• Frequently Asked Questions
    What is a freshman academy?
    • Extends the middle school concept of teaming.
    • Allows HCISD to focus on ninth grade transition, which has been viewed as the critical year for graduation.
    • Students will see technology enriched curriculum integrating 21st Century teaching and learning concepts and tools.
    • This campus if for first time ninth grade students only.
    Where will my student go to school in 10th grade?
    • If a student is currently in a feeder school to become a Cardinal, then they will be a Cardinal. If in a feeder school to become a Hawk, then they will become a Hawk when they continue to the comprehensive high school their sophomore year.

    What is the location of the Academy?
    • The Academy is located at 1701 Lozano Road on approximately 44 acres in the Fair Park area, near Harlingen Municipal Auditorium and White Wings Stadium.

    When will the school open?
    • The Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy is scheduled to open August 2013 for the 2013-2014 school year.

    Will the students be separated in classes into the Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South feeder patterns?
    • The comprehensive high school feeder patterns will not separate students in classes at the campus.

    Will students be allowed to participate in athletics, fine arts and other extracurricular activities just like at the high schools?
    • Yes, students will be able to participate in all athletics and fine arts programs offered at Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South, and most extracurricular activities, at the Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy. These activities play an important role in the development of young men and women, and HCISD's leadership and community feel strongly that these traditions of excellence continue.

    Will the Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy eventually become the third comprehensive high school in Harlingen?
    • The Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy will not become the third comprehensive high school. At this moment, HCISD feels that the district has positioned itself for projected growth at the secondary campuses, and the district's leadership strongly supports the mission and vision of the ninth grade campus.

    What are the school colors?
    • The Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy school colors, as approved by the Board of Trustees in November 2012, are blue and gold.

    What is the school mascot?
    • The Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy school mascot, as approved by the Board of Trustees in January 2013, is the Ravens.

    What is the name of the school?
    • The Board of Trustees approved the name of Dr. Abraham P. Cano for the ninth grade campus during the January 2013 regular meeting.

    If you have any additional questions, please email Principal Vivian Bauer at vivian.bauer@hcisd.org.