La Joya Independent School District

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La Joya Independent School District is a school district headquartered in La Joya, Texas, United States.

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 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.[1]

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.[2]

District growth[edit]

Picture taken from one of La Joya's lakes, with the red, grey, and black Performing Arts Center in the background, along with the white steeple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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.


Nellie Schunior Memorial High School Being Built.

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.[citation needed]

In 1993 the district was majority Hispanic, and as of that year, annually 1,000 new students enrolled in the district. Over 3,000 students were enrolled at La Joya High School. In 1992, one elementary had a growth rate of 17% and another had a growth rate of 18%. James E. Garcia of the Austin American-Statesman stated that, according to experts, birthrates in La Joya ISD were among the highest in the United States and "and rival those of some undeveloped countries like Bangladesh".[3] Garcia said that many of the new students are born in the district or more there with their parents, while some are Mexican immigrants who are legally and illegally in the United States.[3]

In December 1993, there was a proposal for a new policy stating that all students were required to live with their parents or legal guardians so that the increasing enrollment trends would be reduced. Garcia stated that the school board was "expected" to approve the measure on Tuesday December 14, 1993, and that few of the district residents expressed opposition.[3] Garcia wrote "While hundreds of students could be denied admission under the policy change, the proposal appears to be drawing more interest from educators and others statewide than within the school district's boundaries."[3] Officials from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) believed that the district was violating state law by doing this. Groups favoring more rights for immigrants argued that the district was trying to prevent Mexican migrants from enrolling. Garcia stated that other school districts along the Texas-Mexico border were trying to determine if such a policy was workable.[3]


High Schools (Grades 9-12)[edit]

La Joya High School604 N. Coyote Blvd., La Joya, TX 78560(956) 580-5100Antonio Cano
Palmview High School3901 N. La Homa Rd, Mission, TX 78572(956) 519-5779Yvonne Ayala
Juarez-Lincoln High School7801 W. Mile 7 Rd., Mission, TX 78574(956) 519-4150Eduardo Alaniz
Jimmy Carter Early College High School603 N. Coyote Dr., La Joya, TX 78560(956) 584-4842Sylvia Sepulveda
Thelma Salinas STEM Early College High School801 N. Coyote Dr., La Joya, TX 78560(956) 580-5908Dalee Garcia
College & Career Center200 W. Expressway 83, La Joya, TX 78560(956) 519-4031Ronny Cabrera
HOPE Academy221-A N. Stadium Dr., La Joya, TX 78560(956) 580-5962Lindolfo Zamora
East Academy2916 Mile 3 Rd., Mission, TX 78574(956) 519-5746Principal
West Academy801 N. Coyote Dr., La Joya, TX 78560(956) 580-5900Norma Garcia

Middle Schools (Grades 6-8)[edit]

César E. Chávez Middle School78 Showers Rd., Mission, TX 78572(956) 580-6182Daniel Villarreal
Lorenzo De Zavala Middle School603 N. Tabasco St., La Joya, TX 78560(956) 580-5472Magda Villarreal
Irene M. García Middle School933 Paula Dr., Mission, TX 78572(956) 584-0800Santana Galvan
Memorial Middle School2610 N. Moorefield Rd., Mission, TX 78572(956) 580-6087Rolando Rios
Ann Richards Middle School7005 Ann Richards Rd., Mission, TX 78572(956) 519-5710Thomas Ocanas
Dr. Javier Saenz Middle School39200 Mile 7 Road, Peñitas, TX 78576(956) 519-4007Servando Ramirez
Juan De Dios Salinas Middle School6101 N. Bentsen Palm Dr., Mission, TX 78574(956) 584-6355Leticia Mendiola
Domingo Trevino Middle School301 S. Inspiration Rd., Alton, TX 78573(956) 581-3050Jose Garcia

Elementary Schools (Grades PK-5)[edit]

