Valle Verde Early College High School (VVECHS) is among 11 campuses in Texas – and the only public high school in West Texas – to earn the prestigious Apple Distinguished School designation through 2019 for continuous innovation in learning, teaching, and the school environment.
This is the third consecutive time that VVECHS has won this designation from Apple, a company known worldwide for its popular and innovative products.
This year, only 400 schools in 26 countries earned this designation for serving as centers of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrate Apple’s vision for learning with technology.
Apple officials say its Distinguished Schools program highlights school leaders, faculty, and the extended community for having a clear vision that articulates how their technology-rich environment supports their goals for learning.
School leaders have established elements for continuous innovation to support their school’s vision, including culture, team, capacity, community, finance, and measurement.
VVECHS – and other Apple Distinguished Schools – understand that continuous innovation is an ongoing process that requires thoughtful planning, practice, and iteration along the way, officials said. They use Apple products to inspire student creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking.
This designation is the latest in a series of notable achievements for the 400-student VVECHS, which was also named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School in late September.
It has also been recognized as a Texas Early College High School Demonstration School, and was listed in 2016 as the top-ranked public high school in the El Paso region by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek.
In order to attend VVECHS, students must commit to a rigorous, four-year curriculum in order to graduate with a high-school diploma and an associate’s degree from El Paso Community College.
Through the Apple Distinguished Schools program, VVECHS will not only receive a customized plaque and banner, but support through leadership events, opportunities to engage with experts, and collaboration with peers who share an interest in sustaining an innovative learning and teaching environment.