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5 Valle Verde ECHS Students Named National QuestBridge Finalists

Congratulations are in order as five Valle Verde Early College High School Spartans were named national QuestBridge Finalists.

Spartans Cynthia Bautista, Daniel Burris, Katelyn Johnson, Daniel Lara, and German Martinez were named a 2017 QuestBridge Finalists earlier this week.

This year, out of 15,606 applications, 5,759 students were selected as National College Match Finalists.

QuestBridge is a non-profit organization which connects the nation’s brightest students from low-income backgrounds with leading institutions of higher education.

Questbridge seeks academically stellar students who have demonstrated a level of academic achievement that meets admissions standards of highly competitive colleges.   These students are those in the top 5-10% of their class, have mostly A’s in the most rigorous classes available, and have strong standardized test scores.

Recently, Valle Verde ECHS was recognized as an Apple Distinguished School by Apple, a Demonstration Early High School by Texas Education Agency, one of America’s Best High Schools by US News and World Report and one of America’s Best High Schools serving low-income students by Newsweek Magazine for the third consecutive year.

Texas Education Agency Recognizes EPCC’s Valle Verde ECHS

AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency, working with Education Service Center Region 13 in Austin, today announced that Early College High School (ECHS) Demonstration Site grants have been awarded to 13 campuses across the state.

The ECHS Demonstration Site Grant provides financial and technical support to high-performing ECHS campuses that are implementing defined best practices.

ECHS demonstration site campuses will provide mentoring, technical assistance, webinars and open house opportunities to new and prospective ECHS school leaders. The selected ECHS demonstration sites will also share best practices content through the ECHS website and regional and statewide conferences.

The 13 campuses have been designated as ECHS demonstration sites for the grant period of April 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017. Campuses eligible for funding were required to have been a Texas Education Agency-designated ECHS for at least four years (with a graduated class) and be at an exemplar level in at least three domains of the ECHS Blueprint.

To learn more about early college high schools, visit the Texas Education Agency website athttp://tea.texas.gov/curriculum/echs/

Campuses designated as ECHS demonstration sites (listed by school district) are:

 Aldine ISD – Victory Early College High School

 Bryan ISD – Bryan Collegiate High School

 Comal ISD – Memorial Early College High School with St. Phillip’s

 Corpus Christi ISD – Collegiate High School

 Dallas ISD – Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School

 Humble ISD – Quest Early College High School

 Pasadena ISD – Pasadena Early College High School

 Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (2) – PSJA North Early College High School;

   PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School

 Roscoe Collegiate ISD – Roscoe Collegiate High School

 Spring ISD – Early College Academy at Southridge

 Taylor ISD – Legacy Early College High School

 Ysleta ISD – Valle Verde Early College High School

Valle Verde Early College High School honored by Newsweek

For the second year in a row, Valle Verde Early College High School was included on Newsweek’s America’s Top High Schools For Low-Income Students list.

Newsweek’s study looked at over 16,000 schools and ranked VVECHS number #39 nationally. Transmountain ECHS in El Paso ISD was also on the list at #3 and Northwest ECHS in Canutillo ISD was ranked #271. No other schools in El Paso County (public or charter) made the list.

District officials say, “These recognitions are a testament to the hard work of the students and faculty of VVECHS over the past 8 years and the support of the YISD administration and the board of trustees.”

Additionally, Valle Verde ECHS and Northwest ECHS were the ONLY two schools in El Paso County that were included on BOTH lists from Newsweek and US News and World Report.

Author: Ysleta ISD/ Staff reports

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