“Students in Rural South Texas often face specific challenges in their PK-12 lives that determine post-secondary success.”

“The Rural Schools Innovation Zone provides a skill set that helps develop student skills to help push through these academic and social challenges. Even our highest performing students who have had very little, if any, academic issues in high schools face challenges when they leave rural areas. However, the RSIZ affords our students the opportunity to experience real-life learning experiences and develop self-discipline in a supportive environment before they leave their comfort zone. This prepares our students for success in competitive markets.”

– Steve VanMatre, Superintendent of Schools, Premont Independent School District