Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

We are operating as a SWS ECHS and where all students take college courses at the IHE.  Our goals are to:  graduate every student TSI ready; 100% EOC Met; meet or beat the national average with AA degree (35%); and have 100% college accepted upon graduation.  Our students are going to be a true cohort for each other; self-advocators; obtain academically/college ready skill sets; be service learners; peer leaders; and mentors to lower grade classmates.  By the end of the junior year, out students will have narrowed their college destinations and be able to articulate the credits that will apply toward their degree at their college destination.

Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths

We are implementing BM 1 with fidelity to all criteria.  We are implementing BM 4 with fidelity to all criteria and dealing well with the academic, social, and emotional needs of the student.  Challenges have been meeting all BM 5 criteria, meeting college deadlines, and TSI standards.  We have a dedicated counselor for the ECHS students who are fairly well segregated from the general population.

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)?

We are seeking ways to: efficiently pull our data together; tracking student progress; data sharing processes; extracting PEIMS data: extracting THECB data; and utilizing compatible systems.  We are also seeking assistance with efficiently blending our master scheduling with the comprehensive school master schedule.

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

Data and progress monitoring systems

Electronic stamping of TSI scores on transcripts

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

The greatest challenge has been meeting HS and ECHS master schedule compatibility.  We have created hybrid schedules and then managing as we go.

School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - describe
We are using: Cognitive Rigor Matrix-school wide; questioning; PBL; Texas Performance Standards Program; Instructional Rounds; learning walks; and engagement strategies embedded in lesson plans.
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
We use smart boards; one on one devices; google classroom; chrome books (mini-laptop); i-pads; smart phones in the classroom; and on-line classes with a student facilitator.
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - describe
This component is under construction for summer 2018 with rising seniors.
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - describe
There is no other group other that the BM 3 SSAISD ECHS Leadership Team that currently meets quarterly.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
Our students meet: individually Fall Grades 9-10 Spring Grades 11-12 for a conference with the ECHS counselor and at nine weeks and semester grade reporting periods. The Associate of Arts is only college degree plan and IHE Liaison-Coordinator-Advisor meets with all students and then separately for degree audits with the Juniors & Seniors. We also conduct small group advising with G9-10.
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
We follow the District and Campus driven Staff Development and then try to carve our own time with ECHS Core teachers
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
We place our students in AP US History; Physics; Stats; and English 3 courses as much as possible. All G9-10 students receive instruction at the Pre-AP rigor. All teachers are GT trained. Our Course Crosswalk is established through partnership with IHE. We do not offer IB courses.
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
College driven deadlines are our biggest challenge. Course offerings for grades 9-10 with college instructors are: COSC 1301; SPCH 1311; ARTS 1301; PHIL 1301; and HIST 2321/2322. We continue to work around the HS schedule to meet all requirements.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
We have Summer Bridge for G9 only. Five days of Bridge is held at Palo Alto College. The AM sessions are college preparation and presentations. The PM session are all TSI Prep with Day 5 culminating in the TSIA. We do conduct some Grade Level Transitions for Grades 10-11-12.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
This component is under construction with SA Works, a non-profit that help create internship opportunities for Targeted pops the summer session rising seniors and then extend the opportunity throughout the Senior year.
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - describe
None are offered or planned at this time.
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
Our mentoring program is adult to student through “Building a Purpose” (a non-profit group who manages this). Students are paired with a mentor based on interest and career focus.
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
Our ECHS students have full access to all high school and college opportunities though at some point students self-elect to lessen their commitments in order to meet their academic commitments.
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

Our students have full access to all Palo Alto College activities and facilities.  PAC hosts a Convocation in January annually for all partnering District ECHS freshmen.  We take our students to Library Visit Research Day.  PAC hosts our Summer Bridge and we works with Dean of High School Programs to make it an exciting event for students.

School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - describe

The high school plan for Multi-Disciplinary Studies is aligned with the Associates of Arts and tightly managed by both entities.

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

There are no certification programs offered and this component is not needed at this time.

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Target Population' (ECHS)
6
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)
5
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'School Design' (ECHS)
5
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Rating

Program 16-17 SAT Average (#)
1131
Program 16-17 ACT Average (#)
18
Program 16-17 AP Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
0
Program 16-17 DC Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
2643
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI math (#)
136
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI math (#)
38
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI reading (#)
136
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI reading (#)
87