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Clint ISD Early College Academy nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Officials with Clint Independent School District announced Tuesday that Clint ISD Early College Academy has been named to the U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best High Schools for the fourth consecutive year.

The Clint ISD Early College Academy is the number one ranked traditional high school in the El Paso area according to the list. The school is ranked number two in the El Paso Metro area for all schools next to Harmony Science Academy, a charter school.

Clint ISD Early College Academy, led by Principal Edmond Martinez, has 320 students enrolled in grades 9 to 12 who can earn both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree from El Paso Community College upon graduation.

All Clint ISD Early College Rankings:

#442 in National Rankings

#66 in Texas High Schools

#2 in El Paso, TX Metro Area High Schools

#1 in Clint ISD High Schools

According to U.S. News, the 2020 Best High School rankings include data on more than 24,000 public high schools nationwide. The list includes nearly 18,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Out of 2,075 high schools in Texas, there are 1,485 Texas schools recognized in the rankings.

The schools were ranked on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates. Specifically, college readiness measures participation and performance on Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.

In addition to the national rankings, U.S. News & World Report has also published rankings by state, metro area and school district. Only metro areas and school districts with three or more high schools were included in these sub-rankings.

Clint ISD Early College Academy has received recognition by honors by other organizations as well.

The school was selected by technology giant, Microsoft, to participate in a partnership to develop advanced computer science programs for students. The Technology, Education and Literacy in Schools, or TEALS, program is in its third year at Clint ISD Early College Academy this school year. The school joins more than 500 schools in 27 states across the country that are participating in the TEALS program

Clint ISD Early College Academy was also selected as a Texas Honor Roll School for the last four consecutive years. The school was named to the 2018 -2019 Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll for its high achievement and student success.

The program, sponsored by the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE), is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. CECA is one of 729 public schools in Texas to be recognized.

Clint ISD, Fabens ISD expand Dual Credit Programs thanks to CREEED Investment

On Friday, officials with the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) awarded a total of $42,000 to the Clint Independent School District and the Fabens Independent School District, gifts that will expand each districts’ dual credit programs and improve their student educational attainment.

The Accelerated Certification of Teachers El Paso (ACT El Paso) scholarship fund, established by CREEED in 2015, helps high school teachers complete the prerequisites and gain the credentials needed to teach dual credit courses.

“CREEED is focused on increasing the number of students enrolled in dual credit courses, so we’re investing in districts across El Paso. The earlier we can prepare students for college, the more successful they will be in earning their degrees,” said Richard A. Castro, Chairman of CREEED.

“We also want to alleviate some of the financial burden that teachers face when they enroll in these certification programs, especially as their studies ultimately benefit El Paso’s students.”

Clint ISD was awarded $22,000 in scholarships for 11 teachers. This money will help grow the district’s current roster of dual credit credentialed teachers to 43.

Prior to receiving its first ACT El Paso grant in 2015, Clint had no dual credit credentialed teachers, and certification students who wanted to enroll in dual credit courses had to take classes online.  Today, 199 Clint ISD students are taking dual credit courses at Clint, Horizon, and  Mountain View High Schools.

“CREEED’s Dual Credit partnership has helped Clint ISD enormously, allowing us to offer our students a more comprehensive program that prepares them for their post-secondary education. Providing our students with college credit while still in high school helps them make the most of their time here,” said Clint ISD Superintendent Dr. Juan Martinez. “We appreciate CREEED’s investments in our community and its future.”

The $20,000 grant awarded to Fabens ISD will support 10 teachers, six of whom will use the money to complete graduate courses in order to become credentialed to teach dual credit courses.

The additional four scholarships were awarded to teachers who are completing alternative Texas teaching certification programs to further enhance their classroom skills and allow them to teach courses for both high school and college credit. These teachers include former and current instructors at El Paso Community College and UTEP.

Fabens ISD currently has 188 students enrolled in dual credit courses. “We’re working diligently to increase that number,” said Dr. Veronica Vijil, Fabens ISD Superintendent. “Our district works hard to ensure we give our teachers all the support and training they need to enhance their instructional skills.  With help from CREEED, we’re closer to accomplishing that goal.”

Dual credit enrollment in El Paso is climbing. Since 2015, the number of students taking dual credit courses has increased from 4,725 to 7,811 students, a 65 percent increase.

“These are promising numbers for the future of our region,” said Castro. “The studies show that 65 percent of all new jobs by 2020 will require some training and education beyond high school. In order to ensure economic prosperity for the El Paso region, we have an obligation to prepare our students for success.”

Access to these advanced courses gives students a head start on their post-secondary education.  The likelihood that a student will complete a postsecondary degree program within four years increases significantly if they complete 16 hours of dual credit courses before graduating high school.

Additionally, college credits earned through high school dual credit courses are at no cost to the student, lowering the overall cost of college tuition.

“We want all our students, regardless of their economic background, to be college and career-ready by the time they graduate high school, so they can successfully enroll in and complete a post-secondary degree program without remediation,” said CREEED Executive Director Eddie Rodriguez. “The more credentialed  teachers we have across El Paso, the more dual credit courses we will be able to offer our students and get them ready for college.”

To learn more about CREEED’s ACT El Paso scholarship, click here.

Socorro, Clint ISD Teachers Named 2018 Region 19 Teachers of the Year

Leading the way, Christina Luna-Castaños and Luis C. Luna, strive to elevate the role of teachers because teaching – is the most important profession. It influences all other professions.

Both educators received the region’s highest teaching honor for their ability to inspire their students at an award ceremony at the El Paso Convention Center on Saturday, July 22.

Luna-Castaños, a fifth grade teacher at Purple Heart Elementary in the Socorro Independent School District was named Elementary Teacher of the Year. And Luna, a History teacher at Clint Junior High in the Clint Independent School District was named Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Through this recognition, Luna-Castaños aims to represent and be the voice for many students and fellow teachers.

“Our passion is to find the meaningful joys in teaching. When we shed the light on all the positive things happening in education, promising teachers will be drawn to our profession,” said Luna-Castaños. “By attracting those aspiring individuals called to our profession, we can all better shape the future of our society.”

As for Luna, he takes this opportunity to guide and enlighten other educators.

“Our profession calls for us to be teachers, counselors, mothers, fathers, motivators, listeners, and coaches,” said Luna. “Teachers impact students’ lives every day. We must motivate our students and peers to be the best. Teachers are like coaches of the NBA, NFL, MLB; we coach our athletes to win the ultimate championship.”

Luna-Castaños and Luna advance to compete for the Texas Teacher of the Year title in Austin, Texas on September 15.

In addition to the Region 19 top two educators, 20 District Teachers of the Year were also honored.

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