Families & Communities

Navigating the U.S. K-12 Education System – VOE Webinar

This video describes the differences in education systems in Mexico and the United States to help families prepare registration documents, know how to guarantee their children’s high school diploma and make sure their children leave prepared for college.

Key points:

  • Compare the education systems in Mexico and the United States regarding education levels, textbook supply, regulation of public education, dress code and grades.
  • Ensure student’s rights in the public school registration process in Texas and documents, such as immunization records and proof of residency.
  • Understand the high school graduation requirements in Texas, endorsement courses, college preparation, and how the Top Ten Percent Plan affects eligibility into state colleges

Resources & Tools

Webinar slides: Navigating the U.S. K-12 Education System

The American Education System

TEA’s Enrolling Your Child In School

IDRA Principles for Family Leadership in Education

New Texas Graduation Requirements

About the San Antonio VOE

IDRA and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Antonio are partnering to help Mexican and Mexican American families navigate the U.S. education system and learn about important educational opportunities in both countries. The program, called Ventanilla de Orientación Educativa (VOE), provides information on the civil rights of immigrant and English learner students, local educational services, and resources on how to access and succeed in college. See bilingual brochure.

IDRA produced this webinar series to provide information to families while the Consulate was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.