Unique Opportunities at Our Campus
For the past two years, Canyon Ridge Elementary has received all six TEA distinctions two years in a row, 2017/18 and 2018/19.
The milestone of a Leader in Me Lighthouse School was awarded to Canyon Ridge Elementary. We use the 7 Habits of Happy Kids and incorporate them into our classrooms, learning, and school atmosphere. At Hidden Forest, everyone is a leader and we work on helping students and staff identify the leadership qualities within each of us.
Canyon Ridge Elementary has been selected as a 2001 and 2007 Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. The Blue Ribbon, the most prestigious education award in the country, distinguishes Canyon Ridge Elementary for its excellence in leadership, teaching, curriculum, student achievement, parent involvement, and community support. In 2007, Hidden Forest was only one of only 264 elementary schools nationwide and one of 32 in Texas chosen for this exemplary recognition.
Gifted & Talented
In grades K-2 identified kinder, first, and second grade students receive GT services through a pull out service model once weekly. Young gifted learners focus their attention on different types of thinking:
- Deductive Thinking
- Inductive Thinking
- Creative Thinking
- Visual/Spatial Thinking
- Evaluative Thinking
- Critical Thinking
In grades 3-5 identified third, fourth, and fifth grade students receive GT services through a pull out service model once weekly. Upper elementary GT students focus their learning on:
- Systems Thinking
- Masterpieces and Mysteries of Mankind
- Eminent People and Philosophy
- An intermediate GT student also has advanced experiences in literature, algebraic reasoning, Socratic seminar, and technology applications.
Dual Language Program
The Dual Language Program Model in NEISD is an enriched education program that provides instruction for native English speakers and native Spanish speakers in both languages. When possible, classes will be comprised of half native English speakers and half native Spanish speakers. The building of classes is dependent on the number of English Language Learners (Spanish dominant) students enrolled in that grade level. English Language Learner students are identified by mandated state assessments.
English as a Second Language Program
The Newcomer Program provides a safe and scaffolded learning environment where diversity is valued in transitioning students to meet high expectations for language acquisition, academic achievement, and responsible citizenship.
The NEISD Newcomer program is for recent arrival of refugees or asylees. This program provides the support of a safe learning environment in order for the students to begin acclimating to U.S. schools. The newcomer program assists students by providing linguistic, cognitive, and academic needs while holding high standards. The students will participate in the program for no more than 2 years as it depends on an individual student basis.
Unique Opportunities in Our Clusters
After elementary school, your child will discover even more opportunities at Bradley Middle School. As their academic foundation expands in the classroom, their circle of friends and experiences will grow through new opportunities in Athletics, Fine Arts, Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, competitive UIL contests, and more.
At Churchill High School or MacArthur High School, your child will excel academically and socially while embracing beloved campus traditions with memories that will last a lifetime. Your child has the freedom and support to pursue their passions in a variety of nationally recognized programs, organizations, and clubs—from Athletics to JROTC, Band, Dance, PALS, Photography, UIL, and much more.
MacArthur is proud to be the only Dual Language high school in NEISD with thriving bilingual, bi-literate, and bicultural students. MacArthur is also home to NEISD’s unique magnet programs MacUP and iCSI. These future educators get a head start as a UTSA student and can graduate with more than 50 hours of college credit that goes toward their teaching degree.