The mission of the Migrant Education Program is to coordinate or provide support services for eligible migratory children and parents to help overcome the challenges of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, and other challenges associated with their migratory lifestyle.
The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with high school diploma (or complete a GED) that prepares them to participate, compete, and excel in a global society to foster multi-generational prosperity.
The Migrant Education Program (MEP) helps migratory students overcome the challenges of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, and other difficulties associated with a migratory lifestyle. As students are identified, the MEP ensures effective support systems are provided to transition the student to get back on track towards success and the needs of the whole child are addressed. Collaborative efforts with campus leaders, teachers and staff aim at helping migratory students succeed in school and successfully transition to postsecondary education and/or employment.
Education of Migratory Children:
The Texas Migrant Education Program (MEP) enrolls approximately 22,470 eligible migratory students out of a total Texas public school enrollment of approximately 5,400,000 students. The state’s migrant program is administered at the local level through local educational agencies (LEAs) and educational service centers (ESCs). Texas migratory students and their families migrate annually to 36 other states in the country, making Texas home to the largest interstate migrant student population in the United States. Texas also welcomes workers to the state to perform temporary and seasonal work in its agriculture and fishing industries. The largest concentration of Texas migrant families, approximately 58%, resides in the Rio Grande Valley. This region of the state includes approximately 13,000 migratory students. A large concentration of migratory families also reside in San Felipe-Del Rio, Eagle Pass, El Paso, and Hereford. Pharr San Juan Alamo supports approximately 800 students.