Submitted by denise.davis on Mon, 11/06/2017 - 16:54
Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

Early College High Schools (ECHS) are innovative high schools that allow students least likely to attend college an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and 60 college credit hours.

Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths
  • Benchmark 1: Recruitment of Target Population for ECHS. To apply and be considered for enrollment into the ECHS, students must be an 8th grader
    going into the 9th grade. Student must reside within the SFDRCISD attendance zone. Students are selected based on a short application process. A cohort of 120 students is selected in the spring of the previous year of enrollment. Principal, Counselor, and support staff will go to Del Rio Middle School and present the benefits of applying to ECHS to 8th grade staff, parents and students. Parent nights detailing information and question/answer sessions will also be provided to families along with brochures stating course sequence, benefits, and requirements for enrolling at the ECHS. Application and deadlines will be provided at this time as well. Families will also be informed of extra-curricular activities students may participate in or restrictions, if any.
  • Benchmark 3: P-16 Leadership Initiative -  A strong partnership between Del Rio ECHS and Southwest Texas Junior College. The SFDRCISD/SWTJC team is in constant communication. Steering Committee meetings are scheduled twice a year and agenda consists of topics such as,ECHS courses, TSI testing, Adjunct Faculty, Degree Plans, Services available to students thru SWTJC, tours, grades, FERPA, registration, rosters, contracts and fees, and public relations. Everyone in the committee and in the community is excited about the opportunities that are being offered and are interested in the program for their children. The efforts of the IHE to build relationships with our students and staff have contributed to our first year and second year successes!
Describe certifications
Microsoft Office Specialist
American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Pre Pac Education Fundamentals
Early Childhood Education
American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED
Flash CS6, Dreamweaver CS6, Photoshop CS6, Fireworks CS6, Illustrator CS6, InDesign CS6
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Electrical Apprentice License
National Center for Construction Education Research (Building Trades, Electrical Trades,
Metal Trades)
National Automobile Technicians Excellence Foundation
Automotive Service Excellence
Jailer License
Use of Force in Jail Setting #3504
Telecommunications Operator #1013
National Restaurant Association
Certified Nursing Assistant
Emergency Medical Technician
Phlebotomy/EKG
Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning
Certified Pharmacy Technician
First Aide/CPR
Professional Certification in Customer Service- National Retail Federation
American Welding Society SENSE
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Describe degrees
Associate of Arts
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?
  • Auditing of high school and college transcripts of each student
  • Implementing the CIF and training of all ECHS teachers with the strategies
  • Designing a capstone project plan for upcoming seniors
What tools or resources would be valuable to your campus to support your implementation of the blueprint?
  • Identifying an instructor to train teachers in CIF strategies
  • Resources for designing and implementing a capstone project
  • Creating a system to audit high school and college transcripts
What have been your challenges and how have you addressed them?
  • Scheduling courses for ECHS students since the Del Rio High School and the college must coordinate and collaborate to create a master schedule
    • District has approved the ECHS to offer an after school course from 4:30 - 5:45 to allow the students more options within the school day schedule
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
ECHS has purchased the CIF instructional strategy guidebooks for each teacher. Currently, the district is asked for assistance in identifying a CIF trainer. They would like to implement immediately.
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
ECHS students who do not have their own device have an opportunity to check out laptops from the high school or college library for their college work. The principal is requesting the district to purchase air cards for students who do not have internet at their homes.
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
This is an area of growth for the ECHS campus. The principal is searching to create more partnerships to allow for internships.
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
The SFDRCISD/SWTJC leadership team is in constant communication. Steering Committee meetings are scheduled twice a year and agenda consists of topics such as,ECHS courses, TSI testing, Adjunct Faculty, Degree Plans, Services available to students thru SWTJC, tours, grades, FERPA, registration, rosters, contracts and fees, and public relations. Everyone in the committee and in the community is excited about the opportunities that are being offered and are interested in the program for their children. The efforts of the IHE to build relationships with our students and staff have contributed to our first year and second year successes!
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
The campus has hired 3 full time tutors to support the students with their high school and college courses during the school day. These tutors also provide interventions through lunch and learns as well during periods students are not in class. Each 9th grader is enrolled in a Methodology for Academic and Personal Success (MAPS). The course focuses on the skills and strategies necessary for students to make a successful transition into high school and an academic career.
