2014-2015 Enrollment Begins

Beginning March 1st, The Burnham Wood Family of High Performing Schools is opening enrollment for the 2014-2015 School Year to all residents of El Paso County. The schools, Da Vinci School for Science & the Arts,  Howard Burnham Elementary School, and Vista del Futuro Elementary School, will be hosting Open Houses throughout the month of March. Next year, the Vista del Futuro Elementary School will add a sixth grade. According to Superintendent, Iris Burnham, many parents have expressed an interest in their children attending a small, high performing 6th grade rather than sending them to a large, overwhelming middle school.  All applicants will be selected by Lottery on April 1st.



Superintendent’s Message

It’s Sweet Sixteen for the El Paso Education Initiative, Inc.

Having completed our Quincenera year (2012-2013) our schools have met the challenges laid before them with success. All of our campuses have met AYP (Average Yearly Progress). Vista del Futuro, our relatively new elementary campus on the Eastside of El Paso, received distinctions in Reading, Math and Progress. On the new and unfamiliar state assessments (STAAR) all schools demonstrated high performance in the reading and math areas. Of particular note are the exceptionally high passing rates on the various End of Course tests our Da Vinci students earned. We must also mention that 100% of our eleventh graders taking the TAKS Exit tests passed all Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies components.

While we do not want to teach to a test, we recognize the reality of being judged by how well our students perform on these new instruments. Our strategy has been to conduct several benchmark tests throughout the year, so we can track each student’s progress and monitor those who need more assistance. Working with testing data has refined teachers’ instruction and prevented students from falling through the cracks. With the support of our parents and the cooperation and the acceptance by our students, we came out on top!

Nevertheless, our teachers have not turned away from the enrichment activities, as well as the project based learning activities that make school so much fun. In addition, we have added a number of clubs and opportunities for students to be creative and excel in areas such as Lego robotics, Suzuki violin, Latin, Piano, Student Council, and much more. Along with these new activities are competitions that have brought our teams awards and recognition. Consequently we have had invitations to travel to regional and state level contests, particularly in robotics and engineering. Unfortunately these opportunities require extensive fundraising that often place a burden on our families’ budgets and the students’ time. For these reasons, we must reach out to the greater community and tell them about the wonderful opportunities our charter schools are offering El Paso children free of charge. We need them to partner up with our campuses in order to lend the extra support that helps us shine and compete.

As we enter our sixteenth year, we hope to light those celebratory candles so that our community will be drawn to the accomplishments of this small, nonprofit organization, and will join us as Advisory Board members and generous donors to the many worthwhile projects we hope to execute. For example our new robot is waiting for a name and a sponsor. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to put the name for an El Paso business/donor on our student designed robot that is destined, as they have in the past, to travel to the Dallas Regionals and play its little wires out in some soon to be revealed competition?

What about our talented and enthusiastic performers who desire nothing more than to find venues where they might display their music, dance and art? Then there are our Da Vinci high school students looking for community internships that will spark their career interests and hopefully keep them in El Paso after they complete their education. How many businesses are out there that will see the light of those sixteen candles and open their hearts to them? We are hopeful and excited for the outcomes.

El Paso Education Initiative Inc.- a 501c3 nonprofit organization- is the charter holder for three high performing, public, charter schools – Howard Burnham Elementary, Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts, and Vista del Futuro Elementary. We are committed to providing our students with the best education in a nurturing, safe environment.


Our mission is to work in solid partnership with the family and community in order to prepare children to accept responsibility for their own learning. We offer students a framework that encourages lifelong learning through skills building, creativity, a sense of self-worth, and ethical values necessary to survive and grow in an ever-changing, diverse, global, society.


We provide a rigorous, integrated curriculum with an Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) focus. This model allows students the necessary time to develop intellectually, socially, and artistically. Classes are small and our teachers promote a personalized learning environment that advances our core values: respect, responsibility, quality of self and work. Instruction includes:

  • Phonics-Based Reading Program
  • Self-Paced and Mastery-Based Instruction
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Enrichment Programs
  • Pre AP & Advanced Placement Courses in MiddleSchool and High School
  • Optional Suzuki Violin and Piano lessons
  • Double Math Periods
  • Robotics and Engineering
  • Graphic Design and Media
  • Dual High School and College Credit
  • Community Service and Internships Performing Arts classes: guitar, strings, band, dance, choir
  • Visual Arts

“My eight year-old daughter has been playing the violin for three years now thanks to the Suzuki Violin program that the school offers starting in Kinder. It is so rewarding to see my daughter advancing academically and musically! ” – Melodya Salaices

Quick Links

Parents, click here to access the BWCSD Parent Portal or the VDFCSD Parent Portal

Enroll Now in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund®

If you or someone you know is looking for an affordable way to save for a child’s higher education, the Texas Tuition Promise Fund® could be the answer. There’s no better time to discover the program or begin saving, but don’t delay because the Texas Tuition Promise Fund is only open for this enrollment period through Feb. 28, 2014. (Enrollment for newborns is open through July 31, 2014.)

Read more at the Howard Burnham Newsletter
Read more at the Da Vinci Newsletter
Read more at the Vista del Futuro Newsletter

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May 16th, 2014 - HBE 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade Science Fair
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Texas Honors Circle Award

For a second time, the Texas State Comptroller has recognized the Burnham Wood Charter School District with their prestigious Texas Honors Circle Award. This year the high performing Howard Burnham Elementary School has been selected as one of only 317 campuses in Texas to be acclaimed for its high academic performance and fiscal conservatism. Read More

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Board of Directors

  • Mr. Leonard Lidiak, Retired President Emeritis, State National Bank
  • Mr. Carlos Kaplan, Businessman and Parent
  • Mr. Eric Braham, U.S. Government Postal Employee and Parent
  • Ms. Amy A. Nichols, Attorney, Kubinski & Associates, P.C. and Parent
  • Mr. Stanley Esparza, Technical Support Coordinator, TelerX and Parent
  • Ms. Iris Burnham, Founder & Superintendent


School Locations


Howard Burnham

7310 Bishop Flores
El Paso, TX 79912

Phone: (915) 584-9499
Fax: (915) 585-8814

Da Vinci

785 Southwestern Dr
El Paso, Texas 79912

Phone: (915) 584-4024
Fax: (915) 581-9840

Vista del Futuro

1671 Bob Hope Dr.
El Paso, TX 79936

Phone: (915) 855-8143
Fax: (915) 855-8179