School Community DemographicsThe current enrollment is 2000 students with 99.3% Hispanic and 17.8% classified as Limited English Proficient while 88.9% are Economically Disadvantaged. All students are under the free lunch program. Because a large majority of our zoned neighborhoods in San Juan are not within walking distance to the school, all students zoned to Pharr- San Juan -Alamo Early College High School qualify for bus transportation. A few neighborhoods are within walking distance. The school is surrounded by residential areas to the north, south, east, and west with the City of Pharr attendance zone being right across the street from the high school on “I” Road (Veterans Blvd). In 1960, forty acres on South I Road were purchased and the construction of PSJA High School would begin. The new campus had a college complex layout with each department having its own building. The high school was completed in 1961. In 1998, a groundbreaking ceremony would be held to begin construction for a new PSJA Early College High School located directly south of the older one. The new facility is two stories with all administration, faculty, staff and students in one building. Construction was completed during the summer of 2000. The doors were officially opened to students during the 2000 - 2001 school year with an Iron "B" placed at the far west corner of the campus marking the area as "Bear Territory".
Pharr -San Juan -Alamo Early College High School started the year with 137 Highly Qualified teachers. There are six counselors for grades 9-12, and one migrant counselor. Each counselor is assigned to students by alphabetical order and by pathway: Health Science, STEM, Business & Industry, Arts & Humanities, and Public Service. Other professional staff includes a diagnostician, two nurses, Librarian, two Attendance Liaisons, and a Safe & Civil School Advisor. There are 13 clerical staff members and 8 instructional paraprofessionals. The campus is also supported by a parental involvement educator. The average years of experience for teachers is 10.5 years.
As of the census of 2010, there were 33,856 people, 8,882 households, and 7,831 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,383.0 people per square mile (919.8/km²). There were 9,740 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was 90.1% White, 0.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 9.9% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 96.7% of the population. There were 9,631 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 19.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.8% were non-families.9.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.8% and the average family size was 4.06%.In the city the population was spread out with 36% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 34.2% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males. The median income for a household in the city was $31,672, and the median income for a family was $33,437. The per capita income for the city was $7,945. About 13.29% of families and 27% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.4% of those under age 18 and 25.5% of those age 65 or over.