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Learning Tree

Esparza offers opportunities for children to access academic enrichment, social, and recreational experiences in an environment that is safe and supervised.  It is run by the Northside's Community Education Department.  This department aligns itself with The Texas Education Agency’s expectations, as well as NISD’s high standards of all staff, and maintains the rigor and expectations of our students throughout their day.

Enrichment activities are guided by Problem Based Learning principles.  Lessons adhere to the same standards teachers use, The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  Students experience these skills through hands-on, interactive, and multi-sensory activities. Thus, activities facilitate problem-solving, creativity, intellectual curiosity, and flexibility.  Curriculum topics include: Science, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, College/ Workforce, and a special emphasis is placed on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  STEM activities also include statistics and data-driven decision making, differentiated for each grade level.

There are also monthly events to provide engaging learning experiences as a  family unit and offer information for parents in a variety of topics such as communication, parenting, and nutrition.

Top 5 Reasons to Participate in Learning Tree After-School Care

1. Fun learning

2. Enrichment

3. Direct supervision

4. Community partners and resources

5. Northside excellence


Contact Info: 

Celia Barela

Learning Tree Site Leader

Esparza Elementary




Anita Valdez-Duarte

Esparza, Linton, Villarreal Elementary Schools

Learning Tree After School Program Specialist

Northside ISD

Adult & Community Education

210-397-1891 (office)

210-431-5843 (Fax)

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