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Principal's Message

Dear Parent or Guardian,


On behalf of the UISD’s S.T.E.P (Schooling Towards Exceptional Performance) Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) faculty, staff, and administration, I welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year as a “return to excellence”.  S.T.E.P Academy is an educational environment for students whose behavior has violated the UISD Student Code of Conduct. It is our belief that all children can learn and progress at the highest level of their ability and that behavior can be improved. Self-control, citizenship, individual responsibility, and respect of self and others will be emphasized. The primary focus of DAEP is to help guide students toward improved behavior, academic rigor, and social skills so they may return to their main campus as productive students and community members. With your support, our staff is committed to maintaining academic progress for each student.

Please know that the teachers, staff, and administration of S.T.E.P Academy (Schooling Towards Exceptional Performance) are committed to providing a strong rigorous, and relevant learning experience for your student. As we return to excellence, together we will “Navigate” our students to make the best decisions and continue on towards their graduation.

 If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call at 956-473-6501 or e-mail




Joseph C. Lopez Sr.

Director, S.T.E.P Academy