Submitted by catherine.pena on Thu, 10/19/2017 - 02:00
Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

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.

 

Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths

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
Describe certifications
No current certifications - this is an area of opportunity
Describe degrees
AA in Interdisciplinary Studies
AA in Criminal Justice
AS in Biology
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?

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

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

1.  Samples of TSI flowcharts and curriculum materials

2.  College Success curriculum

What have been your challenges and how have you addressed them?
  1. Students coming to high school unprepared for rigorous coursework.  Mr. Salazar has had to create 5 sections of EOC remediation courses.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - describe
The school is not currently using PBL, CIF, or instructional rounds. Teachers were trained on CIF long ago and with teacher turnover only a few teachers remain that were trained on the CIF. Mr. Salazar, the principal, is requiring that teachers submit lesson plans, use backward planning, and hold personal data conversations with him and the dean of instruction. There was interest expressed in the CIF and PBL.
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
The district is in the purchasing a device for every student. The library is being remodeled into a collaborative learning environment with iPads and computers for student reading and discovery.
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Disagree
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - describe
School does not offer any work-based experiences or internships.
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - describe
The school does have a leadership team that meets regularly. Members include the principal, counselor, dean, and college liaison at this point. It was suggested to invite the district administrator for curriculum and community members, possibly even a business partner from the community.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
The counselor, Mr. Noe Garcia has been at La Villa ECHS since its designation in 2014. Every student is on an instructional plan aligned with high school and post-secondary. The students receive 1:1 advising as part of their instructional plan.
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
The school started the year with a two week professional development summit. This summit included SIOP, GT, Pre-Ap and curriculum writing. This year the school is interested in implementing PBL. The plan is to contract with Region One or Region Thirteen to provide PBL with follow-up trainings every six weeks. Teachers participate in data conversations and face to face feedback with the principal.
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - describe
South Texas College is the higher Ed partner. There is a policy in place that Freshmen may not take courses in the fall semester. Because of this policy the school does not begin preparing students for TSI until the fall semester of their freshman year. South Texas College does not allow sophomores to take more than two dual credit courses each semester. This means that in order to complete an associate's degree that most students would need to take courses during the summer months.
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - please evaluate
Neutral
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - describe
The school offers three pathways to an associate's degree; AA in Interdisciplinary, AA in Criminal Justice, and an ASA in Biology. All students are on an instructional plan. La Villa busses their students to the STC Mid-Valley Weslaco campus twice a day. Courses offered on the campus are English 1301, Biology 1406, Criminal Justice 1306, History 1301, and Psychology 2301.
Challenges:
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.)
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Disagree
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
Summer bridge is not offered. "Fall Bridge" is offered. It is one day in October/Novemeber when college partner presents different aspects of college readiness and skills to students in the form of seminars.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
Schoool does not offer.
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
School does not have a mentoring program. This is one of the school's goals to implement this school year.
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
Vocational Organizations:
Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Future Famers of America (FFA)

UIL:
Marching Band
Academic UIL
One Act Play
Basketball
Volleyball
Football
Softball/ Baseball
Cross County
Track and Field
Tennis
Golf

Leadership:
National Honor Society
Student Council
Migrant Club
P7 Bible Club
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

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.

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

Associate's Degrees:

  • AA in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • AA in Criminal Justice
  • AS in Biology

Endorsements:

  • Agriculture
  • Business Management
  • Human Services
  • Health Sciences
  • Multi-Disciplinary
Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

School is working on gaining workforce/industry partnerships.  School currently partners with Hidalgo County and the City of La Villa.

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Target Population' (ECHS)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Partnership Agreement' (ECHS)
7
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Leadership Initiatives' (ECHS)
5
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum and Support' (ECHS)
4
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Academic Rigor and Readiness' (ECHS)
3
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'School Design' (ECHS)
6
chart image

Rating

Program 16-17 SAT Average (#)
1049
Program 16-17 ACT Average (#)
16
Program 16-17 AP Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
0
Program 16-17 DC Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
520
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI math (#)
65
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI math (#)
33
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI reading (#)
152
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI reading (#)
59