Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

Campus Description:

     The ECHS academy is a school-within-a-school with ninth and tenth grades only.  Their enrollment is two hundred and ninety-four.

ECHS Goals:

     The academy will address all six benchmarks in the ECHS Blueprint.

Theory of Change:

     The academy is a school-within-a-school with ninth and tenth grades only.  The regular high school used to have college and career readiness (CCR) classes for Seniors only but now every grade ninth through twelfth participates in CCR classes.  The Freshmen and Sophomores are focusing on their own careers.  The administration wants to build the teachers and Counselors capacity to better support students through training and professional development.  The academy students are all enrolled in AVID.      

Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths

1.  One of the academy's strengths is in their strong higher education partnership with Texas A & M University Kingsville (TAMUK).  The academy has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the university for dual credit.

2.  Student support is a strength of the academy.  The administration, teachers and Counselors have created a support system for the acceleration and intervention of all students.  AVID and pathway courses are key courses in the college and career readiness culture the academy has established. 

Describe certifications
Certifications offered:
Certified Nurse's Aide (CNA) AWS Welding
Adobe Certified Associate Level II Security Officer
IC3 Computer
CompTiaA Computer
OSHA Worksafe
Describe degrees
N/A
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?

The academy is interested in the following:

1.  It has high interest in acquiring more information on STEM to possibly become a blended STEM/ECHS campus.

2.  It needs more information on Associate Degree pathways.    

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

The academy has new teachers this year that are not well-informed on the ECHS model.  Professional development and training is needed to establish greater buy-in into the new ECHS initiative. 

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

The greatest challenge for the academy is improving and replacing the technology they have in place.  It does not have a one-to-one iPad initiative for its students.  They only have five Computers on Wheels (COWs) sets of thirty laptops each for all two hundred and ninety-four students. 

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
Raymondville ECHS utilizes the following innovative instructional strategies:
1. AVID---AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other post-secondary opportunities.
2. School-wide Wicor---WICOR is AVID’s proven learning support structure. It incorporates teaching/learning methods in the critical areas of writing.
3. Binders---Each binder is organized by content courses, Cornell notes, etc.
4. Project based learning---The upper grades utilize PBL more than the lower grades. The academy will encourage its teachers to use this learning strategy.
5. Fundamental 5---This is a framework for the lesson cycle presentation and delivery.
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
The academy is focused on improving and replacing the technology they have in place. It does not have a one-to-one iPad initiative for its students. They only have five Computers on Wheels (COWs) sets of thirty laptops each for all two hundred and ninety-four students. They use Google Classroom that brings in a learning management system and integrates all teaching and learning into one spot. Teachers are issued their own Mac Books, digital projectors, TI N-Spire calculators for their students, doc cameras, and TI 84s. The students are allowed to bring their own devices (BYOD).
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - describe
The academy has not started a well-structured internship program for their freshmen and sophomores. They want to ensure that this is in place for next year's juniors. The Freshmen and sophomores do volunteer through clubs and school organizations. The Criminal Justice Club members visit community places and present. Some students volunteer at the Retama Manor Nursing Home to acquire community service hours.
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 academy has not assembled an Advisory Board. It plans to join the Chamber of Commerce and to attend their monthly meeting and network with STEM-related career professionals. They are generating a plan to recruit community members.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
1. Student Support---For intervention, in-house support is provided through Saturday academies, before and after school tutorials, intervention courses such as KATS Learning for End-of-Course (EOC) review/credit recovery. For enrichment, the academy groups GT students to use Cross Walks.
2. Academic Counseling---The Counselors meet one-on-one with students and parents, meet with the professional learning communities (PLCs) during content, department, and grade level meetings, present at FAFSA Nights, and do classroom presentation in different topics.
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
Teachers attended the AVID Summit in San Antonio to get more training in AVID's writing component---Wicor. The district is school-wide Wicor Writing for all high school grades. It provides professional development days throughout the school year. The administrators take part in the PD planning and take charge of all professional learning communities (PLCs). Consultants from Region One provide training in content areas, especially English Language Arts (ELA).
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
1. The academy does have IB policies or procedures in place.
2. Advanced Placement (AP)---The district adheres to the College Board/state/district policies and procedures. They offer some AP courses.
3. Dual Credit (DC)---Raymondville ISD has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Texas A & M University Kingsville and follows the university's policies and procedures for dual credit.
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
1. The academy does not implement IB.
2. Advanced Placement (AP)---The district offers some AP courses to its ninth and tenth graders.
3. Dual Credit (DC)---Raymondville ISD has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Texas A & M University Kingsville for dual credit.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
The academy hosts "Future ECHS Graduates", an April orientation, for students interested in entering the ECHS. Eighth graders and interested students are given a tour of the ECHS and Counselors present on individual graduation plans and graduation pathways. TAMUK professors present to middle school students and parents. One day is allocated for key staff to go to the middle school campus to recruit students.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
The academy has not started a well-structured internship program for their freshmen and sophomores. They want to ensure that this is in place for next year's juniors. The Freshmen and sophomores do volunteer through clubs and school organizations. The Criminal Justice Club members visit community places and present. Some students volunteer at the Retama Manor Nursing Home to acquire community service hours.
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - describe
The school does not offer effective Capstone Projects to its freshmen and sophomores.
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
Teachers: The academy uses the traditional method of mentoring new teachers by pairing them with experienced teachers. New teachers are placed in professional learning communities in their own content. Administrators also mentor new and experienced teachers.
Students: All students meet with their advisors in weeks two, four, and six during each six weeks. The advisors stay with their students until they graduate.
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - describe
The school offers the following engaging clubs and extra-curricular activities:
Student Council Fellowship of Christian Athletes The Infinite Crew
National Honor Society Anime Club Juntos Club
Gardening Club HOSA Chess Club
Library Club Law Enforcement Art Club
Future Farmers of America Criminal Justice
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

The academy has an MOU with TAMUK.  The professors from Kingsville travel to Raymondville to provide dual credit instruction.  The Raymondville students travel to TAMUK six times per year to experience college culture.

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

The school provides purposeful program pathways:

Endorsements:

1.  STEM---Basic core:  Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science/Systems.

2.  Arts and Humanities---Art I & II, Band, Spanish, History

3.  Multi-Interdisciplinary---Four core:  four years of Science, Math, Englsih Language Arts, and Social Studies

4.  Public Service---Law Enforcement

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

The academy is in the process of recruiting workforce and industry professional to provide internships and job shadowing opportunities.  It only has one partner---Retama Manor Nursing Home---that allows students to volunteer at their facility.

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Target Population' (ECHS)
9
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Partnership Agreement' (ECHS)
8
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)
7
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'School Design' (ECHS)
8
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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)
0
Program 16-17 DC Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
90
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI math (#)
35
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI math (#)
3
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI reading (#)
134
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI reading (#)
23