The academy is a blended model of STEM and ECHS. It is a ninth-twelfth grade TEA Designated academy since 2008. It is a school-within-a-school model with an enrollment of four hundred and fifty-six high school students.
2.3.B College Readiness-The academy strives to increase the number of students who are college ready and/or are graduating with an Associate's Degree.
4.1.A Highly Qualified Faculty-The academy recruits highly motivated teachers who are willing to implement innovative STEM programs and are willing to address instruction differently.
Theory of Change:
The academy continues to strengthen their Project-Based Learning (PBL) culture throughout the Academy, utilizing more PBL in all classrooms, and increasing cross-curricular collaboration.
2.3.F---Systematic/tiered support to ensure all students graduate with 12-30 college credits.
The academy has a strong MOU with South Texas College that enables students to acquire college credit hours.
5.4.A---Utilizes STEM-integrated context-based problem solving with the natural use of current technologies.
The academy offers a variety of technology for successful instruction.
6.3.A/C---Higher education partnerships with Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) for dual credit college going culture.
The academy has a strong MOU with South Texas College that enables students to experience college opportunities.
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1. 6.2.C---Curriculum focused business/community partnerships to provide experiences for teachers and students.
2. 1.2.C---Assembles and develops a strong Advisory Board
3. 5.2.G---Develops student portfolios in Internship and Capstone Project focused in the state's STEM-related economic development clusters.
Educate Texas is a valuable resource to the academy in the support that is provided to implement the Blueprint. The academy believes the following resources would be helpful: 1. More professional development from Educate Texas in the areas of Project-Based Learning; 2. A plan/system of acquiring business partnerships for student internships and teacher externships; and 3. Coordinating site visits to model STEM/ECHS academies for networking.
The most pressing challenge the academy has faced is the School-Within-a-School (SWS) school design. The faculty works hard to create and strengthen a STEM culture. They set high expectations for all their students and daily incorporate innovative programs and technology in their instruction. They promote a strong college culture and counsel their students in college opportunities. All teachers integrate TSI Prep into their curriculum. This has been successful in increasing the number of students who are TSI ready.
1. Project-Based Learning---The academy continues to strengthen their Project-Based Learning (PBL) culture throughout the Academy, utilizing more PBL in all classrooms, and increasing cross-curricular PBL collaboration.
2. Curriculum Instructional Frameworks (CIF)---The academy utilizes the curriculum frameworks that provide guidance for implementing the standards adopted by the State Board of Education.
The academy is approximately sixty percent digital. It just purchased Chrome Book Cards. Seventy-five percent of students have either a Chrome Book or an iPad.
Student support includes school-wide mentoring program, tutoring, and tracking/following students in classes they are taking and classes they need. The academy offers after school tutorials on Mondays through Thursdays and a Go Center for Apply Texas. South Texas College staff offers advising and counseling and Spring registration opportunities on the Valley View campus.
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South Texas College (STC)---Valley View students primarily take courses at STC. The academy shares data and addresses student needs with STC faculty.
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)---The academy is working to put this MOU into effect.
Associate Degree Pathways---
Interdisciplinary Studies, Math, Computer Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry
Art 1301, Anthropology 2301, Biology 1406, 1407, 1408, 1409, 2401, 2428, Chemistry 1411, 1412, 2423, 2425, COSC 1301, 1337, 1436, 2330, 2425, 2436, CPMT 1403, 1404, 1407, 1411, Economics 2301, English 1301, 1302, ENGR 1201, 1304, 2301, 2302, 2405, 2406, Government 2305, 2306, History 1301, 1302, HITT 1305, Math 1414, 2412, 2413, 2414, 2415, MDCA 1166, 1205, 1321, 1343, 1409, Music 1306, Physics 1401, 1402, 2425, 2426, Psychology 2301, Sociology 1301, Speech 1311.
Biology II, English III, English IV, Statistics, U. S. History
The academy has established some workforce/industry partnerships from both the private and public sector. The fields of these partnerships include medicine, technology, education, and accounting. The partnerships provide job shadowing opportunities.