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Educational Attainment for Population Age 25 & Over in El Paso MSA, 2000 & 2011

 

2000

 

2011

 

Population 25 years and Over

390,160

 

485,991

 

Less than 9th Grade

83,486

21.4%

85,532

17.6%

Grade 9 -1 2

49,991

12.8%

53,818

11.1%

High School graduate (Including equivalency)

87,925

22.5%

119,268

24.5%

Some College, no degree

84,435

21.6%

99,460

20.5%

Associate Degree

19,469

5.0%

32,317

6.7%

Bachelor's Degree

43,143

11.1%

63,429

13.1%

Graduate or professional degree

21,711

5.6%

32,178

6.6%

High School graduate or higher

256,683

65.8%

346,652

71.4%

Bachelor's degree or higher

64,854

16.7%

95,607

19.7%

Source: SitesonTexas.com El Paso County, Demographic Detail report, 2011 Estimates.

Updated: February 2012

PUBLIC EDUCATION

There are nine public school districts in the El Paso area, with a total enrollment of 177,905 and 11,423 graduates for the 2011−2012 academic year. There are 55 private schools, with a combined total enrollment of 9,783 students.

District Information

El Paso County is served by nine school districts, four of which serve portions of the city of El Paso (marked by asterisks):

  • El Paso Independent School District*
  • Ysleta Independent School District*
  • Canutillo Independent School District*
  • Socorro Independent School District*
  • Fabens Independent School District
  • Anthony Independent School District
  • San Elizario Independent School District
  • Tornillo Independent School District
  • Clint Independent School District
     

El Paso Independent School District

Located in El Paso, Texas, the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) is the largest district in the Texas Education Agency’s Educational Service Center. With more than 64,000 students on 94 campuses, EPISD is also the tenth-largest district in Texas and the 61st-largest district in the United States. It is also El Paso’s largest employer, with more than 9,000 employees, and has an annual operating budget of $461 million.

Ysleta Independent School District

From its humble beginnings in the 1930s as a rural education district with one high school and a handful of middle and elementary schools, the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) has grown into one of the major school districts in the state, with nearly 44,000 students and 8,000 administrators, teachers and staff. The district has 62 campuses, which cover an urban area stretching from Northeast El Paso to the east and southeast areas of the city. A nationally recognized area of historic missions, homes and Indian settlements can be found within the district’s boundaries.

Socorro Independent School District

The Socorro Independent School District (SISD) is located in the southeastern portion of El Paso County, Texas. It serves Socorro, Horizon City and the eastern portion of the city of El Paso. The district covers 136 square miles of El Paso County. The district’s northern boundary is the Texas–New Mexico line, with the Rio Grande acting as its southern boundary. SISD is one of the fastest-growing school districts in Texas. The district has 19 elementary schools, six Pk - 8 schools, eight middle schools, seven high schools, one alternative school and a 
community-education program. The district employs more than 7,000 community members and serves over 41,000 students.

Canutillo Independent School District

Located in northwest El Paso County, Canutillo residents voted to incorporate the Canutillo Independent School District in 1959 and graduated its first senior class four years later in 1963.  The District has five elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, an early college high school, and an alternative education program.  It served 5,938 students during the 2010-2011 school year.  With an annual operating budget of over $45 million, CISD employs 410 teachers, 85 educational aides, 275 auxiliary personnel, 18 campus and 11 central office administrators, and 67 professional support staff.

 

School Districts by Enrollment for El Paso County

2011-2012 School Year

District

Students

H.S. students

(Grades 9 - 12)

Student-Teacher Ratio

Graduates (2011)

Students enrolled in special programs

Career & Technology

Gifted & Talented

El Paso ISD

63,794

19,459

15.1

4,168

30.0%

10.8%

Ysleta ISD

44,131

13,157

14.4

3,051

27.0%

7.7%

Socorro ISD

43,398

13,190

18.0

2,605

26.2%

6.2%

Clint

ISD

11,830

2,997

18.5

689

23.7%

3.3%

Canutillo ISD

5,995

1,864

16.4

416

34.6%

6.8%

San Elizario ISD

4,137

1,084

16.0

220

22.5%

4.4%

Fabens ISD

2,422

737

13.9

161

25.4%

8.0%

Tornillo ISD

1,354

371

16.6

77

25.3%

6.6%

Anthony ISD

844

228

15.6

36

15.9%

5.5%

Total

177,905

53,087

 

11,423

 

 

Source: Academic Excellence Indicator System Report: 2011–2012. Texas Education Agency.

Updated: June 2013.

 

TAKS Test

The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test is a standardized test used in primary and secondary schools in the state of Texas. The test assesses students’ attainment of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social-studies skills required under Texas education standards. See the chart above for details.

Source: Academic Excellence Indicator System Report: 2010–2011. Texas Education Agency.

Updated: May 2012
 

 

ACT

The ACT, or American College Testing, is a standardized collegiate examination. The ACT is used as an indicator of academic aptitude and readiness to enter college. The test covers English, mathematics, science and reading, and includes an optional writing test. See the chart above for details.

