You Should Know…

2016-2017 Enrollment Season Coming Soon

The Burnham Wood Family of High Performing Schools will begin 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 click HERE.

trophyCongratulations! Two State Awards in One Week

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.

Updated 2.2016

  • Board of Directors Agenda (02.10.2016)
  • Board of Directors Agenda (01.20.2016)
  • Board of Directors Agenda (12.10.2015)
  • Board of Directors Agenda (11.16.2015)

Updated 2.2015

trophyCongratulations Vista Del Futuro and Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts for being a TEA Rewards School!!

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

DV News Award 2014 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
  • Mr. Eric Braham, U.S. Government Postal Employee 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
  • Ms. Iris Burnham, Founder & Superintendent Emeritus

Quick Links

Quick Reminders

  • Jan. 22: End of 1st Semester
  • Feb. 5: Early Release HBE and VdF
  • Feb. 12: Early Release Da Vinci Only
  • Feb. 15: HBE Picture Day
  • March 7-11: Spring Break
  • March 25: No School

You Should Know…

20151114_103810Dragon Robotics

See what the Da Vinci Dragon Robotics Team has been up to this year! Click HERE for more information and pictures.

20140709_094250Learn about UIL Math Club

Their next math meet will be Sat. Feb. 13th, at Franklin High School. Click HERE for more information.

habitat3Student Council Helps Build a House with Habitat for Humanity

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.

DragonDa 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.

FishFreshmen Visit Port Aransas, Texas

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.

City Council Pledge of Allegiance to Kick Off the New School Year

Pledge with Mayor 2Mayor Leeser picked our student council students to give the pledge of allegiance Tuesday August 25th during the weekly city council meeting.To view the full article and pictures click HERE.

FUN Leadership Conference

20150626_174921_resizedFifteen student council members recently attended the 2nd Annual For Unity Now (FUN) Youth Leadership Conference, sponsored by the Ocotillo Institute for Social Justice, June 25th & 26th at the Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces, New Mexico. To view the full article and pictures click HERE.

9th Annual Braden Aboud Memorial Run/Walk
IMG_20150517_073444564_HDRDa Vinci student council participated at 9th Annual Braden Aboud Memorial Run/Walk Sunday May 17th. To view the full article and pictures click HERE.

HS Team CelebratingDa Vinci Soccer Teams WIN BIG! Congratulations!
The Da Vinci middle and high school soccer teams received trophies during this school year’s soccer season. To view the full Middle School Article click HERE and to view the full High School Article click HERE.

You Should Know…

Updated 2.2016

Science Fair Planning Guide 2016

yearbookClick HERE for the full guide!


Teachers Receive Up-to-Date Training

IMG_2099 (2)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

AShetty_Pic_Message1On 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…

Updated 10.2015

trophyCongratulations! 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.

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