EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Parents, if your child is more of a hands-on learner and wants to become an engineer, mathematician, dancer, or even a journalist, keep reading because it might pique their interest.
The Socorro Independent School District is opening two new schools at the start of the 2022-23 school year.
Paso Del Norte Elementary, located at 12300 Tierra Este Road, will be converted to the new Academy of Fine Arts and Escontrias Elementary, 10400 Alameda, will become the new STEM known as Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and math.
Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools, Melissa Parham oversees 17 elementary schools and works extensively with parents on school curriculum.
She tells KTSM that they want to help kids succeed in learning and what better than performing arts? She adds that this is when the new superintendent, Dr. Nate Carmen, came up with the idea of giving students different choices.
“Dr. Carmen wants to give elementary school students the opportunity to experience many different areas of fine art. So during the day they can attend art, music, dance, theater, broadcasting, digital art. We looked at having a lot of extracurricular clubs that were very steeped in the fine arts,” Parham said.
As for Escontrias Elementary, it will be a STEAM academy, providing science, math, technology, and engineering labs for students to take while attending the academy.
Parham says teachers will be trained by the Kennedy Center and while not all teachers are already in fine arts, the Kennedy Center will train teachers to integrate fine arts into their core curriculum.
Although there is a waiting list at the moment, everyone has a very good chance of getting into an academy. However, don’t wait too long as the waiting list can get longer.
“If you live in the district and for some reason your child is not attending one of our schools, they will just apply for the district. They will just have to register, if you are out of district there will be an out of district form. You fill it out, you submit it, and there’s a bit of documentation that will have to go with it. We’ll see if it’s approved.
Adding that children will always have the chance to have a one-on-one learning experience with tutors.
With limited open registrations, parents can now enroll their children in either of these two academies before the start of the school year on August 1. For more information on Elementary STEM and Fine Arts Academy, click here.