You Should Know…


                On May 6, 2016, the Board of Directors of the El Paso Education Initiative, operator of Burnham Wood Charter School District and Vista del Futuro Charter School, selected Ms. Nydia Gonzalez  the lone finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools.

Posted at 7th of May

Iris B. Burnham, President
For the Board of Directors,
El Paso Education Initiative, Inc.

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.
Click HERE to view the full article.

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.

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 6.2016

  • Board of Directors Agenda (06.07.2016)
  • Board of Directors Agenda (05.05.2016)
  • Board of Directors Agenda (04.11.2016)
  • Board of Directors Agenda (03.09.2016)
  • Board of Directors Agenda (02.10.2016)

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 Middle School 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
  • 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

Quick Links

Quick Reminders

  • August 22: School begins


You Should Know…

DVDrop-Off/Pick-Up Zone Changes

Please note that the drop-off/pick-up zone is now on Southwestern. Click HERE for a map.

Braden Aboud RaceBraden Aboud Race

On May 15th the Da Vinci Student Council participated in the 10th Annual Braden Aboud Run/Walk. Click HERE for the full article.

357Theatre Arts Company Proves to be True Professionals

From novice to pros, Da Vinci Drama displayed their worth at the exhibition of this year’s Spring Play. Click HERE for the full article and pictures.

IMG_30131st Annual Lynn Strelzin Pollock Drama & Poetry Competition

The top 10 finalists of the Lynn Strelzin Pollock Drama & Poetry Competition touched the hearts of judges, friends and family with their powerful displays of emotion. Click HERE for the full article and pictures.

Abopt_A_Highway_DVDV Student Council Adopts a Highway

After a lengthy application process the state of Texas granted the student council the stretch of highway based on merit and community engagement. Click HERE for the full article.

20160518_DVStuCoStudent Council Wins State Sweepstakes

Your Da Vinci Student Council achieved a feat that has only been accomplished a few times in the state of Texas. Click HERE for the full article.

French FlagFrench Contest Winners

Our students did a fine job representing Da Vinci in the National French Contest 2016. Click HERE for the full article and contest results.

IMG_1341Zumba for Uganda

In an effort to build a water well to alleviate a very serious water shortage in Uganda the Da Vinci student council hosted a Zumba Challenge fundraiser. Click HERE for the full article and pictures.

imageDa Vinci InSPIRESS Results are IN

For the third consecutive year the Da Vinci InSPIRESS teams have had outstanding performances. Click HERE for the full article and picture.

2642Da Vinci Student Council Makes History

This year the Da Vinci student council, unsatisfied, committed themselves to demonstrate the school’s philanthropic core values by volunteering at three different charities at once. Click HERE for the full article.

IMG_1089Da Vinci Student Council Makes a Unified Stand Against Child Abuse

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.

You Should Know…

Meet Our New Principal

Mr. Gallardo was born in Los Angeles, California but soon after moved to the El Paso, Texas area. Mr. Gallardo began his career in education in the Fort Hancock ISD in 2002. He continued his career as a Special Education Teacher in both the Socorro and the El Paso ISDs. Throughout his career, Mr. Gallardo has served as a Resource Teacher, an Inclusion Teacher, a Behavior Improvement Classroom teacher and more recently as a Special Education Instructional Coach in the El Paso ISD. He has also served in various committees developing curriculum and instruction programs at all of the districts he has worked for. Continue reading

HBESStudent Orientation

Parents and students are invited to a Student Orientation at Howard Burnham. Students will be able to meet and greet their new teachers, view their classroom, and bring in their school supplies. Click HERE for the schedule.

POETRY-287x300Lynn Strelzin Pollock Poetry and Drama Competition

Howard Burnham Elementary school had its 1st Annual Lynn Strelzin Pollock Poetry and Drama competition on May 25th. Click HERE for the full article.

IMG_8158Chico visits our students! Click HERE to view more pictures.

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.

You Should Know…

VDFMeet the Teacher!

Parents and students are invited to the Meet the Teacher event on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The schedule for this event is available in this month’s VDF newsletter. Click HERE to view it.

IMG_0374Ballroom Dance Expo

Vista del Futuro students demonstrated their groovy, modern and formal dancing skills on May 17th and 18th for their friends and family. Click HERE for pictures.

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