Award Year: 2018
Northwest Early College High School
6701 S. Desert Boulevard
El Paso, TX, 79932-8501
Ms. Tracy Speaker-Gerstheimer, Principal at time of Nomination
Title I School, Choice School
Canutillo Independent School District
Promote a highly rigorous environment to ensure that students earn a high school diploma as well as a two year degree from El Paso Community College.
- Black/African American: 3%
- White: 9%
- Hispanic: 85%
- Asian: 1%
- Native American: 1%
- Two or more races: 1%
- ELL: 3%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 56%
Northwest Early College High School (NWECHS) proudly serves students from Canutillo Independent School District, a small community that is part of El Paso County, Texas. By targeting students who are not normally represented in the university setting, we make a measurable impact on our community.
We are located on the campus of El Paso Community College, as such, students earn both a high school diploma and a two year college degree simultaneously. Our success is attributed to continual focus on college readiness. We begin to support students and their college ambitions in eighth grade through a summer bridge program. Students enter the program in ninth grade and are prepared to tackle college-level course work at every step of the way.
The core curriculum is carefully organized to build college readiness and to provide personalized support for each student's career path. Our school requires a strong foundation in math, science, and verbal and written communication skills. Another element that leads to our success is our school culture. We engage and motivate students by creating a culture of acceptance and by offering a variety of ways to enrich student lives. NWECHS teachers believe in this vision and this belief permeates and fuels the school's atmosphere. We set high expectations and we find ways to support students so they meet them. We cultivate fantastic teachers who care about students. We are a family; families pull together when a problem arises, and most importantly, families do not give up on each other.