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The Texas Education Agency Grants Burnham Wood Charter School District 10 more years
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has awarded Burnham Wood Charter School District a second 10-year renewal contract and found no violation of fiduciary duty by the Board of Trustees in the 2006 purchase of a school campus.
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2016-2017 Enrollment Season Starts NOW
The Burnham Wood Family of High Performing Schools has begun accepting enrollment for the 2016-2017 School Year from any resident in El Paso County in March. Vista del Futuro will offer grades Kinder through sixth. Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts serves grades sixth through twelve. It has been designated a Distinguished Texas STEM Academy by TEA. Howard Burnham Elementary School was the first charter school to open in El Paso. It serves grades Kinder through fifth. Your child can attend our schools. There is no tuition. These are public, charter schools. Give your student an opportunity to achieve in a world class learning environment. Applications for new students will be posted on the website and available at the schools front office beginning March 1st. Throughout the Spring and Summer months we will be offering Open Houses where you can learn more about our schools. For more information and Open House dates click HERE.
Vista del Futuro Charter School, part of the El Paso Education Initiative, Inc. high performing charter schools, has received two prestigious recognitions this week from the Texas Education Agency.
Within a matter of days, TEA has announced that Vista del Futuro is one of seven schools across the state to participate in a best practices case study project. Vista del Futuro qualified to participate in the case study because it had been designated by TEA as a High Performing and High Progress Title I Reward School. The case study project – which will be carried out by representatives from TEA- will meet with members of each campus leadership team. In these meetings, field researchers will conduct interviews to learn more about a school’s improvement practices and successes.
The second recognition, announced by Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, is his nomination of Vista del Futuro to the U.S. Department of Education for national recognition as a 2016 Blue Ribbon School. The school qualified due to its exemplary high performance as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. The nominated schools must now complete a rigorous application process through the U.S. Department of Education. Announcements of the national award winners will be made in September 2016. Schools that receive the award are recognized at the Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Vista del Futuro is the newest school to join the charter school family of three campus: Howard Burnham Elementary and Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts. Superintendent Iris Burnham exclaimed that “Now all three of our campuses have reached a high level of distinction for their dedication to teaching all children.”
All three schools are free to students living in El Paso County and are accepted each March by a lottery.
- Board of Directors Agenda (04.11.2016)
- Board of Directors Agenda (03.09.2016)
- Board of Directors Agenda (02.10.2016)
- Board of Directors Agenda (01.20.2016)
A high-performance reward school is identified as a Title I school with distinctions based on reading and math performance. Vista Del Futuro was recognized as one of two elementary schools in the Region 19 area to meet 6 out of 6 distinctions for 2014. Da Vinci was recognized as one out of five high schools in the Region 19 area to meet 6 out of 6 distinctions for 2014.
MISSION 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.
CURRICULUM 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
Da Vinci Recieves U.S. News & World Report Recognition
The Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts serves grades 5-12.This outstanding STEAM Academy(Emphasizing science, technology, engineering, arts and math) has been recognized by U.S. News & World Reportas one of the top high schools in the nation for the 2013-2014 School Year! Da Vinci students share their success on Telemundo News Broadcast! To view the video click HERE!
“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
Board of Directors
- Mr. Leonard Lidiak, Retired President Emeritus, State National Bank
- Mr. Carlos Kaplan, Businessman and Parent
- Ms. Amy A. Nichols, Attorney, Kubinski & Nichols, P.C. and Parent
- Mr. Stanley Esparza, Technical Support Coordinator, TelerX and Parent
- Mr. Eric Summer, Senior Software Engineer, Exelis, Inc. and Parent
- Mr. Rogelio Chacon, Human Resources, Becton Dickinson and Parent
- Ms. Iris Burnham, Founder & Superintendent Emeritus
- BWCSD Parent Portal or VDFCS Parent Portal
- 2015-16 Instructional Calendar
- Breakfast/Lunch Menus updated
- Parent – Student Handbook
- April 22: End of 5th Six Weeks
- April 23: DV Car & Bike Show 12-5pm
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- April 23: HBE Ballroom Dance Expo
- April 29: HBE Scholastic Book Fair and 2nd & 3rd Grade Science Fair
- April 30: Da Vinci Prom 7-11pm
You Should Know…
Students from the Da Vinci Student Council participated and volunteered at the 4th Annual Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Walk Sunday, April 24th at Yucca Park’s Victim Memorial Garden. Click HERE for the full article and pictures.
Students from the Da Vinci Student Council attended the 80th Annual Texas Association of Student Councils Conference this past week in Arlington, TX. Click HERE for more information.
The Da Vinci UIL Mathematics and Spelling teams won 1st place in the district competition this past weekend. Click HERE for more information.
High school students work very hard for the Best of Texas UIL Spelling and Vocabulary Contest. Click HERE for the full article.
See what the Da Vinci Dragon Robotics Team has been up to this year! Click HERE for more information and pictures.
Your Da Vinci student council assisted the El Paso Habitat for Humanity Monday January 18th in building a house for a family in need. Click HERE to view full article and pictures.
Da Vinci LANYARDS for Sale! Don’t lose your School Student ID and put it on a lanyard! Get yours today at the Da Vinci School front office for only $5.00. Hurry while supplies last! Click HERE to see what they look like.
Freshmen students attended Project Based Learning (PBL) activities at Port Aransas by the Gulf of Mexico. They encountered beautiful marine life while learning about ecosystems, adaptations of animals and plants, interactions of non-living factors with living organisms, and the interdependence of humans and oceans. To view the full article and video click HERE.
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Chico visits our students! Click HERE to view more pictures.
Get the latest information on events and dealines! Click HERE to view the April Newsletter!
Science Fair Planning Guide 2016
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Teachers Receive Up-to-Date Training
Our HBE teachers work and train to continuously improve your child’s education. Click HERE for the full article and picture.
HBE Learns about Chinese Moon Festival
On Thursday, September 24th, HBE 4th grade students learned about the origin of the Moon Festival. Click HERE for the full article and pictures.
Congratulations! Texas Honors Circle Award! For a third 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 347 schools and 25 charters in Texas to be acclaimed for its high academic performance and fiscal conservatism. More info.
You Should Know…
Congratulations! Vista Del Futuro Charter School has earned recognition as a 2014-2015 Federal and TEA Reward School! Using data obtained from the 2013 Accountability Reports, the agency has generated a list of high-progress and high-performing schools based on statewide reading and mathematics assessments and graduation rates.To view the Region 19 video click HERE.
7310 Bishop Flores El Paso, TX 79912
Phone: (915) 584-9499 Fax: (915) 585-8814
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