HOUSTON – March 29, 2017 – Spring Early College Academy received another recognition to go along with its lengthy list of honors and accomplishments since opening in 2011. Recently, the school was named an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction by the national AVID organization. Spring Early College Academy was one of only 104 schools in the nation to receive the recognition.
The honor, in its second year, represents the highest level of AVID implementation fidelity, demonstrating excellence in instructional practice and the promotion of college readiness not just through the AVID program but schoolwide. This elite group of candidate schools represents less than 10 percent of all AVID middle and high schools worldwide.
The school was honored last year as one of only 13 schools in the state to receive the Early College High School Demonstration Site Grant, which provides financial and technical support to high-performing ECHS campuses that are implementing best practices. They also achieved a 100-percent passing rate on three of the five required end-of-course assessments – Biology, English 2, and U.S. History.
ABOUT AVID – AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. Established more than 35 years ago with one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts nearly 1.5 million students in 46 states and 16 other countries/territories.
ABOUT SPRING EARLY COLLEGE ACADEMY – The Spring Early College Academy is available through a partnership between Spring ISD and Lone Star College – North Harris. The academy offers students – grades 9-12 – a rigorous and supportive academic program of study that blends high school and college work with the goal being that students will graduate with a Distinguished High School Diploma and an associate degree or 60 college credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree. It is an opportunity for students, who may not otherwise consider attending college, to earn 12 to 60 college hours free of charge.