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SAISD to open second early college high school

SAISD to open second early college high school

St. Philip’s-based school to offer up to 60 hours of college credit, as well as paths to certifications and licensures

April 15, 2014 - The San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees last night approved a memorandum of understanding with Alamo Colleges to open a second early college high school, giving even more students the opportunity to earn up to two years of college credit or an associate degree while in high school – at no cost to students or their families.  The District’s application to the Texas Education Agency for the new school was approved in January.

SAISD plans to open the early college high school in August on the St. Philip’s College campus, located in east San Antonio at 1801 Martin Luther King. It will be SAISD’s second early college high school, with Travis Early College High School having opened in 2008 in partnership with San Antonio College.

SAISD students will be housed full time at St. Philip’s College, where they will take both their high school and college classes. Along with the ability to earn up to 60 hours of college credit, students will also have the opportunity to earn certifications in high-demand career fields such as Information Technology and Automotive Technology.

The District has been recruiting 8th-graders who live within SAISD boundaries for the inaugural freshman class, and expects approximately 100 students. A class will be added each year through the 12th grade.  Next year the District will explore the possibility of expanding eligibility to students throughout Bexar County.

Students will be able to pursue an associate of arts, associate of science or associate of applied science degree while they earn their high school diploma, giving them a seamless transition to a public 4-year college or university to further their studies or enter the workforce. 

“What a great moment in time for the San Antonio Independent School District,” Superintendent Dr. Sylvester Perez said. “The new St. Philip’s Early College High School is further proof of our dedication to offer the students of SAISD choice. We are thankful to Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie and St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston for their efforts in making this a reality.”

SAISD has seen great success with its first early college high school, Travis. It was rated Exemplary by the Texas Education Agency each year under the former state accountability system and earned all three distinction designations awarded by the state in 2013 under the new accountability system. It graduated its first class in 2012. This year, Travis enrolled its largest freshman class since opening.

"We are excited to have this opportunity to build on the success we have achieved as a result of our partnership with SAISD in Travis Early College High School," said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. "Early college high schools, which offer free college credit classes to high school students, are one of the many innovative strategies that we are pursuing to make college a reality for more students in our community," he added."

The St. Philip’s College family welcomes the opportunity to provide San Antonio Independent School District students with the essential core foundation for the college education that they will need to compete in the global economy,” said St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston. “Our faculty are ready to make our higher education experiences theirs by equipping them with the necessary two-year transfer degree requirements, workforce skills and the inspiration to pursue their bachelor's degree," Loston said.

Early College High Schools are considered to be one of the most innovative high school programs in the country – and today there are more than 240 of these specialized schools across the nation.


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Superintendent Dr. Sylvester Perez and Trustees Ed Garza and Art Valdez commemorate the approval of an MOU for the St. Philip’s College Early College High School in a signing ceremony.

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