EL PASO — Some educators from Knoxville, Tennessee paid a visit to the borderland Friday, hoping to learn a few things from a school here in El Paso.
Mission Early College High School was recently named a National Blue Ribbon school and is one of the highest performing schools in the state of Texas.
The educators from Knoxville are forming their own early college high school and say they came to El Paso because it has a reputation for being one of the best in the country.
"I think what I'm taking away the most is how creative this set up is. How it's not like a traditional high school and yet it's extremely rigorous. I don't think I recognized how rigorous the project was," said Daphne Odom, of Knoxville County Schools.
"The early college idea is such a powerful thing for students especially at risk, extremely disadvantaged, underserved populations," she said. "It's such a great project and we can share the wealth and have these types of programs set up all across the country i think it's a good thing."
Early college high schools blend high school and college curriculum to try and save families money. The program is rigorous, but the graduation rate at mission early college high school fluctuates between 95 and one hundred percent.