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.
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.
All Dual Credit Courses are taught by San Jacinto College personnel.
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.
Sharing and learning from others
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.
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.
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.