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