Award Year: 2018

Cesar Chavez Elementary School

401 East Thomas Road
Pharr, TX, 78577-1225

(956) 354-2720

Mr. Roel Faz, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District

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Provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare them to be academically and socially college and career ready.

Student Demographics
  • Hispanic: 99%
  • Two or more races: 1%
Principal, Roel Faz, interacting with students during a classroom visit.

Principal, Roel Faz, interacting with students during a classroom visit.

Located only seven miles north of the Mexican Border in deep South Texas, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD's Cesar Chavez Elementary honors its school namesake by providing quality education and embracing his philosophies. Students are taught, at an early age, the values of integrity, humility, service, dedication, patriotism, and respect for humanity. It is the goal of the campus to produce 21st century learners that are ready for college and the real world.

The main practice that makes Cesar Chavez successful is not academic or assessment related, it is the social-emotional focus on providing a safe and nurturing environment for all children. Campus staff embrace the family culture and are committed to inspiring and supporting each child who walks through their doors.

The school's vision is to create a welcoming school environment based on collaboration, harmony, and mutual respect for students, parents and staff. Focusing on the philosophy of teamwork and collaboration, school leadership does not rest upon the shoulders of one, but upon a team of educators with a common goal. Staff never hesitate to help when the need arises and as a result, every member is responsible for the academic growth and well-being of all students.

Teachers flourish when they know they have support, and when they know their input is valued, sought out and appreciated. This creates an optimal teaching and learning environment, with less teacher turn-over and a stable learning atmosphere for all students, lifting Cesar Chavez Elementary to become one of the top schools in the system.