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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 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.
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". 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.
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. 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." 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.
|La Joya High School||604 N. Coyote Blvd., La Joya, TX 78560||(956) 580-5100||Antonio Cano|
|Palmview High School||3901 N. La Homa Rd, Mission, TX 78572||(956) 519-5779||Yvonne Ayala|
|Juarez-Lincoln High School||7801 W. Mile 7 Rd., Mission, TX 78574||(956) 519-4150||Eduardo Alaniz|
|Jimmy Carter Early College High School||603 N. Coyote Dr., La Joya, TX 78560||(956) 584-4842||Sylvia Sepulveda|
|Thelma Salinas STEM Early College High School||801 N. Coyote Dr., La Joya, TX 78560||(956) 580-5908||Dalee Garcia|
|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||Lindolfo Zamora|
|East Academy||2916 Mile 3 Rd., Mission, TX 78574||(956) 519-5746||Principal|
|West Academy||801 N. Coyote Dr., La Joya, TX 78560||(956) 580-5900||Norma Garcia|
|César E. Chávez Middle School||78 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||Magda Villarreal|
|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||Thomas Ocanas|
|Dr. Javier Saenz Middle School||39200 Mile 7 Road, Peñitas, TX 78576||(956) 519-4007||Servando Ramirez|
|Juan De Dios Salinas Middle School||6101 N. Bentsen Palm Dr., Mission, TX 78574||(956) 584-6355||Leticia Mendiola|
|Domingo Trevino Middle School||301 S. Inspiration Rd., Alton, TX 78573||(956) 581-3050||Jose Garcia|
|Rosendo Benavides Elementary School||1882 El Pinto Rd., Sullivan City, TX 78595||(956) 580-6175||Rebecca Guzman|
|Lloyd M. Bentsen Elementary School||2916 Mile 3, Mission, TX 78574||(956) 519-5746||Magda S. Palacios|
|Enrique Camarena Elementary School||2612 N. Moorefield Rd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 584-0827||Mary Lily Garza|
|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||Laura Lopez|
|William J. Clinton Elementary School||39202 Mile 7 Road, Peñitas, TX 78576||(956) 580-8500||Martin Munoz|
|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||Rita Garza-Uresti|
|José De Escandón Elementary School||700 N. Shuerbach Rd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-6132||Le-Ann Alaniz-Herrera|
|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||Maria Del Socorro Luna|
|Evangelina Garza Elementary School||8731 N Doffing Rd, Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-5050||Maria Flores-Guerra|
|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 E. Jazinski|
|Dr. Palmira Mendiola Elementary School||6401 N. Abram Rd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-8310||Alicia Gutierrez|
|Dr. Americo Paredes Elementary School||5301 N. Bentsen Palm Dr., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 584-0871||Dianabel Gomez-Villarreal|
|Corina Peña Elementary School||4800 Liberty Blvd, Peñitas, TX 78576||(956) 519-5770||Yesenia Gonzalez|
|Patricio Pérez Elementary School||4431 Minnosota Rd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-8830||Myra Trigo Ramos|
|E.B. Reyna Elementary School||900 E. Veterans Blvd., Mission, TX 78572||(956) 580-5975||Melissa Arteaga|
|Juan N. Seguin Elementary School||8500 N. Western Rd., Mission, TX 78574||(956) 580-8511||Jaqueline Escobedo|
|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|
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.