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.
Former Plato Academy Student living his dream.
Ten years ago, Hugo Delgadillo overcame many obstacles to beome a high school graduate from Plato Academy. While at Plato, he volunteered to anchor Channel One announcements, served as Student Council President and endeared himself to all of Plato faculty and staff with his gregarious personality. Jose Vasquez, Social Studies teacher at Plato Academy has this to say about Hugo. "I remember Hugo as an enthusiastic, persistent and passionate student, whose energy just needed to be pointed in the right direction. I am very proud to acknowledge him as one of my students. He is an excellent example of what Plato Academy students are capable of doing." In August 2017, Hugo graduated from the Law Enforcement Training Academy at El Paso Community College. He is now a police officer with the Anthony Texas Police Department and gives back to Plato Academy as a modivational speaker for our current students.