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
The school is planning to implement the CIF training for all ECHS teachers. All ECHS core teachers are Pre-AP certified. The plan is to have all the ECHS teachers AP trained this summer.
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - describe
The MOU includes the highly recommended topics by TEA. The MOU is for collaboration in planning, implementation, and continuous improvement of the Early College High School programs including the provision for faculty, staff, and administration; curriculum development; training; and student services. The tuition and fee model that has agreed upon is the following: 1.SWTJC will waive tuition and fees for students enrolled in Dual Credit co urses , provided that SFDRCISD inst ructors are teaching the courses. 2.The San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated !SD agrees to pay SWTJC $2,500 per class section taught by an SWTJC teacher at a San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District campus. 3. For Del Rio Early College High School students taking classes on the SWTJC campus, SWTJC will charge a discounted tuition rate. The discount will be 15% off of the approved " In- District " tuition rate for the given semester. There fore, the charged tuition for each student would be 85% of the " In­ District " rate for the given semester. 1. Courses offered for dual credit will be identified as college-level courses. SWTJC Master Syllabus requirements for books, materials, and learning outcomes must be followed for all college courses. Books used for the ECHS courses will be used for at least 3 years. Course Delivery (face-to-face, video conferencing, online, hybrid) will be determined by SWTJC administration, in collaboration with the ECHS Principal/ Director.
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - please evaluate
Agree
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - describe
College has been flexible with their schedule to accommodate the ECHS modified block schedule. Dual credit courses taught on the college campus have been blocked with the college faculty. College has the final word on the credentialing of adjunct instructors for dual credit courses taught by high school faculty. College provides full time faculty members for the high school adjunct instructors. Prior to being approved as an adjunct instructor, the college requires the high school teacher to teach a demonstration lesson for the Division Dean and a full time content instructor. The college requires all dual credit instructors to participate in a mandatory training on the 2nd Wednesday in August at the college from 9-4. The training includes campus systems, dual credit 101, meeting with divisional dean, and breakout sessions with disciplines. College allows approval as a temporary dual credit teacher if they are within 6 hours of the 18 hours in content they have approved to teach dual credit courses.
School district will pay the tuition for these teachers completing the required courses to teach dual credit. SWTJC wi11 keep the ECHS Principal/ Director abreast of students in jeopardy of failing a class and provide numerical grades for the purpose of calculating district GPAs. Semester grades and grading policies are outlined in each instructor's course syllabus. ECHS personnel are responsible for advising ECHS students concerning academic progress in the course's high school component.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
ECHS requires a mandatory 15 days during the month of June focused to TSI boot camp. Upperclassmen who have not met standards in TSI are also required to attend. TSI assessment is given each Friday. The school is a TSI testing site.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
An area that the school is exploring to implement on their campus.
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - describe
An area of the school is exploring to implement for the 2018-19 school year.
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
Campus is implementing the PALS (Peer Assistance & Leadership) program this year. http://palusa.org/
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
Students have the opportunity to participate in all high school and college clubs and extra-curricular activities. ECHS has an ambassador program and implementing PALS,
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

Students have access to all college supports and facilities at all times. 

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

Early college high school is focused to students completing their associate degrees. Students do have the opportunity to enroll in courses at the CTE: Business and Industry; Public Services; and STEM. http://www.sfdr-cisd.org/alternative-school/career-and-technical-education/

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support
  • Casa de Cultura

  • Sheriff's Department - toy drive

  • Feast of Sharing

  • Salvation Army - bell ringers

  • Working to develop a partnership with Habitat for Humanity - challenge is currently working in Mexico

  • Some college classes require the student to participate in service learning

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Target Population' (ECHS)
7
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Partnership Agreement' (ECHS)
7
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Leadership Initiatives' (ECHS)
7
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum and Support' (ECHS)
7
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 (#)
0
Program 16-17 ACT Average (#)
0
Program 16-17 AP Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
12
Program 16-17 DC Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
1351
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI math (#)
237
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI math (#)
78
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI reading (#)
332
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI reading (#)
251