Elementary Experience


Focusing on early childhood development, HCISD’s full-day model for Pre-K prepares children to do their best in their education by nurturing and fostering a lifelong desire to learn. HCISD now offers parents, who do not qualify for the Pre-K program under the state guidelines or through employee benefits, the option to send their child to the Tuition-Based Pre-K Program.



HCISD offers a highly interactive robotics program at every campus that not only allows students hands on training with equipment but also provides the opportunity for them to design and create aspects of the machines. This program allows for the development of skills and interests in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Students showcase their skills and talents in state and national level robotics competitions. 


HCISD’s Dual Language Academy is based on a bilingual education model where English and native Spanish speaking students work together and learn in two languages. By the end of the fifth grade, enrolled students will be academically at grade level and equally proficient in English and Spanish. Currently the program is offered at five elementary campuses: Houston, Lamar, Lee Means, Ben Milam and Wilson Elementary.


The newly introduced Tennis and First Tee Golf Program provides all HCISD third grade students the opportunity to learn how to play golf and tennis. Along with the great exercise these sports provide, students develop valuable skills of responsibility, discipline, perseverance, problem solving and mental strength.


Chess is a precise and logical game that requires an ability to strategize and express creativity. Research shows that children who play chess can score higher on standardized testing and have a more highly developed visual memory. 
At HCISD, students can begin learning the fundamentals of chess as early as Pre-K. HCISD chess teams compete at the state and national level.


HCISD is committed to providing correct water safety education in a loving, fun and positively reinforced environment through the Safely Educating Aquatic Learners (SEAL) program. All second grade students participate in this water activity at the district’s new aquatic facility.


HCISD fourth grade students are learning the fundamentals of nutrition and health through the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service G.R.O.W. program. Throughout the year, these students learn how to garden and study the nutritional benefits behind what they are growing.


Little Innovators is a new initiative that gives fifth grade students the opportunity to express creativity and innovation. Under the guidance of their teachers, students design and develop ideas and concepts to present before a panel of Harlingen business professionals.