NOTE: The highest possible ACT score is 36.

Source: Academic Excellence Indicator System Report: 2010–2011. Texas Education Agency.

Updated: May 2012.

 

SAT

The SAT Reasoning Test, much like the ACT, is a standardized collegiate test that assesses critical reading, mathematics and writing skills; each of these three sections has a possible score of 800 points.

NOTE: Possible scores for the SAT range from 600 to 2400.

Source: Academic Excellence Indicator System Report: 2010–2011. Texas Education Agency.

Updated: May 2012.

 

H.S. Graduation Rates

The graduation rate is the number of high school graduates for a given year divided by the number of eighth graders enrolled five years prior. A significant number of students continue their high school education or attain their GED certificates. See the chart above for details.

Source: Academic Excellence Indicator System Report: 2010–2011. Texas Education Agency.

Updated: May 2012.

 

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Universities

The El Paso region is home to nine post-secondary institutions, including two four-year and graduate post-secondary institutions — The University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University. You’ll find seven two-year community colleges, professional and technical schools. The region’s four-year universities enroll nearly 40,600 students annually, while the two-year institutions enroll approximately 33,700 annually.

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

With an enrollment of approximately 22,600 students, UTEP offers 76 baccalaureate, 83 master’s and 16 doctoral programs within its academic colleges: 

 

UTEP Colleges

2010-2011 Degrees Awarded

College of Business

673

College of Education

824

College of Engineering

481

College of Health Sciences

258

College of Liberal Arts

1,292

College of Science

362

School of Nursing

267

TOTAL

4,157 Degrees Awarded

Source: Department of Institutional Research, UTEP Graduates (2011)

UTEP is currently employing an aggressive facilities-construction program to accommodate its continued growth and to build the most technologically advanced classrooms and laboratories in the nation. According to Hispanic Business magazine, UTEP’s College of Engineering consistently ranks among the top five schools awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics and has the number-one graduate engineering school for Hispanics in the country. In their September 2010 issue Hispanic Business also ranked UTEP’s MBA program as No.1 among the top 10 business graduate programs for Hispanics in the nation.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso (TTUHSC)

TTUHSC is an independently accredited, comprehensive, health-sciences university with component schools of Allied Health, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. TTUHSC provides West Texas with high-quality, accessible healthcare services and access to educational opportunities.

TTUHSC opened the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso in 2009. This four-year, research-focused institute is the only medical school to be accredited in the U.S. in 25 years and the only medical school located on the U.S.-México border. Four research centers of excellence will focus on Hispanic health in the areas of:

  • Cancer
  • Neurodegenerative diseases 
  • Infectious diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity.

New Mexico State University (NMSU)

Located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, NMSU has an annual enrollment of approximately 18,500 students. It offers 81 baccalaureate, 56 master’s and 24 doctoral degree programs, and is the only university in New Mexico that offers an honors college and programs in aerospace, industrial and surveying engineering. The University offers a wide variety of programs through its academic colleges:

 

NMSU Colleges

2010 - 2011 Degrees Awarded

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

346

College of Arts & Sciences

1,143

College of Business

376

College of Education

295

College of Engineering

227

College of Extended Learning

N/A

College of Health & Social Services

208

TOTAL

3,259 Degrees Awarded

Source: Department of Institutional Research, Planning, & Outcomes Assessment. NMSU Graduates (2011)

The University also has a Graduate School and an Honors College. In the annual Forbes.com list of America’s Best Colleges for 2009, NMSU placed in the top third of the 600 universities ranked across the country. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine rated NMSU among the nation’s top 30 universities for Hispanic and Native American students.

 

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Community Colleges/Career Schools

With six locations throughout the region, El Paso Community College (EPCC) is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. It currently serves more than 30,000 students each semester.

EPCC continues to receive national recognition for its educational excellence while offering a diversity of programs relevant to today’s workforce needs. The college offers 130 associate-degree and certificate-of-completion programs and offers more than 350 personal-enrichment/continuing-education courses. Coursework at EPCC is transferable to any Texas college or university.

 

El Paso Community College - EPCC

Associate Degrees and Certificates Awarded, 2006 - 2011

 

2010-2011

2009-2010

2008-2009

2007-2008

2006-2007

Total All School Years

Associate of Arts

2,181

2,345

1,316

1,316

1,209

8,367

Associate of Applied Sciences

545

512

538

461

445

2,501

Associate of Arts in Teaching

216

258

249

232

161

1,116

Associate of Science

115

82

18

-

-

215

Certificates

720

497

431

429

527

2,604

Total by School Year

3,777

3,694

2,552

2,438

2,342

 

Values of (-) indicate program did not yet exist.

Source: El Paso Community College Graduates by Major. El Paso Community College, Institutional Research.

Updated: July 2012.

 

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Other Institutions of Higher Learning

Technical schools within the region, including Western Technical College, offer certificates and associate degrees. Branch campuses include Webster University, Howard Payne University and the University of Phoenix.

 

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