Texas Schools Excelling at Preparing College- and Career-Ready Students
Texas High Performance Schools Consortium and Consortium Associate districts are leading the way in preparing students who are college- and career-ready — students who are prepared for life, for pursuing further education, for taking the first steps on their career paths, and recognizing all options open to them. See what college and career readiness looks like in these districts.
More Amarillo ISD students than ever are enrolling in post-secondary education. In 2014-15, Caprock High School took an innovative approach to getting students excited about college by working with each senior student until 100 percent of the Class of 2015 had applied to a post-secondary education program. In 2015-16, Caprock and other Amarillo ISD campuses expanded their reach to not only get students applying to post-secondary education programs, but actually registering them for classes and making sure they've applied for financial aid. Learn more. Also, more than 300 Amarillo ISD students — a number that has doubled in the last five years — earned professional certifications, along with their high school diplomas, in 2015-16. All district high schools offer certification opportunities that align with the state’s career and technical education (CTE) endorsement requirements for high school graduates. These include software certifications in fields like architecture, engineering, and graphic design, metalworking and welding certifications, and ServSafe — the restaurant industry standard for food safety and handling. Certifications in allied health careers enable students to work as EMTs, certified nursing or medical assistants, or certified EKG technicians, right out of high school. Learn more.
Clear Creek ISD
The computer tech classes at Clear Falls High School prepare students for careers in computer maintenance and repair with hands-on learning.
The district’s auto tech program, which includes an internship component, helps prepare students for careers as auto technicians by providing real-world experience.
In 2012, DeKalb ISD decided to make changes so that it would better equip students for their futures. A committee of administrators, parents, students, and community members conducted a needs assessment that birthed a new vision for DeKalb ISD - a vision that ALL students would have the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century. The DeKalb Class of 2014 boasts 100% College and Career Ready Graduates (2014-15 TAPR).
The Westlake Business Incubator course is designed to get students excited about becoming true entrepreneurs by giving them the opportunity to create and fully develop their own product or service. Real-world entrepreneurs and business experts serve as coaches and mentors guiding student teams through the process of ideation, market research, and business plan development.
In September 2015, Newsweek ranked Early College High School in Harlingen CISD as one of the top high schools in the nation in its “Beating the Odds 2015” list, coming in at number 84 on the list of 500 public high schools across the U.S. for their outstanding efforts in preparing students for college while also overcoming the obstacles posed by students at an economic disadvantage. Learn more.
Lake Travis ISD
ChickTech: High School is a yearlong program that introduces high school girls to different aspects of careers in technology. It is designed to inspire them to pursue careers in the technology and computer science fields. Thirteen Lake Travis High School girls attended the kickoff of the Austin Chapter of ChickTech inaugural program in November 2016 at Google. Learn more about the program.
Starfish Café provides opportunities for students with disabilities to gain the much needed employability skills necessary to allow them to compete with their non-disabled peers for competitive paid employment in the community. The supportive environment of Starfish Café creates a safe place for students with a wide variety of ability levels to work on developing their soft skills, such as appropriate workplace behaviors, communication skills and technical skills. The vision of LISD is that “All of our students enjoy thriving, productive lives in a future they create.” The core belief behind LISD’s Strategic Design directly supports the foundational programming of Starfish Café.
Prosper ISD is giving a team of high school students the opportunity to try their hand at comedy with a student-run TV show launched in September as part of the school's scholastic broadcast program. "The Mid Morning After 10, But Still Just Before Lunch Show" has even caught the attention of talk-show host Stephen Colbert, who invited the student team and its adviser Brian Kennedy to New York to visit his set and learn more about how his show is produced. Learn more in this Dallas Morning News article.
Roscoe Collegiate ISD
The goal of the Roscoe Collegiate P-20 System Model for Student Success, which includes a STEM Academy and Early College High School, is to develop a collaborative, sustainable, and replicable model for breaking the generational poverty cycle through higher education, while supplying critical agricultural STEM workforce shortage areas that will be critical to meeting the daunting challenge of feeding and clothing 9 billion people on the planet by 2050. Find more detail in this slide presentation. Learn more in this video:
Round Rock ISD
Round Rock ISD’s career and technical education program is based on the belief that the curricula of the 21st century should combine rigorous academics with relevant career education. Programs of Study (POS) have been developed for each of the 16 federally defined Career Clusters of the States’ Career Clusters initiative. A Career Cluster is a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on commonalities. The POS represent a recommended sequence of coursework based on a student’s interest or career goal. Learn more. And watch this video on one of the many programs available to RRISD students.
96% of Roscoe Collegiate ISD Class of 2017 Graduate with Associate Degrees
On May 5, 2017, 27 of 28 members of the Roscoe Collegiate ISD (RCISD) senior class graduated from Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas, with associate degrees — two weeks before they crossed the high school graduation stage in Roscoe.
Already a state and national leader in college and career readiness as an Early College/STEM Academy, RCISD continues to elevate the standard. In the nine years since becoming an Early College, the number of students graduating with associate degrees has grown exponentially, starting with one the first year.