Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

Clear Horizons is a high performing early college high school. They currently excel in their performance in all areas. They have earned all 7 distinctions in the TEA Accountability System. They strive to create a culture of support and accountability for their students as they prepare for postsecondary education. They have a specific crosswalk of courses required to achieve their goal of an Associate of Arts in General Studies. They monitor students regularly to make sure they are on track with their degree plan and courses. Support and intervention are offered to those that struggle. Opportunities are provided for students to be successful. 

Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths

The obvious strength area for Clear Horizons is Benchmark 4 Curriculum and Support. They create a culture of developing relationships with each and every student to insure they are successful. They have an advisory period every day in the morning where teachers check in and announcements and school information as well as college readiness information is shared. Grade checks are done here as well.They also provide a clear crosswalk of courses that lead to the Associates Degree and monitor that students are on target to complete on time. A high percentage of each graduating class actually receive their 60 hours and it leads to a degree. They also provide mentoring and internships to prepare students for their chosen field and give them experiences on the job before they graduate. This class is called Independent Study Mentorship and students take this class in their junior and again in their senior year.

They also excel in Benchmark1, 2 and 3, however, this is their strength.

Describe certifications
No certifications are offered currently
Describe degrees
Clear Horizons students are provided a degree plan which enables them to complete high school graduation requirements as well as an associate degree in general studies. Some students will receive the honors designation and others will pursue an associate of science with the appropriate approval from Clear Horizons and San Jacinto College.
All Dual Credit Courses are taught by San Jacinto College personnel.
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?

Parental Engagement-- because of their location and the vast spred of the district it is hard to get parents to come to school for meetings and events.

 

Ideas for Intersession  What are others doing with students when community college is not in session. They currently work with the elementariness in the district and allow students to earn Community service hours but they are looking for other ideas.

 

Strategies for recruiting target populations-- They currently give a weight to underrepresented and low socio economic but are concerned they may fall below OBM.

What tools or resources would be valuable to your campus to support your implementation of the blueprint?

Not sure 

 

Sharing and learning from others

What have been your challenges and how have you addressed them?

The biggest challenge has been to get parents to come to school. We have modified our meeting time to 7 p.m. and this has helped but since most of the parents have nighttime jobs they don't always attend. 

 

Technology has been an obstacle. The laptops the district has issued some time have a filter that doesn't let kids access the college's information or sites.They have just met with both the technology departments and are trying to resolve this issue.

Intersession  ideas-- struggle each year with he time when upperclassmen are strictly in college classes during December, January and May.

 

 

School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - describe
Biggest initiative they have is personalized learning environment and culture.

School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
All of the students here have laptops and use the laptops to conduct research and submit assignments. Teachers also use the laptops to deliver instruction and and to track student progress.
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - describe
Every junior and seniors are enrolled in an Independent Study Mentorship(ISM) class . In the beginning the ISM teachers prepare students for work by teaching them soft skills and 21st Century skills to prepare them for the internships in the spring. The students are then required to find and internship in their desired field in the spring of their junior year. This search is often facilitated by the teacher. They continue in the class and doing internships in the fall of senior year. Some students stay with the internships they had in the spring and some change if they discover that this is not what they want to do.There is also a senior ISM teacher that guides them through their presentation of their internship as a culminating project. These ISM teachers go out in to the community to Rotary, Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce to make connections that can help students get work experience.
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - describe
This school was developed many years ago through a partnership between Clear Creek ISD and San Jacinto College. They have continued to work side by side to develop this campus and address issues and provide an excellent environment for these students to flourish.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
There are two counselors assigned to this ECHS. One does the 9th and 10th grade and the other lead counselor does the junior and seniors. While the counselor for 9th and 10th grade focuses on their degree plan and course selection and the transition to the Early College.The lead counselor spends time with juniors and seniors on college applications and internships. They also meet regularly with students and parents to review progress and follow up on students.
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
This school works collaboratively to train teachers in personalized learning and effective instructional strategies. I am just learning about what they have done to this point. I will update later
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - describe
This school offers the full 60 hours for all of their kids. Most complete all of them before they graduate from High school.
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - please evaluate
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
They offer a summer bridge program for students to transition to the ECHS. They give them a baseline TSI and help them access preparation materials to help them work on areas of need.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
This is redundant see above
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
See description of Independent Study Mentorship Course that juniors and seniors take.
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - describe
They offer a range of club and community service opportunities.
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

They are located on the San Jacinto College Campus. They have classrooms and offices her and are self contained in the space set aside for them.

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

They have established various workforce partnerships where their kids go and get internship opportunities. I am new to them so I will update this information after my next visit.

 

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Target Population' (ECHS)
8
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Partnership Agreement' (ECHS)
9
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Leadership Initiatives' (ECHS)
9
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum and Support' (ECHS)
9
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Academic Rigor and Readiness' (ECHS)
8
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'School Design' (ECHS)
10
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Rating

Program 16-17 SAT Average (#)
598
Program 16-17 ACT Average (#)
25
Program 16-17 AP Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
131