Early College High Schools: Design Principles and Practices

By Patricia E. Uribe.

Published by The Design Collection

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The decline of the American High School has given rise to a new and bold initiative in the development of Early College High Schools. This promising approach for improving education for all works on the premise that small personalized learning communities and a coherent educational program helps students in building their academic identity thus bridging the gap between graduating from high school and entering and succeeding in college. Unlike the traditional high school, where the senior year is virtually wasted time for too many students, these new schools are designed so that all students can earn up to two years of college credit or an Associate’s degree in addition to their high school diploma. Secondary and postsecondary partners rethink traditional curriculum sequences, find creative ways to align and connect high school and college experiences, and provide the academic and social supports students need to succeed in an intensive early college program of study.

Keywords: Early College High Schools, Design Principles and Practices, High School Reform, College Readiness, Rigor, Relevance and Relationships

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.195-204. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 639.332KB).

Dr. Patricia E. Uribe

Assistant Professor and Director of P-16 Initiatives, Department of Professional Programs, Texas A & M International University, Laredo, Texas, USA

Dr. Patricia E. Uribe is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Professional Programs under the College of Education at Texas A & M International University located on the border between Texas and Mexico and teaching educational administration classes. She was recently awarded the Teaching in Excellence Award from the Texas A & M University System in the summer of 2009. Dr. Uribe also has over 20 years of experience in public education and has served as a campus administrator at the elementary, middle and high school level. Prior to moving into higher education, Dr. Uribe served as the principal for the Laredo Early College High School located on the Texas A & M University campus. The Texas Education Agency awarded the school the highest award, “Exemplary” two consecutive years under her administration.


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