Award Year: 2014

Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr. Early College High School at El Centro

701 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75202-5491

(214) 860-2356

Mr. Michael H. St. Ama, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Choice School

Dallas Independent School District

School Website


Lassiter Early College High School challenges students to achieve academic excellence while promoting their personal, intellectual, social, and ethical growth.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 18%
  • White: 4%
  • Hispanic: 74%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • ELL: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Lassiter Early College High School at El Centro College

Lassiter Early College High School at El Centro College

Each and every day, Lassiter Early College High School fully commits to providing an exceptional education to its young scholars so they may fulfill their dreams and be prepared to experience the diverse opportunities that life has to offer. The school's success can be attributed to the emphasis on two key elements: campus culture, and quality instruction. The faculty and staff combine their efforts to create a nurturing environment in which all students feel valued, wanted, and safe. The minds of our young scholars are primed for learning.

Lassiter ECHS embraces the diversity of its students; the majority of which are first-generation college students. Our daily work reflects one of our core beliefs that, with our help, at risk students can achieve at the same rate as non-at risk students. The staff of the school provides large measures of support, mentoring and advising students as they learn how to manage new-found independence and high academic demands. The small size of our campus allows faculty members to support students’ college coursework through tutoring, skill enrichment, and the kinds of relationships that motivate students to do great work. Those relationships create a family atmosphere, enhanced by close friendships and select activities that supplement students’ academic lives.

Our young scholars exhibit a desire to go to college and make a commitment to being successful in college. In 2014, 44 out of 49 graduating seniors earned their Associates Degree. The tremendous community of students, staff, parents and partners help to create this college-going culture.