Award Year: 2015

North Houston Early College High School

99 Lyerly Street
Houston, TX, 77022-3007

(713) 696-6168

Ms. Angela Lundy-Jackson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School

Houston Independent School District

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Mission

Our mission is to prepare every student for his / her tomorrow today.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • Hispanic: 92%
  • Asian: 1%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
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Annual Rose Ceremony honoring teachers and freshman students

Annual Rose Ceremony honoring teachers and freshman students

“To whom much is given much is required.” At first glance, it would seem like this principle does not apply to the students at North Houston Early College High School (NHECHS). In fact, it is difficult to see what has been “given” to those who attend this school. However, on closer inspection one can see the opportunities which have been given to our students. NHECHS students have a scholarship which provides two years of tuition-free college, free books, and a plethora of educational opportunities. They participate in shadowing opportunities, STEM camps, college visits, trips, and fact finding explorations all for free. In turn, we have instilled into our students the necessity of serving others.

This lesson is one that our students internalized. In fact, the principle is built into our curriculum. Incoming freshmen are told that by the end of their senior year, they will have to perform at least 400 hours of community service. During the first three years, the students find and make their own opportunities to give back. When they become seniors, however, the Senior Research class is a mandate in which they can fulfill the remainder of the hours.

Our students become treasured volunteers hosting blood drives, tutoring students, volunteering at senior centers, the SPCA, the Ronald McDonald House, and Houston area food banks. Indicative of our school mission, “Your Tomorrow Begins Today,” exit surveys suggest that service has continued beyond graduation and that our students are left feeling fulfilled, motivated, and encouraged to continue the work.