Cano Academy opens to incoming freshmen this fall


On August 26, more than 1,000 incoming freshmen will begin their journey for a high school education at the new Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy.

The Academy, which is set to open Fall 2013, will serve all ninth grade students from Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South. The technology-focused campus is based on the Project Based Learning model, which concentrates on the students’ application of information, where teachers serve as learning facilitators rather than lecturers.

“At HCISD, we know that ninth grade success propels our students on the path to graduation,” said Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores.

The objective is to place students into one of five academic schools that will serve as programs of study throughout their high school education and provide more attention to struggling students during an important year of high school. Pathways include, Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and Health Science.

“I selected the Health Science pathway, because that’s what I see myself doing in the future,” said incoming student Kylie Torres. “My dad is a doctor, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps. It’s gong to be a cool experience, because I know it’s not something that everyone gets to do. It helps you find out what career is for you.”

Voters in the 2010 $98.6 million bond issue approved the academy, 1701 Lozano.


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