Rams Early College, the Socorro Independent School District’s newest early college program, is one of only 16 schools in Texas to be designated as an Early College High School for 2016-2017 by the Texas Education Agency.
Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced the Early College High School designations in a press release. With the designation, the Rams Early College, which will be housed at Montwood High School, is set to open for the 2016-2017 school year.
“We are thrilled to receive this designation as it signifies the opening of another wonderful program for our students,” said Montwood High School Principal Rosa Mireles-Menchaca. “Rams Early College High School will have a great, positive impact on our students.”
Rams Early College will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and give students the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree in science concurrent with their high school diploma. Eighth-graders in the Montwood feeder area may apply to the program.
“The TEA’s approval of Rams Early College energizes our continuous efforts to prepare all students for college, careers and beyond,” said SISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “We are proud to open a third Early College High School in Team SISD in partnership with El Paso Community College. It will give students more options and preparation for a successful future.”
Rams Early College will have 135 students in its first cohort. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony in collaboration with El Paso Community College is scheduled for June 7 at Montwood High School.