Award Year: 2020

Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School

801 Main Street, R-104
Dallas, TX, 75202-3201

(214) 860-2356

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

Dallas ISD

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Challenging our diverse population of first-generation college students to achieve academic excellence, Lassiter Early College uniquely blends high school and the first two years of college and provides our students with the social and emotional supports to become productive citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 12%
  • White: 2%
  • Hispanic: 84%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Lassiter Early College High School

Lassiter Early College High School

Lassiter Early College High School is grounded by our Core Values of Compassion, Authenticity, Responsibility, Empowerment, and Striving for Excellence. All that we do each day, our interactions, students and staff alike, classroom instruction, student advising, and support, are influenced by these core values which translate to the positive culture and climate that exists at Lassiter Early College High School.

Academic excellence and college readiness are our charges for our young scholars on campus, the majority of which are first-generation college-goers from traditionally underserved populations. High-quality and engaging instruction, complemented with crucial social and emotional support, is paramount to student success at Lassiter Early College High School as they simultaneously navigate the high school and college experience. Lassiter ECHS resides on a college campus which reinforces the mindset of determination and perseverance that students need to complete college-level work at such a young age.

The faculty and staff embrace the ideals of equity in education and combine their efforts to provide a nurturing environment so that all students graduate with their first college degree. 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.