Nestled in the foothills of the Franklin Mountains, Park Elementary
remains a diamond in the rough serving a portion of Northeast El Paso.
Founded in 1961, Park Elementary was named after a local city
politician Edgar Park (1887-1955). Mr. Park was considered a thinker
who was ahead of his time. According to author Frank Mangan, Mr. Park
made use of the local terrain and the mountain was not bulldozed to make
rooms for the subdivision or the school; the streets and buildings were
designed to fit the mountains. Natural desert vegetation was used in
the landscaping. Mountain Park was the first major subdivision in the
Southwest to put electric and telephone utility wires underground.
The tri-leveled campus, which sits on more than 56,000 square feet,
has three main classroom buildings, library, two science and computer
labs and a Multi Purpose Gymnasium. The main building contains offices
and a cafeteria. Basketball courts are available on two levels while a
grass field, canopies and jungle gyms occupy the lower level.
In addition to a rigorous educational curriculum, Park Elementary
also offers a morning and afternoon pre-kindergarten class, a pull-out
4th and 5th grade Gifted and Talented program, a full time art teacher
and music teacher and a 5th grade orchestra. This year, the school
established the first ever Student Council as well as anti-bullying
programs and the Prestigious Panther Award.
Park Elementary students feed into Canyon Hills Middle School and
John L. Chapin High School. Student attendance at Park Elementary is
consistently above 96.5 % and remains one of the top attended schools in
the district. Approximately 600 students attend Park from Pre-K to 5th
grade. In addition our school offers Dual Language in grades Pre Kinder