Mission area parents will have several new options for their children’s education this coming school year through Mission CISD.

At the elementary level, the district is introducing two new academies: Salinas Elementary School Fine Arts Academy and Leal Elementary School of Technology and Engineering. In each case, students who live in those two attendance zones will get the added benefits of the fine arts or technology focuses without needing to complete any additional paperwork. Students living outside the attendance areas of the two schools will need to complete a transfer request form. Those are available on the district’s webpage, at the campus, or at Central Office (1201 Bryce Drive).

Mission CISD is also starting a full-day pre-k program for children who will be three years of age on or before September 1, 2019. Students must meet certain state eligibility requirements. This program will only be offered at the following three schools: Salinas Elementary Fine Arts Academy, Escobar/Rios Elementary School, and Leal Elementary School of Technology and Engineering.

Mission CISD now has three early college high school options for interested students. In addition to Mission Collegiate High School, and the Career Tech Early College program at Mission High School, Veterans Memorial High School is now offering the Patriot Early College Academy. The Patriot Academy will focus on Engineering, Architecture, and Business.

While not an official early college high school program, Mission High School does also offer a state recognized T-STEM academy.