ABOUT El paso leadership academy

Our goal is to give EPLA students the tools to achieve college and career success through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum while also providing them with opportunities to develop strong leadership skills. A life-long commitment to community service will empower our students to take an active role in shaping the future of their community. We will create a school where failure is not an option and students are given the knowledge and tools to identify and achieve their dreams.

We are a 501(c)(3) organization invested in the education of El Paso Area students

El Paso Leadership Academy
Now Accepting Students for 2022-2023 for
Grades 6-8
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Where Tradition Meets Innovation

Established in 2014, EPLA’s mission has been to provide innovative education to the traditionally underserved students in the El Paso Region, where students achieve academic excellence in the classroom while striving to build up their community.
Our small campus culture provides:

  • Small class sizes
  • A personalized approach to helping our students learn
  • Opportunities for our students to engage in their communities and apply what they are learning in class to real-world situations.

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Our vision is that all EPLA students, because of the school’s all-encompassing environment of high expectations, will recognize that attending and graduating from a four-year college can be a reality.


The El Paso Leadership Academy is a public charter school that provides students with an exceptional, tuition-free, college preparatory education. We are committed to a brighter future for our children and our community.

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Our individualized approach starts with our parents and families. Don’t forget to fill out our Future Scholar Interest Form after you apply!

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Our Refer-A-Friend Program helps our EPLA family to spread the word to prospective families about the amazing opportunities our scholars receive at EPLA!

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Founder Omar Yanar

Prior to forming the EPLA, Mr. Yanar graduated at the top of his class at Franklin High School and went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History and a Master’s degree of Education from Stanford University. Yanar then worked as a teacher for six years until he returned to school for a Master’s of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Yanar believes that combining his educational experience with public policy expertise can provide him with the necessary tools to effect change in his beloved community of El Paso, Texas. The students and citizens of El Paso are a top priority in his life and looks forward to working with the community for the advancement of its youth through innovative curriculum and teaching methods.

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