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The La Joya Independent School District, located in the western portion of Hidalgo County, Texas consist of more than 226 square miles (590 km2) stretching west of Mission (small portions of Mission are in LJISD) to Sullivan City, including the smaller communities of La Joya, Palmview, and Penitas. Boundaries extend from the United States border formed by the Rio Grande River to the 13-mile (21 km) line near McCook.
La Joya ISD also serves other unincorporated communities include Abram-Perezville, Citrus City, Cuevitas, Doffing, Havana, La Homa, Los Ebanos, and Palmview South. In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.
The Texas Education Agency's college readiness performance data shows that only 2.4% (31 out of 1288 students) of the graduates of the class of 2010 of the La Joya school district met TEA's average performance criterion on SAT or ACT college admission tests.
With a peak enrollment of 23,444 students for the 2004-2005 academic school year, of which Hispanic students account for over 99 percent of enrollment, La Joya ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas with an estimated increase of 1,400 students per year. Overall, La Joya ISD boasts over 30 campuses; twenty-two elementary schools, seven middle schools, three Alternative Education Centers (one per high school), and three high schools. La Joya ISD employs over 4,260 individuals from all across the Rio Grande Valley and some from overseas.
The first schools were established during the 19th century to provide educational opportunities for the people living in western Hidalgo County who did not have access to existing educational institutions. One of the first of these schoolhouses was built in Havana in 1849 when citizens from the towns and villages of Abram-Perezville (Ojo de Agua), Penitas, Tabasco (now La Joya), Havana, Los Ebanos and Cuevitas established a place of learning. Although far from the little red schoolhouse one might envision, the structure of rock and adobe sheltered the students of this area and gave them a solid education. This building would later become known as the La Joya Independent School District
|La Joya High School (COYOTES)||604 N. Coyote Blvd., La Joya, TX 78560||956) 580-5100||Melinda Flores|
|Palmview High School (LOBOS)||3901 N. La Homa Rd, Mission, TX 78572||(956) 519-5779||Mary Ann Contreras|
|Juarez-Lincoln High School (HUSKIES)||801 N. Coyote Dr., La Joya, TX 78560 - Temporary Location||(956) 580-5900||Leticia Martinez|
|College & Career Center||200 W. Expressway 83, La Joya, TX 78560||(956) 519-4031||Ronny Cabrera|
|HOPE Academy||221-A N. Stadium Dr., La Joya, TX 78560||(956) 580-5962|
|César E. Chávez Middle School||Showers Rd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-6182||Daniel Villarreal|
|Lorenzo De Zavala Middle School||603 N. Tabasco St., La Joya, TX 78560||(956) 580-5472||Le-Ann Alaniz|
|Irene M. García Middle School||933 Paula Dr., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 584-0800||Santana Galvan|
|Memorial Middle School||2610 N. Moorefield Rd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-6087||Rolando Rios|
|Ann Richards Middle School||7005 Ann Richards Rd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 519-5710||Leticia Martinez|
|Dr. Javier Saenz Middle School||39200 Mile 7 Road, Peñitas, TX 78576||(956) 519-4007||Paz Elizondo|
|Juan De Dios Salinas Middle SchoolJ.D Salinas||603 North Coyote Ave., La Joya, TX 78560 (Temporary)||(956) 584-4832||Clem Garza|
|Domingo Trevino Middle School||Mile 5 and Inspiration, Alton, TX 78574||Pending||DaLee Garcia|
|Rosendo Benavides Elementary School||1882 El Pinto Rd., Sullivan City, TX 78595||(956) 580-6175||Mary Lily Garza-Ibarra|
|Lloyd M. Bentsen Elementary School||2916 Mile 3, Mission, TX 78574||(956) 519-5746||Silvia Palacios|
|Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Elementary School||2612 N. Moorefield Rd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 584-0827||Lupita smith|
|Narciso G. Cavázos Elementary School||4563 Minnesota Rd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-8850||Marisa Garza|
|Elodia R. Chapa Elementary School||5670 Daffing Rd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-6150||Raul Valdez|
|William J. Clinton Elementary School||39202 Mile 7 Road, Peñitas, TX 78576||(956) 580-8500||Adriana Villarreal|
|Kika De la Garza Elementary School||5441 La Homa Rd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-6000||Irene Fernandez|
|Díaz-Villareal Elementary School||5543 La Homa Rd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-6170||Magda Villarreal|
