New Academic Programs Highlight New Socorro School

New Academic Programs Highlight New Socorro School

POSTED: Monday, August 2, 2010 - 12:24pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 2, 2010 - 12:25pm

EL PASO - With the familiar sound of a school bell, Socorro's newest school began classes for the first time. 

Teachers lecturing and students learning, all in brand new classrooms, in the brand new Eastlake High School.

"It's a big day, and all of our students are excited, the parents are very excited, we've started without a hitch," says Principal Angelica Ramsey.

The school sits on its own campus and has a lot to brag about.  A gym that rivals most Division III colleges. Science labs with more knobs and nozzles than you can count.

But the most appealing aspect is the academics.  Just ask student Velsa Roma.

"I want to be a pediatrician when I'm older, so what's offered here is going to help me towards that goal, better than any other high school."

Programs like engineering and global language also dot student schedules.  The goal is to prepare teens for the future and a changing world.

"We need to start making sure our students can compete with students from china and europe and other countries and i think that this school represents that investment and our commitment to these kids," says Superintendent Xavier De La Torre.

The school plans to incorporate technology into its curriculum.  Eastlake might allow iPhones and laptops in the classroom.

About 500 freshmen roam the halls now, with more coming each fall.  And to each student, a modern education awaits. 

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