• PRE-CONFERENCE SITE VISITS

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    (Only Available for Conference Attendees at $175 per attendee)

     

    EARLY COLLEGE SITE VISITS

    PSJA North Early College High School 

    Designated as an Early College High School by the Texas Education Agency in 2010, this school within a school model welcomed its first class in the fall of that year as the district’s second early college high school. With its mission of creating a rigorous and stimulating learning environment, PSJA North ECHS has served as the first comprehensive school within a school model at PSJA ISD. Beginning in 2014, PSJA North ECHS began scaling the early college model school wide due to its successful implementation in previous years. Through its higher education partner, South Texas College, (www.southtexascollege.edu) and with support of Educate Texas (www.edtx.org), over 2000 students at PSJA North ECHS have the opportunity to engage in college preparatory work and are afforded the ability to earn an Associate Degree or up to 60 college hours toward a baccalaureate degree before receiving their high school diploma.

    During your visit to PSJA North ECHS you will be able to:

    1. Explore the School-within a- School Model at PSJA
    2. Learn about the partnership with South Texas College
    3. Tour the campus and speak to ECHS Students

     Suggested Audience: IHE Leadership & Advisement Staff, Campus Leadership, Early College Directors,  & Financial Aid Officers

    PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School

    This revolutionary PSJA ISD high school servicing over 500 students was the first district TEA designated Early College High School specializing in the STEM fields. This Stand-Alone blended STEM ECHS is a school of choice. T. Jefferson T-STEM ECHS opened in August 2008 with its first freshmen class, adding a grade level each year, until it became a full four-year high school. This innovative high school was started as a partnership with South Texas College and was facilitated by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Another key partner in the development of this school has been Educate Texas, a public-private partnership that is a subsidiary of the Greater Texas Foundation.

    During your visit to PSJA T.J. T-STEM ECHS you will be able to:

    1. Explore the systems that support the STEM ECHS Blended model at PSJA
    2. Learn how the College Readiness Department support the ECHS
    3. Tour the campus and speak to ECHS Students

    Suggested Audience: ECHS Leadership, STEM Faculty & Staff, & IHE Counselors

    PSJA Early College High School

    Designated as an Early College High School by the Texas Education Agency in 2014, this school within a school model welcomed its first class of 250- 9th grade students in the Fall of 2014, becoming the first comprehensive High School in the district to exceed the average 125 student cohort. As part of the district wide Early College model scale up and successful model implementation in the Fall, the Texas Education Agency granted PSJA ECHS request to add an additional 150 -10th grade students in February 2015. Through its higher education partner, South Texas College, (www.southtexascollege.edu) and with support from Educate Texas (www.edtx.org) working together, PSJA ECHS champions the policies and programs that will help students succeed in their postsecondary endeavors and career goals.  In 2015-2016, accepting all entering 9th grade students into the Early College High School, over 1000 students at PSJA ECHS blend high school and college curricula simultaneously to engage in college preparatory work and affording them the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree or earn up to 60 college hours toward a baccalaureate degree.

    During your visit to PSJA ECHS you will be able to:

    1. Explore the School-within a-School Model Scale-up at PSJA
    2. Learn about the partnership with South Texas College
    3. Tour the campus and speak to ECHS Students

     Suggested Audience: IHE Leadership & Advisement Staff, Campus Leadership, Early College Directors,  & Financial Aid Officers

    Liberty Middle School

    Liberty Middle School is a Dual Language and International Baccalaureate campus that services 995 6th through 8th graders that feed into an Early College High School.   Liberty Middle School students are involved in a rigorous course of study and extra-curricular activities that enhance their middle school experiences and prepare them for early college high school and beyond.

    During your visit to Liberty MS you will be able to:

    1. Explore the MS programs that PSJA has in place to prepare students for ECHS
    2. Learn about the systems counselors have in place to ensure student success in high school
    3. Tour the campus and speak to middle school students

     Suggested Audience: ECHS Leadership, MS Leadership & Counselors

     

    PARENTAL SITE VISIT

    Bowie Parent/Community Education Center

    The PSJA Parental Engagement Program’s objective is to achieve student success by engaging parents as partners/volunteers in their child’s education. With this in mind, parents are invited to continue their education through Adult Literacy classes (GED, ESL, Citizenship, Computers, Entrepreneurship Pathway, etc.) at Parent/Community Education Centers situated in various neighborhoods of the school district. Seven centers are fully staffed to meet the needs of the students providing both morning and evening classes. Centers also host community and social service agencies on a rotating basis to assist parents with personal or professional needs.  

    During your visit to Bowie Parent/Community Education Center you will be able to:

    1. Explore strategies on how to engage parents into the programs
    2. Learn about how to establish community partnerships for student success
    3. View the process for establishing a school/community center

     Suggested Audience: District Leaders, Central Office Leadership, Community Based Organizations, & Funders

     

    BACK-0N-TRACK SITE VISIT

    PSJA College, Career & Technology Academy

    Opened in the fall of 2007, CCTA serves students close to graduation, lacking five or less high school credits or (state mandated) exit exams. The school provides high quality educational opportunities that will prepare students to succeed in a post-secondary institution or high skilled career. PSJA ISD partnered with South Texas College to open this college-connected dropout recovery campus. The goal of the campus was to assist former dropouts and non-completers finish their high school requirements for graduation.

    CCTA allows students to simultaneously take college coursework as they complete their high school requirements for graduation. This approach is unique because it provides students with embedded interventions along with an accelerated instructional setting, so students can attain all requirements necessary for success.

    The school was officially designated a CTE Early College campus in early 2015. This approach helps young people experience themselves as college students rather than high school dropouts.

     During your visit to CCTA CTE ECHS you will be able to:

    1. Explore the systems and pathways that PSJA has in place for Highly At-Risk Students
    2. Learn about the policies that have impacted CCTA
    3. Tour the campus and speak to CCTA students about their experiences

     Suggested Audience: Central Office Leadership, Policy Makers, Principals, CTE Leadership & Counselors

     

    DUAL LANGUAGE EARLY COLLEGE SITE VISIT

    PSJA Southwest Early College High School

    PSJA Southwest Early College High School is a TEA designated early college high school implementing the comprehensive school wide model in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District and one of a select few in the state. Over 1700 students attending PSJA Southwest Early College High School have the opportunity to attain an Associate’s Degree and 60 or more college hours toward a baccalaureate degree from our higher education partner (South Texas College) before receiving their high school diploma. PSJA Southwest ECHS is considered the flagship high school for the PSJA ISD Dual Language program because it has the largest number and the largest percentage of Dual Language high school students served, not only in the district, but in the state. In 2014-2015, PSJA Southwest provided DL instruction to 550 students representing about 31% of its student population. The school provides the widest variety of high school and college level dual language courses delivered entirely in Spanish by more than 20 Dual Language teachers and college professors. PSJA Southwest Dual Language Students have an outstanding record of academic performance. In 2014-2015, about 80% of the students ranked in Top 10% were Dual Language students even though less than 30% of the 12th grade population was in the program. The PSJA Dual Language Enrichment Program is expanding and is expected to serve about 65% of the PSJA Southwest student population by 2018.

    During your visit to PSJA Southwest ECHS you will be able to:

    1. Explore the ECHS Comprehensive school wide Model
    2. Learn about the Dual Language Model being implemented at a secondary campus
    3. Tour the campus and speak to ECHS DL Students

    Suggested Audience: Dual Language Leadership, Early College Directors,  & Central Office Leadership

     

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