Points of Pride
Plato Academy provides educational opportunities for students who have dropped out of traditional high schools, as well as those who are working to gain credits lost and gives them the chance to earn a high school diploma through a self-paced educational setting.
All students graduate under the District's Recommended Graduation Plan with an emphasis on preparing students for a post secondary education along with acquiring skills needed to join and be effective in the work place.
Plato Academy was started in 1992 at Riverside High School as a program. It was placed under AST in 1997. It became a stand alone alternative education campus in 2001. In 2003, Plato Academy was moved to 8441 Alameda where it currently stands. The school receives an expedited waiver of attendance from the Texas Educational Agency allowing students the opportunity to participate in a flexible schedule of 4 hours a day for full time students and 2 hours a day for part time students. Students may attend two blocks if desired to attempt to complete their credits at a faster pace. Plato Academy is open from 7 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with three blocks. The blocks are as follows:
A Block: 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. B Block: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. C Block: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Plato Academy was the only high school in the Ysleta Independent School District that tested former students who had completed all of their course work but still needed TAAS or TAKS tests in order to earn a diploma over the past three years. The Texas Legislature changed the law in 2017 and Texas Assessments of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests are no longer being administered. Former TAKS, TAAS and TEAMS examinees can now take the apropriate State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test. STAAR may be used as an alternate assessment to meet graduation testing requirements for former TAKS, TAAS, and TEAMS students. Plato Academy offers tutoring for examinees needing help in their testing area. Contact Karen McVay, Testing Coordinator for information. 434-9026.
Congratulations to Joann Leyva. She is the 2018 Support Employee of the Year at Plato Academy and has been with the district for over 20 years. Her careeer started at Mission Valley Elementary School as a clerk and then she received a promotion position as the Textbook Secretary at the YISD Warehouse. She missed working with students so she applied for a job at Plato Academy where she has worked for almost 11 years. She calls us her home away from home. Joann is currently an Instructional Aide for the Special Education Department. She also is the textbook person on campus, the master scheduler, registrar and attendance back up and substitute teacher when needed. This is the second time she has been honored with the Support Employee Award.
Joann has been chosen to interview for the Top Ten Support Employee of the Year. We wish her the best of luck and are very proud of her dedication to the students and staff at Plato Academy.