Schools & Education

The Horizon area has some of the best schools in Texas. Horizon area families are served by two school districts which oversee a total of four elementary schools, three intermediate/middle schools, and two high schools.

Socorro Independent School District (SISD) – Schools serving the Horizon area:

  • Horizon Heights Elementary (the first school in the Horizon area)

  • Desert Wind Elementary (opened 2003, located in the El Paso Hills subdivision)

  • Colonel John O. Ensor Middle (opened 2000, located adjacent to Horizon Heights)

  • Montwood High School (located in east El Paso)

  • SISD Education Center (located in the Horizon area on Eastlake Drive at I-10)

Clint Independent School District (CISD) – Schools serving the Horizon area:

  • Desert Hills Elementary (located in the Horizon area on North Kenazo Drive)

  • Frank Macias Elementary (opened 2001, located in the Horizon Manor subdivision)

  • Carroll T. Welch Intermediate (located just off Horizon Boulevard)

  • Horizon Middle (opened 2006, located on North Kenazo Drive, adjoins with Desert Hills Elementary)

  • Horizon High School (opened 2002, located off Horizon Boulevard)

Clint has acquired sites in the Horizon industrial area to centralize its warehousing and operational support facilities. In addition, Clint provided the land for a Head Start (pre-school) facility on land adjoining the Frank Macias Elementary School. CISD is Horizon’s largest employer.

Socorro Independent School District and Clint Independent School District serve Horizon. Both SISD and CISD have been recognized by the Texas Education Agency and continue to set new standards in excellence. Socorro ISD (915.937.0000) extends from East El Paso to the westernmost side of Town of Horizon City. Clint ISD (915.851.2877) covers the remainder of the Horizon area.

Click on the links below for Maps of Boundaries & Districts:


Initially, both school districts served small farming and ranching communities in the Rio Grande Valley, but their northern boundaries were drawn all the way to the county line and the Texas/New Mexico border. SISD also serves the Socorro area, a rapidly expanding suburb of east El Paso, and the western half of the existing urban area of Horizon City. CISD also serves the original Clint area, the remainder of the Horizon area, and a community to our north known as East Montana.

Regional Post Secondary Education

HCIA's Role

Horizon Communities has long been an active supporter of schools. Our main contributions has been in the form of land donations. For example, Horizon Communities provided CISD with an 18-acre site for its new administrative center, which opened September 2003. The opening brought the district’s historically fragmented administration together for the first time.


Our Good Life

The Advantages

Our core communities offer all the advantages of small-town living, friendliness, safety, good schools, local shops, and peace and quiet. Horizon’s residents know each other and watch out for one another. Neighbors can meet up at the country club, which offers an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, elegant dining, and entertainment. Old-fashioned community values are alive and well here.

Big City Amenities

The city of El Paso is less than a 15 minute drive west of Horizon. Some of El Paso’s newest shopping malls, outlets, and restaurants are located on El Paso’s rapidly growing eastside. For a more exotic shopping experience, cross the Zaragoza International Bridge and enjoy what Mexico has to offer. We are also 10 minutes from Mission Valley, once settled by the Spanish in the late 16th century. The old churches that line the historic Mission Trail mark the birthplace of El Paso. And with such close access to I-10, road trips spanning the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean is easy.

The Climate

Here in the high desert, our average high summer temperature is 95 degrees. The average winter high is about 60 degrees. Low humidity and moderate rainfall, 8.65 inches annually, combine to create an ideal climate.

In winter, sunshine and warmth are aplenty. Concerned you might miss the snow? Don't worry. Some winters deliver up to six inches of snowfall overnight (the all time record for El Paso was 22.4 inches in 1987). But wake up early to build your snowman. It will probably melt by noon.