What is a charter school?
A charter school is a public school of choice which operates independently of local school districts. Charter schools are non-sectarian and must follow rules and regulations governing civil rights, health and safety issues. Charter schools are allotted per-student tax dollars for operating revenue and generate additional funding through private and corporate donations, along with state and federal grants. There is no tuition. It is free to all students who are accepted.
Who can attend?
Anyone living in El Paso or Hudspeth counties can register in the Burnham Wood Family of Charter Schools. Registration for new students in grades 1-12 begins February 1st and the enrollment lottery is held on April 1st, prior to the start of the next school year. Registration for new kindergarten students starts January 1st and the enrollment lottery is held on February 1st. Students registering after the lottery for classes that have waiting lists will be admitted based on availability of space and in the order in which the complete enrollment packet was accepted by the front office. Applications for enrollment will be taken throughout the summer months. Returning students and siblings of returning students may turn in re-enrollment cards in the month of January to be exempt from the lottery. However, if the re-enrollment card is not received by the front office in the month of January then the returning and/or sibling of the returning student must follow the same enrollment process as a new student. Returning students and siblings should fill out their complete re-enrollment packet in the month of February.
Burnham Wood Family of Charter Schools will not discriminate in its admission policy on the basis of sex, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, academic, artistic or athletic ability, or the district the child would otherwise attend in accordance with the Texas Education Code.
Vista del Futuro offers grades Kindergarten through seventh. Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts serves grades six through twelve. It has been designated a Distinguished Texas T-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.