Award Year: 2020

Transmountain Early College High School

9570 Gateway North Boulevard
El Paso, TX, 79924-6800

(915) 236-5000

Ms. Barbara Brinkley-Lopez, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Choice School

EL Paso Independent School District

School Website


ALL Transmountain Early College High School (TMECHS) graduates will have the skills and confidence needed to successfully transition to a 4-year university, a work setting in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related fields, or military service. To this end, TMECHS will provide a STEM-focused curriculum, while incorporating numerous creative arts opportunities, and the opportunity to earn an associate degree from El Paso Community College within four years of high school.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 12%
  • Hispanic: 78%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 2%
TMECHS Class of 2020 Photo

TMECHS Class of 2020 Photo

Transmountain Early College High School (TMECHS) is a dual enrollment school partnered with El Paso Community College (EPCC) located in far west Texas. TMECHS's curriculum maintains a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math as future career fields for our graduates. TMECHS offers a wide range of fine arts courses to complement and balance students' schedules and to foster additional interests and creativity. Indeed, TMECHS is the only school of its kind in El Paso County to graduate 90% of students earning EPCC's Associate of Science degree upon high school graduation. An additional 5% of graduates earn an Associate of Arts, while graduates making up the remaining 5% earn up to 60 college hours.

TMECHS prides itself on being an academically oriented, safe school with high expectations for all students. These expectations extend beyond academics by addressing our students' social-emotional growth as well. Campus faculty celebrate individuality and voice, yet also promote collaboration and community among students. TMECHS boasts a 100% high school graduation rate, largely due to the campus' family-like culture. As the principal asserts, "We are all members of the TMECHS family, all students and employees. Each and every member is important, and we will not let even one of you fall through the cracks."

Experiential learning activities are widely embedded in TMECHS classrooms. A strong use of technology, such as individual student laptops and interactive panels in all classrooms, supports the combination of traditional and innovative teaching strategies, collaborative projects, and labs. On any given day at TMECHS, students can be seen actively engaging in a learning process centered around writing, talking, problem-solving, and reflecting. TMECHS faculty is passionate in the quest to provide every student with the knowledge and skills necessary for future life successes.