MECHS was nominated for the Exemplary High-Performing School category and was previously designated as a national Blue Ribbon School in 2012. | Photo courtesy SISD
Socorro Independent School District’s Mission Early College High School (MECHS) and Canutillo ISD’s Northwest Early College High School (NWECHS) have been nominated by the Texas Education Agency for national 2018 Blue Ribbon School honors.
For 2018, MECHS was nominated for the Exemplary High-Performing School category. The school was the first early college high school to open in the El Paso region and was previously designated as a national Blue Ribbon School in 2012.
Canutillo ISD’s Northwest Early College High School (NWECHS), also nominated in the Exemplary High-Performing category, has earned a list of accolades as the school celebrates its 10-year anniversary.
“This nomination is truly a defining moment in my career as an educator. We have made such progress here and have impacted so many student lives. I could not be more proud of the work that we do; work that could not be accomplished without the dedication of a wonderful faculty and staff”, said Tracy Speaker-Gerstheimer, Principal at Northwest Early College High School
In addition to SISD and CISDs’ nominations, the Texas Education Agency announced the nomination of 24 other Texas public schools for national 2018 Blue Ribbon Schools recognition.
“Northwest and Mission Early College High Schools continue to set the standard for early college high schools, not only in our region and the state, but nationwide.” Tonie Badillo, EPCC Dean of Dual Credit and Early College High Schools said. “We are very proud of their achievement in being named Blue Ribbon Schools nominees.”
Each nominated school has an economically disadvantaged population of 39 percent or greater.
The nominated schools must now complete a rigorous application process through the U.S. Department of Education. Announcements of the national award winners will be made in September 2018. Schools that receive the award are recognized at the Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The nominated schools in Texas (by district or charter) for 2018 include:
Exemplary High-Performing Schools
- Alief Montessori Community School – Alief Montessori Community School (Houston)
- Canutillo ISD – Northwest Early College High School
- Devers ISD – Devers Elementary School
- Houston ISD (3) – Challenge Early College High School; Debakey High School for Health Professions; East Early College High School
- La Joya ISD – Jimmy Carter Early College High School
- Mercedes ISD – Mercedes Early College
- Mumford ISD – Mumford Elementary School
- Socorro ISD – Mission Early College High School
- Valley View ISD (2) – Valley View Elementary School; Valley View South Elementary School
- Walcott ISD – Walcott Elementary School
Exemplary Achievement-Gap-Closing Schools
- Arrow Academy – Arrow Academy-Liberation Academy (Meadows Place)
- Edinburg CISD (2) – Anne L. Magee Elementary School; Hargill Elementary School
- Golden Rule Charter School – Golden Rule School-Sunnyside Campus (Dallas)
- Harlingen CISD – Dishman Elementary School
- Hidalgo ISD – J.C Kelly Elementary School
- IDEA Public Schools – IDEA Mission Academy (Mission)
- Lamar CISD – Jackson Elementary School
- Laredo ISD – J. Kawas Elementary School
- Nacogdoches ISD – Nettie Marshall Academy of Dual Language
- Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (2) – Carmen Anaya Elementary School; Cesar Chavez Elementary School
- Robstown ISD – San Pedro Elementary School
Founded in 1982, Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program that recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where exemplary progress has been made toward closing achievement gaps among subpopulations while maintaining high achievement levels among all students.