Award Year: 2021

Hidalgo Elementary School

601 S. 2nd Street
Hidalgo, TX, 78557-3004

(956) 843-4225

Mr. Rafael Tinoco, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Laura Garza, Current Principal

Title I School

Hidalgo Independent School District

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Hidalgo Elementary is committed to preparing students for participation and immersion in global educational experiences and technologies while maintaining a nurturing environment for all.

Student Demographics
  • Hispanic: 100%
Young Pirates Building Strong Foundations For Success

Young Pirates Building Strong Foundations For Success

"Every student, Every chance, Every day!" Hidalgo Elementary holds high expectations for every student. Teachers are committed to student success to help them achieve their future academic, personal, and professional goals. From an old two-story schoolhouse in the 1800s to a state-of-the-art building, Hidalgo Elementary has made quite a transformation, sitting majestically among the town's old historical district as a reminder of the generations of students who have been educated here. Its long-standing dual language program engages students and parents from different backgrounds promoting access, equity, and advocacy.

Being situated in close proximity to the Texas-Mexico border, the school harnesses the assets of families enrolling in the school by bridging languages, building relationships, and increasing academic achievement. Hidalgo Elementary exemplifies the concept of family, relationships, and TEAM. The school addresses every student, every chance, and every day necessary by delivering a viable and guaranteed, TEKS-aligned curriculum that enriches and elevates every student in a rigorous, technology-rich, culturally responsive environment. The most instrumental, long-standing practice which Hidalgo Elementary has leveraged successfully has been effective communication between leaders, teachers, students, families, and the community. Leveraging those established communication channels during the pandemic, propelled the school into action and led to high achievement, high attendance, and high engagement for all students. The school has been able to consistently create a supportive environment focused on increasing academic, social-emotional success through strong school connectedness established through effective communication strategies. They adopted the slogan,""Strong Apart, Stronger Together," which exemplifies effective communication.