Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

The goals are:  for all students to graduate with HS/AA diploma and degree; to change the student and parent mind set for high expectations; and to create a college going culture.  Our theory of change is:  to shift the mindset of our teachers that our student may not come in with the requisite skills but we must teach those college skills in balance life skills.

Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths

BM 1 The ECHS has a well thought out and tightly managed recruitment, exposure to the campus, vetting, and identification process that meets are components of the targeted population with fidelity.

BM 4 Brackenridge ECHS provides the opportunity for students to earn an associate degree or 60 hours of college credit, Associate of Arts. The ECHS Director monitors ECHS students' grades weekly and every progress report. ECHS Counselor creates a 4-year degree plan that includes 60 semester credit hours and endorsement in Arts & Humanities. Degree plans are reviewed each semester and credits audited. ECHS Counselor provides individual counselor session, classroom guidance through AVID, and Crisis Intervention Centers and Counseling Agencies for parents/families. Tutoring is available weekly before, during, and after school.

BM 5 TSI assessment preparation begins in 8th grade in SAISD. Students not TSI tested participate in the summer bridge for prep and assessment. Students who did not meet TSI readiness standards participate in the summer bridge for intervention and re-test. Incoming 9th graders are tested in November and December with interventions and re-test as needed. 10th graders  re-test in December thru May, 2017 with interventions as needed. Students who don't meet college readiness will participate in computer and face to face interventions during AVID, Path Career Course, and after school. Students with smart phones are shown how to download a TSI application for daily questions. Core teachers will integrate TSI questions in curriculum.

Describe certifications
None
Describe degrees
Associate of Arts
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?

BM 2 Assistance with a review of the MOU to ensure that it is thorough and sufficient to meet the needs of the students.

BM 3 Assistance with creating a process or system that the Leadership Team continues to hold regular meetings with formal agendas and posted minutes as outlined in the Blueprint and continues to use the data to inform stakeholders and refinement of our actions as needed.

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

Learning more about the new outcomes based measures and creating systems that ensure compliance for annual designation.  Learning more about other programs that are successful in getting student TSI met in all areas and learning more about other Bridge innovative Interventions that support student success.

What have been your challenges and how have you addressed them?

Our biggest challenge is creating dedicated core sections for grades 9-10-11-12 within our Master Schedule as we grow to full capacity.  The ECHS student course needs diverge dramatically and sometimes we allow non-ECHS kids into ECHS sections.  We work individually with students, counselors, administrators, and teacher to keep sections as pure as possible.

 

School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - describe
Our program uses instructional rounds with teachers learning from teachers. We have a ECHS SLC of teachers that meet on campus bi-weekly with the focus on student attendance and grades. We utilize Cornell notes; graphics organizers for test prep; student review of articles or books with peer review by rubric; and our HS syllabus mirrors college syllabus format.
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
We utilize computer application on our phones and computers; e-books for HS and/or college texts; Remind Me app; interactive PPTs during instruction; smart boards, pads, ECHS Lab, and multiple modalities of technology integration into the learning by students.
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - describe
We are utilizing paid and unpaid Internships with local colleges and entities such as USAA, District departments, campus staff, and others partners.
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 ECHS Leadership Team as described earlier is the only "advising" group that is utilized at this time.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
Every student participates in AVID classes where the alignment of HS/AA courses are completed for their four year plan. These are updated each semester. Students are monitored through SLCs at campus and the early alert system at the college is consistently reported by the IHE. All early alerts are handled by the SLC with interventions designed and through an IEP for each student. The Associate Principal (program director) conducts direct conferences with the counselor for each individual student. There is consistent use of AVID strategies for interventions.
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
ECHS faculty approved to teach as IHE adjunct faculty have the same opportunities for professional development as all college faculty are evaluated according to policy. Each semester, the college has an Adjunct Faculty Academy where faculty participate in teaching initiatives and/or outside presenters discuss relevant issues. They will also meet with their department to discuss college, department practices, data, and student learning styles. The ECHS Director and Brackenridge Principal together with Human Resources to hire highly qualified ECHS teachers. ECHS Director designs the ECHS PD together with district, principal, and ECHS teachers to create the campus PD plan based on a needs assessment.
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
Students are assessed and identified to earn Dual Credit by college course work or through Advanced Placement classes as determined by the crosswalk, ECHS leader, and counselor. There are no IB courses at the ECHS or campus.
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
This plan is just underway with Cohort 1 becoming juniors and the success is undetermined at this time.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
Summer Bridge is conducted over the span of 15 days that are focused on three components: TSI preparation; orientation content and activities at the HS and the college; and a Parent event or activity.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
As stated earlier, the ECHS utilizing paid and unpaid Internships with local colleges and entities such as USAA, District departments, campus staff, and others partners. This is the first foray into this areas for our year three students.
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - describe
This component is not implemented at this time.
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
This component is offered through AVID and Mascot Teacher Period which is an (advisory on Tuesdays for 40 minutes where grades, attendance, behavior, college readiness lessons, and other such activities are conducted to support student success.
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
Academic clubs and extra-curricular activities are open to all students. There are barriers or limitation placed on students...only self-imposed.
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

Students have full access to IHE and all associated facilities and support systems such as a Success Advisor, counseling services and access to special needs services as appropriate.

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

Students are placed on the Associates of Arts pathway in alignment with an endorsement in Arts and Humanities.  This plan is tightly managed and there is no other program or pathway anticipated to be opened up.

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

This ECHS program does not offer Level 1 or Level 2 certifications therefore there are no industry/workforce partnerships needing support.

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

Program 16-17 SAT Average (#)
1212
Program 16-17 ACT Average (#)
17
Program 16-17 AP Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
0
Program 16-17 DC Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
1095
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI math (#)
193
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI math (#)
145
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI reading (#)
193
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI reading (#)
48