Americas and Eastlake high schools were selected as finalists for the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Award by the National Center for Urban School Transformation.

The Team SISD campuses were two of 32 schools nationwide and the only schools in El Paso chosen for the award after meeting rigorous criteria, including high achievement, arduous curriculum, excellent instruction and enthusiastic student engagement.

“I’m very 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.”

The 32 finalists will receive site visits from NCUST representatives, which will help NCUST officials to determine which of the finalists will be named the 2017 bronze, silver, or gold award winners in March.

Last year, Mission Early College High School won the NCUST Silver Award and SPC. Rafael Hernando III Middle School won the Bronze Award. Escontrias Elementary was given a bronze award in 2014.

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