As the city continues to expand, so does the Socorro Independent School District.
The district’s latest addition is Purple Heart Elementary School, located at 1440 CR Campuzano in far east El Paso, near Montana Avenue and Rich Beem Boulevard.
Monday night, future students and parents attended a community meeting hosted by SISD to inform them about the new school.
The meeting was held at a nearby school since Purple Heart is still under construction.
Head principal, Jennifer Parker, also attended the meeting to talk about the academic expectations for students.
Parker said Purple Heart Elementary will take an innovative approach to teaching.
“You’re going to see a lot of technology, a plethora of technologies for children to be able to utilize to do research and support them in their project-based learning.”
Design-wise, Parker said the school will be unique. There will be plenty of open space for students with three collaborative hubs to promote group projects.
This will allow students to step out of the traditional classroom on occasion.
Curriculum at Purple Heart Elementary will be largely based on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.
“Every school in Socorro, we strive to be innovative, embrace technology and project-based learning, said Parker.
Purple Heart Elementary School is scheduled to open July 28.
A fitting mascot for the school, the ‘Heroes’.
Residents can attend another meeting Tuesday evening at 6pm. It will be held at Chester Jordan Elementary School, located at 13995 Jason Crandall Drive.