Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

Tyler ISD’s Early College High School is an innovative school serving as a powerful motivator for students to work hard and reach academic success. The school delivers a personalized experience with an effective student support network. Tyler ISD's Early College High School gives students a jump start on college while still providing them with a nurturing learner-centered environment with support and guidance. The Early College High School also helps students and their families save time and money by high school and college.


EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL: THE FOUNDING IDEALS

Early college high school is a bold approach, based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges. Early college high schools blend high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive program, compressing the time it takes to complete a high school diploma and the first two years of college.

Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths

Benchmark 2:

  • MOU includes the following:
  • Tyler Junior College waives tuition and fees for dual credit courses
  • College textbooks purchased by the district will be used for a minimum of 3 years with the exception of government (2 years)

Benchmark 3:

  • Strong relationship between both ISD and IHE partners

Benchmark 5:

  • Advisory has a focused TSI prep component using the diagnostic component of the assessment
  • Opportunity to TSI retest twice a month on Saturdays at ECHS campus (TSI testing site)
  • Use Edmonton TSI Prep Online
Describe certifications
Students have the option to work on the following certifications: CNA and welding.
Describe degrees
AA in general studies.
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?
  • Principal requesting support in becoming a coach leader
  • Improve instruction
What tools or resources would be valuable to your campus to support your implementation of the blueprint?
  • Marketing and branding of ECHS program to reduce the community's misperception of the program
  • Understanding of the new blueprint and OBMs
What have been your challenges and how have you addressed them?
  • IHE scheduling with three different calendars
    • Marketing and branding of the program since the campus has become a stand alone
    • Working with district and IHE marketing departments
  • Food services for students at college
    • Discussions with district to determine options

 

School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - please evaluate and describe
Disagree
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - describe
Classroom visited there was not evidence of any innovative instructional strategies.
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
School provides each student with a Chromebook. Students enrolled in online dual credit courses have a vetted and approved facilitator by Tyler Junior College. The facilitator
has been designated as a TA which gives him access to the students records and assignments.
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - describe
The function of the Leadership Team (LT) is to protect the integrity of the ECHS model and to ensure it is implemented with ?delity. The LT ensures that implementation is in
accordance with the provisions and assurances identi?ed in the EHCS Blueprint and MOU. The LT will met a meet a minimum of three times per year, or more it a situation
arises. The agenda and minutes will be made available to key personnel, Board Turstees and the public. The LT did decided that ECHS students in grades 9 and 10 will take all
classes on the ECHS campus. ECHS has created a Campus Performance Objective Committee (CPOC). The CPOC is comprised of educators, community leaders, business
partners and parents.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
ISD provide the following supports:
*Daily tutorials til 5:00 p.m.
*AVID class provide tutorials twice a week
*Monday's advisory class provides grade monitoring for both high school and college courses

IHE provides the following supports to the students:
*Tutoring online
*One on one tutoring
*Writing and Math Labs
*Intentionally creates mini cohorts for each college class to allow for study groups
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
Each summer 8 faculty members attend the AVID Summer training in Dallas.
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - describe
Evidence through the MOU of an e?ective dual credit program with Tyler Junior College who waives the tuition and fess for dual credit courses. The district pays for the AP
exams for ECHS students.
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - please evaluate
Agree
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - describe
The district has purchased the ELA and math Springboard curriculum from College Board for 9th grade classes. Currently, the campus o?ers AP: World History, Physics, and
Spanish. Dual credit courses are taught by district adjunct instructors, college instructors on the campus and online. To ensure the student's success in the online dual credit
courses the partnership has collaboratively hired a facilitator as a TA to monitor the student's progress.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
School provides an 8 day summer bridge for incoming 9th graders. The IHE partner provides one day of summer bridge activities on the college campus for the students.
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
Tyler Junior College is implementing the Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister mentor program to the juniors this year. The college students will mentor the ECHS students in
the dual credit office area.
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - describe
The ECHS students are required to participate in at least one of the 17 clubs offered at the ECHS campus during club time on Fridays. The students also have the option to join clubs at the college. Currently, there are students in Phi Theta Kappa.
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

IHE provides students complete access and use to all academic and support services facilities including writing and math labs, library, and student support center.

School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - describe

ECHS is aligning their pathways to the ones the college offers: business, health science, humanities/fine arts and engineering.

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

N/A

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Target Population' (ECHS)
8
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Partnership Agreement' (ECHS)
8
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Leadership Initiatives' (ECHS)
7
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum and Support' (ECHS)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Academic Rigor and Readiness' (ECHS)
7
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'School Design' (ECHS)
7
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Rating

Program 16-17 AP Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
21
Program 16-17 DC Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
1596
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI math (#)
50
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI math (#)
164
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI reading (#)
280
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI reading (#)
210