|José De Escandón Elementary School||700 N. Shuerbach Rd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-6132||Dianabel Villarreal|
|Guillermo Flores Elementary School||1913 Roque Salinas, Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-6100||Maria Rosanelia Flores|
|Sam Fordyce Elementary School||801 FM 886, Sullivan City, TX 78595||(956) 580-8894||Myra Trigo Ramos|
|Evangelina Garza Elementary School||Pending||Pending||Pending|
|Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary School||3912 N. Goodwin Rd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-8870||Yolanda Salazar-Meave|
|John F. Kennedy "JFK" Elementary School||1801 Diamond Ave., Peñitas, TX 78576||(956) 584-4800||Katherine Cruz|
|Leo J. Leo Elementary School||1625 Roque Salinas, Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-6030||Maria Flores-Guerra|
|Dr. Americo Paredes Elementary School||5301 N. Bentsen Palm Dr., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 584-0871||Irma F. Vela|
|Corina Peña Elementary School||4800 Liberty Blvd, Peñitas, TX 78576||(956) 519-5770||Sofia Villarreal|
|Patricio Pérez Elementary School||4431 Minnosota Rd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-8830||Belinda De la Rosa|
|E.B. Reyna Elementary School||900 E. Veterans Blvd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-5975||Sara Alvarado|
|Juan N. Seguin Elementary School||8500 N. Western Rd., Mission, TX 78574||(956) 580-8511||Marta Castillo|
|Tabasco Elementary School||223 S. Leo Ave., La Joya, TX 78560||(956) 580-8810||Velma Ochoa|
|Emiliano Zapata Elementary School||9100 N. La Homa, Mission, TX 78574||(956) 519-5760||Bertha Perez|
|Elementary School No. 25||Under Construction||Pending||Pending|
La Joya ISD has a built a tradition of excellence in its athletic teams throughout the district's many schools. The following sports are offered at these institutions.
5A La Joya Coyotes
5A Palmview Lobos
5A Juarez-Lincoln Huskies
La Joya really had not been a sports icon in the valley for long. Not until the late 1990s was it that the team started making some noise. Simply known as "Los Coyotes", the Coyotes remained favorites in the Rio Grande Valley's 5A school from 2001-2005. Accumulating four district titles in that span, they were involved in the biggest game in 2004 between La Joya and Converse Judson despite losing in a lopsided affair. No team in the valley had made it past the third round of the playoffs in the 5A level. The reputation La Joya has in South Texas was created by its unwavering fan support. Thousands of residents attended Friday Night Football at La Joya ISD Stadium (often regarded the best football stadium south of San Antonio). Attendance to games easily surpassed the 12,500 capacity of the stadium. More times than not, fans of the La Joya Coyotes would have to be seated on the visitors side if there was space available.
The 2008-2009 school year split La Joya into three high schools; evidently, the Coyotes took damage in athletics with none of the three schools making it to the postseason in the 2008 campaign. The two new teams, the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies and the Palmview Lobos had developing seasons.
The baseball team for the Coyotes have been very successful lately, winning district titles the past two years. They were being considered as a possible State run in 2008 with an outstanding left-handed pitcher and a solid team but fell short in a surprising victory for their in-district rivals Mcallen.
The wrestling team has also been very successful, winning back to back titles in 2008 & 2009, they are currently sending three student to the State competition in Austin.
With 99 percent of the population of the school being Hispanic, that provides a variety of love for the sport. They have a solid soccer team and are very dangerous when district comes around. They were also considered a possible State team but fell short on a questionable call in San Antonio. The girls have not been as successful as the boys in soccer but they also share that passion for playing the sport
La Joya ISD has a very rich and proud tradition of excellence in its Fine Arts departments over the years. Tradition runs deep in these programs, with annual galas and extravaganzas that showcase the finest La Joya ISD has to offer.
Classical Guitar is new to LJHS it has been around for about 5 or 6 years, the guitar instructor Mr.Eagle is a respected teacher, he has gone to many competitions and has been very successful.
The 2008-2009 school year divided LJISD into three high schools.
