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ERIC Number: ED537264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Launching Early College Districtwide: Pharr-San Juan-Alamo's "College for All" Strategy
Le, Cecilia
Jobs for the Future
Across the nation, early college schools are creating a path to college success for young people underrepresented in higher education. For a decade, these innovative public schools blending high school and college have proven that, with the right support, all high school students can tackle college work. Now, a Texas school district near the Texas-Mexico border is broadening the early college vision. The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District is challenging and supporting all 32,000 young people in the school system to earn key college credits as they prepare to graduate from high school. Early college is central to the district's commitment that every high school graduate is prepared to succeed in college. This is the story of one district leading the way--a mid-sized, economically disadvantaged school district determined to offer every student the postsecondary opportunities that begin the pathway to family-sustaining wages. The first section of this paper describes the groundwork district leaders laid to enable successful reform and documents how the district created rigorous career pathways and a range of early college options for all. The second section explores the work Pharr-San Juan-Alamo has undertaken in the classroom so students have the academic preparation required to meet the challenges of college. (Contains 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future
Identifiers - Location: Texas