Clint Early College Academy Provides Unique Opportunity
by Laura Cade
Clint ISD, in partnership with El Paso Community College, The Greater Texas Foundation, the Meadows Foundation and Educate Texas, opened the doors to the Clint Early College Academy in August and also launched the District’s “College for All” initiative. The Greater Texas Foundation and the Meadows Foundation provided the funding to establish the new school and initiative.
The Clint Early College Academy will give students the unique opportunity to attend both high school and college in a special campus environment that will challenge students to excel in their academic and personal endeavors. The students will have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma as well as a two-year Associate’s Degree upon graduation.
The goal of the “College for All” initiative is to give all Clint ISD high school students the opportunity to graduate high school with at least 12-15 hours of college credit. The Clint Early College Academy will be a model campus for the rest of the district. Teaching practices which promote a rigorous curriculum and higher learning will be shared and used in the District’s three high schools. Also, teachers will undertake many professional development opportunities to understand how to create a college ready environment and utilize teaching strategies which promote college readiness.
The first cohort of 115 students was selected from among nearly 160 applicants from across the District. The students submitted applications and were interviewed by a committee before being invited to attend the new school.
The students attended a two week orientation during the summer to get acquainted with their teachers and classmates. Student Council elections were held during this time along with team projects and team building activities.
The Clint Early College Academy is located in the building that was formerly Clint Junior High School. Clint Junior High School is now located in the former Clint High School building.