Burges to be come Early College High School
El Paso, TX (EPISD) — Freshman entering Burges High School this fall will have the opportunity to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree from El Paso Community College. TEA preliminarily approved Burges High School’s application to be designated as an early college high school for the 2014-15 school year.
“I'm excited for our community and for what this opportunity will mean for our students,” said Burges Principal Dr. Randall Woods. “This preliminary approval from TEA gives us a chance to engage our community and build something very special together.”
The approval is pending completion of technical assistance activities in the spring and the submission of a final, signed memorandum of understanding with El Paso Community College.
As an early college high school, Burges will be able to offer students an opportunity to earn enough college credits to receive an associate’s degree before graduating from high school. This opportunity is made possible through a partnership with EPCC and UTEP’s Collaborative for Academic Excellence.
“El Paso Community College is excited to partner with El Paso Independent School District on what will be EPCC's seventh Early College High School, Burges High School,” said EPCC President Dr. William Serrata. “This will be a Comprehensive Early College High School and will provide the challenge to scale the proven and innovative practices to a large high school. Over the coming months we, EPCC and EPISD, will work collaboratively with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to ensure that we are prepared to successfully launch Burges Early College High School for the Fall 2014 term.”
As a comprehensive early college high school, Burges students will have the opportunity to take advantage of dual credit classes and continue to take part in traditional high school activities such as athletics and fine arts.