STEM Mission: The mission of the STEM Academy is to provide safe and challenging academic environment, in collaboration with community partners that will empower students to achieve futures of excellence in post-secondary readiness.
ECHS is focused on providing the targeted population with a strong academic, social and emotional foundation to be able to reach their college and/or career goals.
- Data driven decision making structure has been established. Decisions are based on what the data is revealing.
- Data is aggregated and disaggregated to ensure decisions are made that will foster success.
- Professional Development Plan includes both district PD, STEM campus PD, and staff attends STEM conferences and convenings.
BM#2 & #3 - Strong relationships with its partners and with its leadership team
certificates in welding.. We continue to investigate other certificates in the automotive
technology, medical records, oil and gas technology, and criminal justice.
1. Research on small schools PLC and Cohort scheduling
2. Best Practices on providing Professional Development for STEM teachers
1. TSI support
2. Transition to 18-19
1. Examples of Master schedules of small schools
2. PBL Best Practices for Implementation
1. TSI resources
2. School Design
STEM: Because of the small group of students, it has been a challenge to schedule the STEM students into one core class. - Master schedule
Meeting with PLC before school and/or after-school has been a solution but teachers are tired and is not the best time.
ECHS: Have a majority of our students TSI ready before the 11th grade. Solution has been to a) integrated TSIA standards into the daily curriculum, b) provide tutorials online, as well as before school, during, school and on Saturdays.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville is providing support as well. Members of the Advisory Board have also expressed support for the internship program.
The leadership academy, advisory board, and other stakeholders use the data gathered from the various sources to implement the action plan, student interventions, and continue to review and revise goals in order to align with the STEM Academy mission statement.
school to high school and beyond. Additionally, they provide information on graduation programs and how choices determine options, with particular emphasis on Early College High School and the attainment of Associate Degree and STEM.
ECHS staff is provided with AP training, attend Consortium sessions and innovative PDs during district PDs. Capturing Kids Hearts is being used to help support the social and emotional needs of students
Since AP curriculum is structured as a college class students are encouraged to register for the PreAP and AP courses.
They have written policies and procedures
Providing support for TSI during the bridge program through the use of PLATO. At this time, students are given their first opportunity to take the assessment at the high school campus (the campus is a testing site). In middle school, students have the opportunity to explore various career investigations through the required CTE Career Portals elective class. In addition, students have been learning some AVID instructional strategies, such as Cornell Notes and study skills.
Incoming 9th graders attend a two week Summer Bridge Program whose goals is to provide our students with a prep program that will:
-foster their academic, social, and emotional skills needed to enter H.M. King Early College High in the Fall of 2017;
-solidify their foundational skills in math, reading and writing in preparation for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exam;
-increase their awareness of college and university options; and
-improve their test-taking and study skills.
While in the 9th grade, STEM Academy students are enrolled in EDUC 1300 (My Cougar Class), a dual credit introduction to the community college experience. This course is part of the high school transitional STEM degree plan for CBC and an articulated direct feed course sequence for TAMUK in in place.
Their plans are internships and then Capstone.The counselor creates a STEM experience checklist to accompany the required PGP, ensuring field experiences to build real world knowledge and skills towards their career goal.
to build a project within given guidelines. This promotes a challenging academic environment and post-secondary readiness. In addition, STEM Academy students particpate in the following transitional activities from middle school to high
school to promote STEM Academy program:
*Summer Bridge Program
*Student to Student Conference
*Teen Leadership Class
*TAMUK incoming 9th Grade Leadership/ College Awareness Camp
*Coastal Bend Orientation
*My Cougar Class
IHE partners support the use of their facilities. Students are provided with IDs and are able to access facilities and services on their campus.
Both IHE have provided events on campus during Summer Bridge.
H.M.King offerings STEM, Business and Industry, Public Service, Arts and Humanities, and
STEM has built a strong level of support from the community. Workforce/industry partners as well as from A&M University-Kingsville.
They attend advisory board meetings and share their expectations and need for the STEM program. In the future are willing to be come mentors and provide work-experience for the students.