Rosendo Benavides Elementary School1882 El Pinto Rd., Sullivan City, TX 78595(956) 580-6175Rebecca Guzman
Lloyd M. Bentsen Elementary School2916 Mile 3, Mission, TX 78574(956) 519-5746Magda S. Palacios
Enrique Camarena Elementary School2612 N. Moorefield Rd., Mission, TX 78572(956) 584-0827Mary Lily Garza
Narciso G. Cavázos Elementary School4563 Minnesota Rd., Mission, TX 78572(956) 580-8850Marisa Garza
Elodia R. Chapa Elementary School5670 Daffing Rd., Mission, TX 78572(956) 580-6150Laura Lopez
William J. Clinton Elementary School39202 Mile 7 Road, Peñitas, TX 78576(956) 580-8500Martin Munoz
Kika De la Garza Elementary School5441 La Homa Rd., Mission, TX 78572(956) 580-6000Irene Fernandez
Díaz-Villareal Elementary School5543 La Homa Rd., Mission, TX 78572(956) 580-6170Rita Garza-Uresti
José De Escandón Elementary School700 N. Shuerbach Rd., Mission, TX 78572(956) 580-6132Le-Ann Alaniz-Herrera
Guillermo Flores Elementary School1913 Roque Salinas, Mission, TX 78572(956) 580-6100Maria Rosanelia Flores
Sam Fordyce Elementary School801 FM 886, Sullivan City, TX 78595(956) 580-8894Maria Del Socorro Luna
Evangelina Garza Elementary School8731 N Doffing Rd, Mission, TX 78572(956) 580-5050Maria Flores-Guerra
Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary School3912 N. Goodwin Rd., Mission, TX 78572(956) 580-8870Yolanda Salazar-Meave
John F. Kennedy "JFK" Elementary School1801 Diamond Ave., Peñitas, TX 78576(956) 584-4800Katherine Cruz
Leo J. Leo Elementary School1625 Roque Salinas, Mission, TX 78572(956) 580-6030Maria E. Jazinski
Dr. Palmira Mendiola Elementary School6401 N. Abram Rd., Mission, TX 78572(956) 580-8310Alicia Gutierrez
Dr. Americo Paredes Elementary School5301 N. Bentsen Palm Dr., Mission, TX 78572(956) 584-0871Dianabel Gomez-Villarreal
Corina Peña Elementary School4800 Liberty Blvd, Peñitas, TX 78576(956) 519-5770Yesenia Gonzalez
Patricio Pérez Elementary School4431 Minnosota Rd., Mission, TX 78572(956) 580-8830Myra Trigo Ramos
E.B. Reyna Elementary School900 E. Veterans Blvd., Mission, TX 78572(956) 580-5975Melissa Arteaga
Juan N. Seguin Elementary School8500 N. Western Rd., Mission, TX 78574(956) 580-8511Jaqueline Escobedo
Tabasco Elementary School223 S. Leo Ave., La Joya, TX 78560(956) 580-8810Velma Ochoa
Emiliano Zapata Elementary School9100 N. La Homa, Mission, TX 78574(956) 519-5760Bertha Perez

UIL District Alignment[edit]

2014-2016 District 30-6A[edit]

The new UIL realignment changed the classifications of high schools in the State of Texas. High schools, based on enrollment numbers, are divided into classifications and districts, with 6A schools being the larger schools (enrollment of 2100+). La Joya ISD will have all three comprehensive high schools in the new 6A classification, and will once again join the three McAllen ISD schools, along with long-time rival Mission CISD's Mission High School.


  1. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. 
  2. ^ "College admission testing class of 2010:District and campus supplement". Texas Education Agency. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Garcia, James E. "Policy may force students out of district on border." Austin American-Statesman. Monday December 13, 1993. Final Edition, News p. A1. Retrieved on August 24, 2013. Available from NewsBank, Record Number AAS268701. "Officials say about 1,000 new students enroll in the district each year. Many are new students who move there with their parents or are born in the district. Birth rates in the district are among the highest in the country and rival those of some undeveloped countries like Bangladesh, experts say. "

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