Award Year: 2018

Carmen Anaya Elementary School

1000 W. Dicker Road
Pharr, TX, 78577-6693

(956) 784-8500

Mr. Joe A. Garza, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District

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We believe that all children should develop an understanding of the past and identification with the present to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world.

Student Demographics
  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic: 99%
  • ELL: 84%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 92%
Carmen Anaya Elementary Students Engaged in Learning

Carmen Anaya Elementary Students Engaged in Learning

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD's Carmen Anaya Elementary School is located in one of the most disadvantaged areas of South Texas, five miles north of the border with Mexico. Regardless of demographics, Carmen Anaya Elementary continues to surpass state standards because of its long-standing tradition of involving the community and challenging students to reach their fullest potential.

Through this work, students have excelled, and the school has risen to have the highest academic standing in the district. The school designs its curriculum to help students develop intellectually, emotionally, artistically, physically, and socially. Carmen Anaya Elementary staff encourages students to become engaged learners and good citizens. It is not uncommon to see students and staff beautifying community gardens and nearby parks. This work helps students fortify foundational skills, contextualize vocabulary and supplement key concepts that they learn in their classrooms.

Carmen Anaya Elementary staff believe student support is crucial to students' academic, social, and emotional growth. Through a Mentor & Mentee program, each teacher mentors specific children in need and helps build their confidence to tackle any challenges they may encounter. The program gives students the safe space to express themselves and their concerns, ensuring they feel valued and supported. Carmen Anaya Elementary staff understands that when students succeed, the entire campus and community succeeds.