Texas Charter Schools Association’s Executive Director, David Dunn, and Director of Advocacy, Martha Fernandez, had the honor of touring El Paso Leadership Academy earlier this week. El Paso Leadership is in its second year of operation serving grades 6 and 7 with plans to expand up through grade 12 soon. EPLA has more than doubled their student enrollment from 80 to 180 after only one year in operation! The YWCA facilities they now call home is being continually rehabilitated and renovated to form the ideal innovative public charter school. 

Upon entering each classroom, visitors are approached by a class ambassador who bring them up-to-speed on what students are learning, what activities are taking place and what lies ahead. It was evident during our visit that students thoroughly enjoyed their new school. We witnessed plenty of teachers with smiles on their faces along with a handful of parents being readily welcomed into classrooms. 

TCSA is eager to see growth and renovations like EPLA’s throughout public charter schools across the state. Please share similar stories from your school with us. We hope to see your smiling faces as David and the rest of the TCSA staff continue to make school visits. 

Congratulations to EPLA on their continued success!