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What to know about LPI

Lydia Patterson Institute, LPI, is a private faith-based school supported by the United Methodist Church South Central Jurisdiction. It provides an education to students in the El Paso Borderplex areas to include El Paso, TX and Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Lydia Patterson Institute currently serves students from 7th to 12th grade. At LPI you will find a unique place where students are immersed in an academic and spiritual environment.

For over 100 years, Lydia Patterson has been dedicated to building bridges between two countries, two cities, and two cultures.

What began in 1913 with Mrs. Lydia Patterson, a Methodist laywoman acting through the Women’s Missionary Society of her church, began to setup schools in the homes of some Mexican Methodist families. Her spirit and vision is still alive today at LPI where young men and women, a majority of whom are from Ciudad Juarez, continue to be educated in a challenging academic environment while being nurtured in Christian values. LPI was one of the first schools in the US to emphasize the teaching of English as a Second Language in 1921 and to then merge students into the appropriate grade level to put them on the path toward graduation from high school. We are committed to forming bilingual and bicultural leaders for society.


Excellence and outstanding achievement has been the trademark of LPI students. Graduation rates of students exceed 95% of those entering as freshmen and over 98% of the graduates continue their education at colleges across the U.S. With the support of the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church, LPI is positioned to keep faith with its historic commitment to academic excellence and intentional spiritual nurture. LPI is also extending its horizons to the limitless possibilities of cross-cultural enterprises by which she aspires to serve the general Church. The Staff and Administration see themselves as strategically situated geographically, demographically, and historically to serve as a bridge that will span the social, cultural and spiritual realities of a diverse population. Today’s conditions offer us an exciting and challenging moment in which to serve God as we serve future leaders of America.


The 7th – 12th grades are positioned to grow young students into productive members of society through mastery of core content while building well-rounded individuals through participation of electives, clubs, sports, and lay ministry. Digital technology has been implemented into all grade levels allowing for more creative, broader extensions of the textbooks. Increasing the use of digital devices and using interactive digital materials is a leap from the infrastructure that was held in the past. We believe that the use of digital technology in the classroom will provide further achievements for more hands-on and deeper understanding of content.

Strong Academic Program

This is important because it will determine a student’s future career allowing him/her to enter competitive fields and develop intellect that will help in all areas of life.

Safe Learning Environment

It is important that students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community feel socially, physically and emotionally secure on campus. Students need to feel safe and supported. When they do, there is a better chance of successful learning.

Positive Climate

It is important that everyone feels respected and looks forward to working, learning and being at our school.

Our Principles

We focus on ensuring that the school’s faculty and staff genuinely care for each student and maintain an “open door” policy for them and their parents. Administration works to provide a positive working environment so that teachers enjoy their work day and their profession. It is important that every teacher on this campus understands the students’ backgrounds and works not only to develop academic strength within each child but also a strong building of character.
Lydia Patterson Institute is committed to educate students in a comprehensive manner, through the acquisition and development of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that enable them to be young people committed to their surroundings and promoters of academic development. We intend to deploy young students through the exercise of values with academic preparation and the ability to achieve its commitment to social responsibility and the entry to higher education institutions.


Our Purpose

The goal at Lydia Patterson Institute, LPI, is to develop well rounded students who are prepared to be successful in higher education and the workforce. Our mission statement states, “Lydia Patterson Institute is committed to providing an environment in which Christian faith, values, and knowledge converge to give students a cross-cultural, academic, and state-of-the-art education, by creating opportunities to develop skills to succeed and transform a changing world.”

Our Teachers

Our teachers follow the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards as we aim to prepare students for a competing world. Another goal is to raise the level of rigor in the classroom through research-based lesson planning and instructional strategies. By the time our students leave our school they are bilingual young adults that are ready to take on the challenges of the current work force. This is successful with a strong group of dedicated teachers who understand our student population and their needs. Although our teachers follow the TEKS, they are given certain freedom to determine the sequence of readiness and supporting standards. These decisions are made during Professional Learning Community meetings as vertical alignment is discussed. In order to ensure that our students receive a quality education it is vital that our teachers collaborate as they develop a needs assessment and proper interventions inside and outside of the classroom.

It is an honor to serve Lydia Patterson Institute as Principal. I love serving this amazing community and am grateful for the relationships built with the faculty/staff, students, and parents. LPI is a special place and I am blessed to be a part of this family.

Our vision at LPI is to provide a school environment where students feel safe, comfortable, challenged and engaged in class. Our teachers provide students with an educational experience that inspires and motivates them to be lifelong learners and contributors to the world around them. Our goal is to provide an environment that meets the individual needs of each student, academically, socially, and spiritually. We are committed to ensuring that our students receive the best support to learn and grow.

Families, teachers, staff, and administration all play a part in helping our students develop. A strong partnership between home and school develops greater success for our children. We are excited for the opportunity to work with you and your child to provide a safe and productive learning environment.

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