Points of Pride

  • • PSJA is leading the way in Early College Education with over 3,500 high school students enrolled in college courses each semester.

    • PSJA has eight Early College High Schools.

    • PBS NewsHour showcased PSJA ISD nationally in a two-part series featuring the district’s dropout recovery program success and early college high school work (July 2012).

    • In the last few years, PSJA ISD has also decreased its dropout rate dramatically, increasing the district’s four-year graduation rate and high school completion rate. The district now has a dropout rate that is well below the state and regional average.

    • PSJA’s Early Start Program, a partnership with Hidalgo County Head Start and Teaching and Mentoring Communities, was named the best early childhood program in Texas after winning the 2013 H-E-B Early Childhood Excellence in Education Award.

    • The district’s comprehensive, innovative approach and proven results have garnered the attention of the New York Times and other national publications. Top officials from the U.S. Department of Education, the Texas Education Agency, as well as local, state, and national elected officials have highlighted PSJA ISD for finding solutions to the dropout crisis and preparing students to be college ready.

    • PSJA has been identified as a national model for putting dropouts “Back on Track to College” by Jobs for the Future (JFF) out of Boston, MA. JFF is working to expand key components of the model to other states across the country. They also released a report in March 2012 featuring PSJA’s College3 initiative and “College for All” strategy.

    • In 2011, the Texas legislature enacted SB 975, authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and supported by Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr, to encourage replication of PSJA’s dropout recovery program throughout the state. In 2013, SB 960 by Senator Eddie Lucio, allows similar partnerships with technical colleges.

    • PSJA ISD is the recipient of a Gold Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller’s Office. This award was given for successfully implementing financial transparency.

    • PSJA was named a first place winner in the American School Board Journal’s (ASBJ) 17th annual Magna Awards program for the success of the College, Career & Technology Academy (March 2011).

    • Two PSJA ISD programs chosen as “Best Practices” by the Texas Education Agency. One features the district’s dropout prevention/recovery program, while the other features the district’s K-12 Dual Language Enrichment Program (2011).

    • PSJA ISD’s College Readiness efforts featured by The Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) – College Bound & Determined Publication (2014).

    PSJA ISD featured by PBS NewsHour

    July 4-5, 2012


    PBS NewsHour aired a two-part series, July 4-5 showcasing PSJA's progress toward graduating students that will be College Ready, College Connected and College Complete.


    “In the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district in South Texas, Superintendent Daniel King is turning his district around. Just five years ago, almost half of the students were dropping out of high school. Today, students are not only staying in school — but many are graduating with college credits and some are even earning their two-year Associates degrees. The strategy — making education more challenging and interesting — seems to be working.”





    PSJA Superintendent named 2012 Key Communicator of the Year

    July 26, 2012


    “The Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) has named Daniel P. King as the association’s 2012 Key Communicator. King earned this prestigious award, which recognizes his significant contributions to the public’s understanding of the public schools in Texas through effective communications. He is an effective spokesperson for education in the Rio Grande Valley, and has taken on this role on a state and national level regarding education reform and funding.”





    PSJA ISD Highlighted in National Publication Education Week's Diplomas Count Summer 2012

    “Across the country, in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District along the Mexican border in Texas, Superintendent Daniel King believes the early-college high school model is the best hope for helping his students, 99 percent of whom are Hispanic and 41 percent English-learners. The program is designed so all students graduate with at least 12 college credits and the skills to complete a full degree or credential.”





    National report features PSJA's College3 initiative

    March 2012


    “A school district near the Texas-Mexico border is making college a reality for every young person, from top students to former dropouts. Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District, with 32,000 students, is transforming its schools to enable all students to graduate from high school with at least 12 college credits and the skills to progress to a degree or credential.”





    Other Features


    PSJA ISD’s Successful Dropout Recovery Program featured by Scholastic Administrator Magazine



    PSJA ISD's Early College Program highlighted by District Administration Magazine (October 2011)



    PSJA School District’s College Readiness Initiative Featured in the American Association of School Administrators Magazine



    PSJA's dropout recovery success featured by US Dept. of Education’s Assistant Secretary in National publication – Principal Leadership magazine