Submitted by denise.davis on Tue, 10/31/2017 - 02:02
Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

Every student will participate in an integrated high school and collegiate academic program as evidenced by:

  • academic excellence,
  • development of critical thinking skills,
  • integration of a supportive educational staff, peers, family and community enabling them to be responsible and productive citizens possessing a strong sense of community, self-worth, and desire for life-long learning.  Students will earn a high school diploma and be given an opportunity to complete an associate’s degree.
Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths
  • Benchmark 1:  Recruitment of target population - They recruit by visiting campuses and speaking to all eighth graders during in class sessions. The applications ask specific questions about each student. Once applications are received, they are scored  using a rubric created by the campus. The rubric is weighted to target the population according to the TEA ECHS blueprint. Parent information sessions describe the campus, details of the TEA blueprint, and the type of student targeted in an ECHS. Students who are from under-represented sub-populations or who are classified as at risk are given more points in the scoring process. Individual student interviews are conducted to make final selections to allow for a better picture of the "whole" student. 
  • Benchmark 4: Curriculum and Support - Student acquisition of college courses with approximately 80% graduating with an AA degree in first cohort. All students take a support class called Path College and Career. This class works on establishing a personalized approach to each student and offers them
    social, emotional, and academic supports. Students realize that the ECHS is a special place to attend and that all staff involved are willing to go above and beyond to help them succeed.
  • Benchmark 2: Partnership Agreement - Strong partnership exists between Tarrant County College - Southeast and Arlington Collegiate High School. The ECHS is housed in a facility built with TCC funds and AISD provided the college furniture. ECHS uses the facility during the day and TCC holds classes in the evening. Tuition, fees and TSI are waived by TCC. AISD is responsible to purchase the college textbooks. 
Describe certifications
N/A
Describe degrees
Associate of Arts
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?
  • Professional development prescriptive for ECHS teachers
  • Understanding the ECHS blueprint and OBMs
  • Creating new course codes that align to endorsements
What tools or resources would be valuable to your campus to support your implementation of the blueprint?
  • Support with website required products for blueprint
  • TSI prep information
  • Support with AP Human Geography
  • How to real time access to college course progress
What have been your challenges and how have you addressed them?
  • Transportation to UT Arlington 
    • First 3 weeks of school used the district suburban to transport students to and from
    • Once determined schedule, then district provided a driver for suburban to transport to and from UT Arlington
  • P.E. class requirement of gym space
    • Cafeteria area is used for P.E. course
    • Custodial staff have to break down the tables after breakfast; set up gym equipment; then reset the cafeteria for lunch
    • TCC pays for additional custodial support on these days since this is a college course for the AA
  • Alignment of high school and college calendar
    • Approval from AISD board
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
District provides each student with a laptop. If students do not have internet at home the district provides a wifi hotspot.
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - describe
Leadership team meets four times a year. The team includes ECHS administration and faculty; AISD - assistant superintendent and director of counseling; TCC - President, VP of Academic Affairs, College Deans, Director of Counseling; and 2 Community members. Principal participates in monthly meeting with the VP of Academic Affairs and campus deans.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
All ECHS staff are provided training at the start of the year in order for them to fully understand what it takes to work with ECHS students. A focus of the training is an
emphasis on forming positive relationships with all students. During our summer bridge camp and throughout the year, students meet with support pieces such as the counselors or administrators so they feel comfortable talking to all adults about what they may need help in. The IHE also meets with the students so they understand what a college has to offer and the supports they can provide to them as needed. All students take a support class called Path College and Career. This class works on establishing a personalized approach to each student and offers them social, emotional, and academic supports.

ECHS has an existing course of study that allows all students to complete a high school diploma and an associate's degree or at least 60 semester credit hours toward a
baccalaureate degree. They currently monitor student progress regularly and calculate the hours completed by student and by student groups. Plans are in place for ongoing academic support. Those plans include tutorial supports by ISD teachers as well as support sessions outside of the school day that include Saturdays. The IHE also provides academic support through assigned supplemental instructors that provide weekly tutorial sessions. Students also regularly acquire academic assistance from the tutorial centers at the IHE which include, reading and writing, math, and science.

School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Disagree
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
Faculty are required to attend the mandatory district trainings. The ECHS has no autonomy in designing the professional development for the ECHS faculty.
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - describe
Strong partnership exists between Tarrant County College - Southeast and Arlington Collegiate High School. The ECHS is housed in a facility built with TCC funds and AISD provided the college furniture. ECHS uses the facility during the day and TCC holds classes in the evening. Tuition, fees and TSI are waived by TCC. AISD is responsible to purchase the college textbooks. 
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 college courses taught in cohorts at the ECHS campus are allowed to use the textbooks for 3 years. The MOU does not require the same provision for dual credit courses offered on the college campus. Partnership collaborates often to ensure the success of the program.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
Week long summer bridge program focused to expectations and team building. Summer bridge does not include a TSI component. Focused topics include: college orientation, high school expectations, connection with 10th graders, and curriculum day with teachers. At the end of the week, they celebrate with a portrait of a graduate. Each student crosses the bridge and receives their certificate of completion.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
Area for growth.
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - describe
11th and 12th graders have the opportunity to join and participate in college clubs and extra-curricular activities.
Students are able to decide what clubs to form through a google. Then the SBDM review the forms to determine a sponsor for the club. Clubs are held on Tuesday and Thursday during advisory and lunch. High school clubs include yearbook, cooking, newspaper, student council, and gaming.

Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

ECHS students, faculty and have access to the instructional and non-instructional materials and resources available on the college campus.

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

N/A

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Target Population' (ECHS)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Partnership Agreement' (ECHS)
8
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Leadership Initiatives' (ECHS)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum and Support' (ECHS)
5
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 AP Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
22
Program 16-17 DC Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
4381
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI math (#)
303
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI math (#)
238
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI reading (#)
303
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI reading (#)
301