ECISD Public Information

Edinburg CISD will begin recruiting students for its new Vision Academy of Excellence which will open Jan. 18, 2010 with the intent of helping high school students meet the requirements to graduate, according to school officials.

The board of trustees has hired Nelda R. Garza, an experienced educator and Edinburg native, to serve as the Vision Academy director, and Felipe Lozano, a counselor at Johnny G. Economedes High School, to serve as the counselor for the Academy.

For information on the Academy, Edinburg students or parents may call the Academy offices at 289-2584 or ECISD Administration at 289-2300.

The Academy will be federally- funded and will occupy five portable buildings and two office spaces previously used by the Technology Department and the Parental Involvement Office. 

The goal of the Academy is to help all students master the competencies that have prevented them from being able to graduate from high school and in some cases dropping out of school.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) defines a “dropout” as a student who is enrolled in public school in Grades 7-12, and does not return to public school the following fall, is not expelled, and does not graduate, receive a GED, or continue school outside the public school system, begins college, or dies.

Central administrators said the “dropouts” in the ECISD either:

    •    Have not met the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) standard

    •    Have not met the TAKS standard and do not have enough credits to graduate

    •    Have met the TAKS standard but do not have enough credits to graduate

The Academy will address the needs of second year ECISD seniors who were not able to complete all high school graduation requirements due to a lack of credits; did not master the TAKS; or both.

In order to be eligible to attend the Vision Academy, students would have to meet the following eligibility criteria:

    •    Be 18 to 25 years-of-age on or before Sept. 1st

    •    Must have been enrolled in ECISD the previous three school years if 22 years or older after Sept. 1st

    •    Lack three credits or less to graduate

    •    Need to pass one or more sections of the TAKS test

The Vision Academy would offer a self-paced curriculum; TAKS preparation classes; guidance and counseling services; assistance in obtaining day care or social services if needed; and would be in partnership with South Texas College and UT-Pan American.

The academy would be staffed by a program director; a counselor; four content area teachers; a computer lab teacher; a nurse; a secretary; a PEIMS clerk; and a custodian.