After an extensive analysis of student data for every public school in Texas, La Joya ISD’s Jimmy Carter Early College High School, and Thelma R. Salinas STEM Early College High School were clear leaders in getting students to grade level and beyond!

For this achievement, the two campuses have been selected by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE) to receive the title of 2016 Honor Roll Schools.

The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the Texas academic and business communities have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For High Schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness.

Both Jimmy Carter ECHS and Thelma R. Salinas STEM ECHS were named “Star Schools” for servicing socio-economically disadvantaged students who have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time.

“We are extremely honored to have two of our schools be recognized by education and  business leaders in Texas as Star Schools,” said Dr. Alda T. Benavides, Superintendent of Schools, La Joya ISD. “All campus staff work tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement and to continuously improve our practices, and their dedication is paying off for all of our students, regardless of background,” Benavides added.

Congratulations to our two early college high schools on this achievement and for making our school district proud!