La Joya High School has earned an outstanding number of accolades in the past decade. Concert Bands have consistently received UIL Sweepstakes Awards (given to bands that perform a "Superior" rating on their concert portion of the contest, where they perform three prepared contrasting pieces of music for three judges, and a "Superior" rating on their sight-reading portion of the contest, where they learn a brand new piece of music never-before seen or played by anyone in just seven minutes, then perform it for three additional judges).
LJHS has also had great success on the marching field. In 1998, La Joya High School Marching Band and their show "Firebird Suite" made history by marking its first appearance at the coveted UIL 5A State Marching Band Contest at Baylor University, akin to the State Championships of Football. Roughly 25-35 of the best bands in the entire State of Texas compete to see who is crowned the best band in the state. Because there are many different classifications in UIL, 5A and 3A bands compete only on EVEN years, and 4A, 2A and 1A schools compete on ODD years. Two years later, La Joya HS made history again in 2000 with their show "By Air, By Sea, and By Land", earning a second consecutive appearance at the UIL 5A State Marching Band Contest at Baylor University. In 2002, La Joya HS advanced to the UIL 5A State Marching Band Contest at Baylor University yet again with their show "Stravinky's Uproar". Harlingen High School also advanced to State for its second consecutive time, sparking an unofficial rivalry between the two schools. This would also mark the last time Baylor University would host the UIL contest due to the unnaturally cold weather that year. Bands were not able to compete to their fullest due to the rain and sleet that created BU's football field into a muddy mess. The "Finals" portion of the contest was cancelled due to the many injuries on the field and the unsafe conditions for marching. A consensus was made by UIL officials to leave the Preliminary rankings as the official Finals ranking.
In 2004, UIL decided to move the enormous contest indoors, and since then, UIL 5A State Marching Contest is held at San Antonio's Alamodome. La Joya High School once again made history by marking its fourth consecutive appearance at the contest. The only other 5A school in the Rio Grande Valley to have the same amount of consecutive appearances was Harlingen High School, which also advanced to the State contests in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004. La Joya High School performed what many call today their "best performance ever" with their show "Midnight at the Louvre". It was a spectacle like no other, and this marked La Joya High School's last appearance. In 2006, La Joya HS failed to advance to the State Marching Contest, after failing to advance to Finals at Area G Contest. This was a very hard moment in the history of the program, and Harlingen High School was able to finally best La Joya by advancing to State yet again. In 2008, the split hurt the program, and it is now working to return to the spotlight where it belongs. Despite this, the marching band has yet to get anything less than a Division I "Superior" rating at the annual UIL "Pigskin Jubilee" since 1997.
Palmview High School is a young school, and their band program began with success. The Concert Bands have done well, and the Wind Ensemble received a UIL Sweepstakes Award (see La Joya High School's band section for more on this award) during its inaugural year.
For the Palmview High School Lobo Marching Band, the 2008 year marked its inaugural season, and despite receiving a Division II "Excellent" rating at the annual UIL Pigskin Jubilee with their show "Transfigurations", they went on to win the "2008 USSBA Group IV A Texas State Championship" at Schertz, Texas. In 2009, they received a Division II "Excellent" rating yet again at the UIL Pigskin Jubilee with their show "Nightscapes".
Juarez-Lincoln High School had the most challenges ahead of them, more than any of the other two schools. The JLHS Band was a very small band, with a student count of about 30. Despite the hardships, they started off history with their first marching show, "Carmen". The band was unable to attend UIL Pigskin Jubilee during its inaugural year because of lack students able to participate. This did not deter the band program. Now in its second year, the marching band has grown to an impressive number of about 60 students, and has recently marked its first official showcase in contest at UIL Pigskin Jubilee, where they received a Division II "Excellent" rating with their show "The 47 Ronin". What started off as a humble program with humble beginnings, the Juarez-Lincoln Husky Band is now marching to a different beat.
Palmview Rubies , La Joya Jewelettes and Juarez Lincoln Silver Stars
Grupo Folklorico Ozomatli is from Palmview High School (PHS) , Grupo Folklorico Tabasco is from La Joya High School (LJHS) and Grupo Folklorico Sol Azteca is from Juarez Lincoln High School (JLHS)