Eastlake High School is one of two in the Socorro Independent School District, that have won 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools awards, which are given by the National Center for Urban School Transformation.
Eastlake High School won the silver award and Americas High School won the bronze award. Both schools were among 27 campuses in the nation to be recognized for achieving impressive academic results and meeting rigorous criteria including high achievement, arduous curriculum, excellent instruction and enthusiastic student engagement.
“It is an honor to be named an NCUST America’s Best Urban Schools Silver Award winner,” said Gilbert Martinez, principal at Eastlake High School. “This a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, faculty, staff, and our community, as well as a reflection of Team SISD’s constant support. We look forward to sharing this accolade with our Eastlake family and celebrating the greatness on the horizon.”
As a silver recipient, Eastlake High School received $2,500. Also, as a result of the NCUST recognition, the school was chosen to be featured in a book titled, “Five Practices for Improving the Success of Latino Students: A Guide for Secondary School Leaders.” Eastlake was one of only four high schools in the nation to be included in the book.
“I’m proud of the excellent work that our teachers, administrators and staff at Americas and Eastlake high schools are achieving,” said SISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “They work hard, as a team, to offer all children a world-class education and endless opportunities. It is an honor for our schools to be recognized again for this prestigious award and it is indicative of the great teaching and learning going on in Team SISD.”
Earlier this year, Americas and Eastlake received on-site visits from NCUST representatives who analyzed the school’s strengths and positive culture that support the learning of every student. In addition, the two Team SISD schools were recently recognized at the 2017 Americas Best Urban Schools Symposium, where they shared high-yielding instructional practices with educators nationwide.
Americas High School earned a $1,000 check as well as a large banner that will be displayed at the campus.
This is the third time Team SISD schools have won NCUST awards. Last year, Mission Early College High School won the silver award and SPC. Rafael Hernando III Middle School won the bronze award. Escontrias Elementary earned a bronze award in 2014.