Rams Early College High School will be housed at Montwood High School and will give students the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree in science. It will be open to students from the Montwood feeder area. The focus of the four-year curriculum will be on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
“We are so excited about the opportunity that is being provided to our kids,” said Montwood Principal Rosa Mireles-Menchaca. “It will give students a chance to pursue post-secondary education while still in high school.”
The program gives SISD the distinction of having the most early college high schools in the El Paso area, said Margie Nelson Rodriguez, the Early College High School Coordinator for El Paso Community College.
“SISD has the most because of the momentum and commitment from Superintendent José Espinoza and from EPCC President William Serrata,” Nelson Rodriguez said.
The Ram program is one of 45 early college high schools sanctioned by the state. It is expected to have about 135 students in its first cohort.
Currently, SISD has two other programs. Socorro Early College opened this school year and Mission Early College High School began in 2005.
Early college high schools are innovative schools that allow students an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and either an associate’s degree or at least 60 college credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree. It offers dual credit courses at no cost to students, rigorous instruction and accelerated courses, and academic and social support services to ensure students succeed.