Campus Educational Goals:
- Goal 1: Academic Achievement: La Villa Early College High School students will receive a quality educational experience that prepares them for the real world.
- LVECHS will implement a high quality educational program that improves the academic achievement of La Villa students
- LVECHS will ensure that the opportunity to participate in outstanding leadership, competitive, and career training initiatives.
- LVECHS will develop and implement a program that improves the level of student engagement in the learning process.
- LVECHS will recruit and hire highly qualified teachers
- Goal 2: Safe and Positive Environment: La Villa Early College High School will provide students and staff with a safe and positive environment conducive to learning.
- LVECHS will ensure that all buildings and grounds are clean and maintained
- LVECHS will ensure a safe and nurturing school environment for all students and staff.
- Goal 3: Communication: La Villa Early College High School will strengthen relationships through a variety of communication methods with key stakeholders in an effort to achieve student excellence.
- LVECHS will ensure the campus website is updated, maintained, and utilized as a source for accurate community campus information.
- LVECHS will enhance the quality of parental involvement activities at the campus level.
- LVECHS will promote positive and effective communication with the board and community.
- LVECHS will promote positive working and learning relationships among students, staff, parents and community stakeholders.
- Goal 4: Fiscal Responsibility: La Villa Early College High School will demonstrate responsible fiscal management while maintaining a zero-based budget and increasing the district's fund balance.
- LVECHS will effectively utilize district funds to improve the educational opportunities for students and staff.
Benchmark 1: Target Population
- La Villa's population is 100% Hispanic and 83% Economically disadvantaged. The population of the school mirrors that of the district. The school is working on calculating the number of first generation college goers.
Benchmark 2: Partnership Agreement
- La Villa ECHS has a long standing MOU in place with South Texas College.
- The Director of ECHS at South Texas College and La Villa's ECHS liaison were present at the first site visit, which shows partnership involvement with the campus. While there STC offered to provide support on an ECHS presentation for staff and also will share their College Success curriculum for implementing at La Villa ECHS.
- La Villa ECHS is able to pay all transportation, testing, and textbook costs as related to the dual credit courses.
Benchmark 6: School Design
- Students are transported to the South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus twice a day for college level courses (access to a college campus.)
- The principal has autonomy over scheduling, hiring, and budget
- The counselor has been at the school since designated as an ECHS
- Students have access to all STC support services and facilities
AA in Criminal Justice
AS in Biology
1. TSI Acceleration resources (intervention)
2. College Success course and Mentoring program implementation
3. Professional Development opportunities, assistance - increase rigor and active learning in the classroom
1. Samples of TSI flowcharts and curriculum materials
2. College Success curriculum
- Students coming to high school unprepared for rigorous coursework. Mr. Salazar has had to create 5 sections of EOC remediation courses.
- TSI is a challenge. Currently, 33% of sophomores have passed the reading portion. Mr. Salazar hired Sylvan to provide intervention for students that have not passed TSI. He is currently offering reading pullouts with a tutor and will begin that service in math within the next month (November 2017).
- Without students passing TSI, they are not able to stay on track for the pathway they have selected. Mr. Salazar is addressing the TSI challenge as outlined above.
- Sustaining a rigorous curriculum: This year teachers were given staff-development days to work on curriculum writing. This involved backward mapping from the EOC exam. Teachers are now required to turn in their six-weeks exams to Mr. Salazar as well as conduct two and four week exams. These exams must be aligned to the TEKS and work up the six week's exams. Mr. Salazar purchased "STARR TEKS maker" a test maker tool that helps teachers create exams aligned to the EOC and state standards. Teachers must turn in lesson plans weekly. The lesson plans are reviewed by the Dean of Instruction and Mr. Salazar
1. TSI success rate is low: 10th grade success for reading is currently at 33%
2. Students are not provided support for TSI until their freshman year
3. Students are not tested on math TSI until the end of their sophomore year
4. STC does not allow sophomores to take more than 12 credit hours (this means they must attend summer school in most cases to get an associate's degree.)
Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Future Famers of America (FFA)
One Act Play
Track and Field
National Honor Society
P7 Bible Club
South Texas College (STC) is the IHE Partner. Regular leadership meetings take place where STC is involved. The liaison is currently working on instructional plans with the counselor. Students are transported to the STC Mid-Valley campus for classes where students have access to all support services and facilities.
- AA in Interdisciplinary Studies
- AA in Criminal Justice
- AS in Biology
- Business Management
- Human Services
- Health Sciences
School is working on gaining workforce/industry partnerships. School currently partners with Hidalgo County and the City of La Villa.