New Directions 

    The New Directions program involves a partnership between the Harlingen Area Education Foundation, Inc. and the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District.  The New Directions program supports our district’s mission of providing educational excellence for all students by addressing their individual needs.  The New Directions program was created and implemented in the summer of 1991.   New Directions aligns program goals and activities to the Harlingen CISD strategic plan, Transforming Learning for Global Achievement so students may achieve college and career success. Students are capable of academic excellence when provided with the support, guidance and care from the community, administration, faculty, staff, parents, and fellow students.  New Directions prepares students to be lifelong learners who will develop the knowledge, skills, and learning habits that prepare them for college and career readiness. It creates an awareness of linked learning opportunities, which combine rigorous academics, career technology education, post-secondary endorsements and certifications and personalized student support. New Directions promotes information, media and technology skills. All program activities are aligned with 21st century learning themes including: global awareness, financial literacy, civic literacy, health literacy, and environmental literacy. The program increases communication between school and parents to ensure meeting the needs of students’ educational success. Among the numerous strategies of the New Directions program, the following represent some of the important elements of this program’s approach.

    • A one day leadership academy held in August that introduces incoming freshman to high school expectations, college and career readiness, and personal responsibility.
    • Activities that provide skill development in communication, creativity, critical thinking, self-marketing, interpersonal relationships, decision-making and problem solving.
    • Special academic tutorial services provided by trained youth mentors recruited from local colleges who promote a high school education, a post-secondary education and assist students with the college admission process.
    For additional information please contact Mrs. DeAnna Reyes, New Directions Counselor at (956)427-3515 or by email at deanna.reyes@hcisd.org.