El Paso is a jewel in the desert. Nestled between the rugged Franklin Mountains and the historic Rio Grande, this dynamic border community combines the advantages of a major metropolitan center with the ambience and neighborly charm of a modern western town.
El Paso is a major transportation hub, providing state-of-the-art educational and medical facilities, abundant cultural and entertainment opportunities, year-round sports and outdoor recreation, a low crime rate, some of the best weather conditions on the planet, and an extremely favorable cost-of-living index. We are a cosmopolitan community; seven in ten El Pasoans are bilingual in English and Spanish, and people from all over the world come here to live, work, do business, get an education, or retire.
The three main school districts in the El Paso area are El Paso Independent School District, Ysleta Independent School District, and Socorro Independent School District. Combined, these districts provide the city with 22 high schools, 33 middle/junior high schools, 101 elementary schools, 8 specialty schools, 3 adult learning centers, an international language school, an academy of science and technology, an entrepreneur center, an early childhood center, and two alternative schools.
El Paso also has over 25 parochial schools and 50 private schools, many of which are renowned for their academic excellence. Loretto Academy for girls and St. Clement's Episcopal Parish School have both received the prestigious Blue Ribbon award, joining the small handful of schools recognized as the best in the nation.
Several other private schools offer specialized academics or technical and mechanical education.
El Paso and Juarez are the centers for several institutions of higher learning and have a reputation for promoting diversity within academics. The most prominent area institutions are:
In addition to UTEP, NMSU, and EPCC, the El Paso region also offers various other high quality alternatives in higher education including Howard Payne University, the University of Phoenix, Webster University , and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso.