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Vista Del Futuro named a National Blue Ribbon School!

U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced today that Vista del Futuro Charter School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. Vista del Futuro Charter School is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor.

Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Schools may apply for status as Exemplary High Performing—among the top schools in a state—or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing—schools making the fastest progress in the their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Iris B. Burnham, Board President, Nydia Magdaleno Gonzalez, Superintendent, and Yvonne Whitman, Principal of Vista del Futuro represented the Vista del Futuro teachers, students, and parents at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., to celebrate their hard-won achievements.

See the complete press release.

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Mrs. Iris Burnham (Superintendent Emeritus), Aba Kumi (Director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program), and Ms. Yvonne Whitman (Principal Vista Del Futuro Charter School) accepting the National Blue Ribbon Award. Vista Del Futuro is one of 279 schools in the nation to receive this award. Only 2% of all national schools receive this award. It is the only school in El Paso this year that received this award. Click the image to enlarge.

TEA Press Release on Vista del Futuro

TEA searched for schools in the state of Texas that exemplify critical areas in academic performance, teacher quality, school climate, and leadership effectiveness. Vista del Futuro Elementary in El Paso’s far east-side met all the criteria and more to become recognized as a state and federal reward school in the previous two years. Vista del Futuro Elementary belongs to Vista del Futuro Charter School District, both Vista del Futuro District and Burnham Wood Charter School District are part of the El Paso Education Initiative.

Burnham Wood Charter School District and Vista del Futuro Charter School District foster a student-centered approach to learning through hands-on teaching and thematic cross-curricular learning. Every teacher is given quality training before during and after the school year to help differentiate the learning environment for every child. If you would like to visit one of our schools to learn more about the quality of education in our Charter Schools, please feel free to contact the front offices for a tour.

See the press release on TEA’s website.

Da Vinci Receives U.S. News & World Report Recognition

Da Vinci School for Science and the arts was voted by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best high schools in the nation for the 4th year in a row! The campus received a Silver medal for the 2013-2014 school year, Bronze for 2014-2015, Silver for 2015-2016, and a Gold award for 2016-2017. Read about it at U.S. News & World Report.

Vista Del Futuro Nominated for National Blue Ribbon Honors!

Only one school in El Paso made the finalist for the National Blue Ribbon Honors. Our very own Vista del Futuro, headed by one of the best principals in the city and state. Mrs. Whitman has been cultivating the Vista del Futuro campus for the past four years to encompass the mission and vision of our founder, Ms. Iris Burnham. Mrs. Whitman has embedded a cross-curricular approach, while adding differentiation, data-driven decision making, and character building as a part of every student’s education. We want to thank Mrs. Whitman, the teachers, and the community for a wonderful job at Vista del Futuro. Read More at the Texas Education Agency website.

Congratulations! 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.

Congratulations Vista Del Futuro and Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts for being TEA Rewards Schools!

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

“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

Quick Reminders

  • Jan 8: First Day of 2nd Semester (All Campuses)

Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts

You Should Know… Da Vinci

Da Vinci Dragons athletics logoDragon Digest, Vol. 1

We as a school wanted to create a publication to send out to our parents, students and staff to inform our Da Vinci family about upcoming events, share exciting news, or simply spread Da Vinci School Spirit. In this issue, read about upcoming events, OnRamps and Dual Credit, robotics, athletics, orchestra, and more. View the November 9, 2018 edition, o ver la edición de 9 de noviembre de 2018 en español.

Da Vinci Dragons athletics logoHS Basketball Tryouts

Tryouts for Dragons High School girls and boys basketball are coming up, so get ready — interested students in grades 9-12 should have a physical completed before the tryout dates. Girls basketball tryouts will be on October 29 and 30 from 4:15-6:00 P.M. in the DV gym. Boys basketball tryouts will be on November 1 and 2 from 4:15-5:45 P.M. in the DV gym. For more information, see the coaches: Coach Montes or Coach Lopez for girls basketball, and Coach Dominguez for boys basketball.

Da Vinci middle school buildingReport Cards

Report cards for the first six-week grading period were sent home September 28, 2018 with all Da Vinci students. Please check with your child and review the report card with your son or daughter.

Da Vinci cross country teamDa Vinci Cross Country

This was the first year Da Vinci started a Cross Country team. We were able to compete in two meets with EPISD in middle school and three meets with high school. We have competed with 5A and 6A schools from around the El Paso area. Enduring morning and after school practices, these athletes did an amazing job competing with the bigger schools from the local area. Continue reading Da Vinci Cross Country

Da Vinci Dragons athletics logoDragons Volleyball Schedule

Be sure to cheer on the Dragons at their next game! The schedule is available online as well as on bulletin boards around the school.

TrophyDV Makes the U.S. News & World Report Best High School List for 2017

For the fourth year in a row, Da Vinci makes the U.S. News & World Report best high school list! For the 2017 rankings, Da Vinci earned a gold medal for college readiness, graduation rate, and state test performance. For more information, see the information on the U.S. News & World Report information on Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts site or see the El Paso Times coverage of Da Vinci’s placement on the U.S. News & World Report Best High School List of 2017.

Howard Burnham Elementary School

You Should Know… Howard Burnham

Image of a bookThe Scholastic Book Fair is Back!

Howard Burnham Elementary will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on April 23-27 from 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. (closed 11 A.M.-12 P.M. for lunch). Get the books your child wants to read, while helping our school. If you cannot make it to the book fair, you can also shop online, 24 hours a day, from April 18 through May 1. For more information, see the Book Fair information at Scholastic.com.

Photo of Mireyda SamperHoward Burnham Elementary Student is a Hero!

One 4th grade student’s quick thinking and calm reaction resulted in her father receiving the emergency care he needed. Mireyda Samper, a student in 4A, immediately knew that her father was having a seizure this week. “I recognized that it was a seizure because I saw my dad have one before,” she stated when recalling what happened. Continue reading Howard Burnham Elementary Student is a Hero!

Image of a book5th grade student at Burnham Elementary Charter School is a published author

Manuel H. Gonzalez, a 5th grader at Burnham Elementary Charter School in El Paso, Texas, is the author of The Raccoon and The Angel, a children’s book that celebrates diversity by explaining how each animal’s differences are what makes them unique. His book is available for sale in all major book stores as well as online. Continue reading 5th grade student at Burnham Elementary Charter School is a published author

Vista del Futuro

You Should Know… Vista del Futuro

Picture of the front of the main building at Vista del FuturoMeet the Teacher!

Parents and students are invited to the Parent Orientation Day on Saturday, August 19, 2017. The schedule for Parent Orientation Day will let you know when to arrive based on your child’s grade.

Board of Directors

  • Mr. Rogelio Chacon, Human Resources, Becton Dickinson and Parent
  • Mr. Stanley Esparza, Technical Support Coordinator, TelerX and Parent
  • Mr. Chad Friedrichsen, IT Senior Specialist/Software Developer IV
  • Mr. Carlos Kaplan, Businessman and Parent
  • Mr. Eric Summer, Senior Software Engineer, Exelis, Inc. and Parent
  • Ms. Iris Burnham, Founder & Superintendent Emeritus

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

See the School Board page for more.

School Locations

Howard Burnham
7310 Bishop Flores Dr.
El Paso, TX 79912
Phone: (915) 584-9499
Fax: (915) 585-8814
Da Vinci
785 Southwestern Dr.
El Paso, TX 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