by Joseph Magoffin to the City School Board. The school closed down as an elementary school in 1976 housing those whom lived east of downtown.The red brick building with its wooden floors, high ceilings and steam heaters retains an excellent example of the architecture of its era. The school has thirteen available classrooms and three computer labs, its0 offices are located on the middle floor. The lower floor, basement, houses 4 classrooms, one computer lab, warehouse, and student lunchroom without a kitchen.
The students attend in three sessions: in the morning from 8:00 a.m. 'til 12:00 noon, in the afternoon from 12:30 p.m. 'til 3:00 p.m., and in the evenings from 6:00 p.m. 'til 9:00 Tuesday through Thursday. Courses are offered in English as Second Language (3 levels), High School Equivalency (formerly GED also offered in Spanish), Integrated Education and Training (vocational courses), and distance learning courses. For many of our entry level students, primarily women, this is their first opportunity for an education. Some of these students dropped out and returned thirty, forthy or fifty years later to complete what they left in hiatus, in such nostalgia, they utter the words, "Teacher, I've been here before, this was my fifth grade class. I used to sit right there, I have returned to complete my HSE but it feels strange."