The Ysleta Independent School District and El Paso Community College announced last year that they will seek to open two new early college high schools at Parkland and Ysleta high schools. Pending authorization from the Texas Education Agency, these two schools will join Valle Verde Early College High School to increase YISD’s roster of early college high schools to three in 2017.
The early college high school model has proven to be successful in the El Paso community. YISD’s Valle Verde ECHS has received numerous accolades from the TEA, including receiving all seven distinction designations and being named a model campus. In addition, Valle Verde ECHS has been listed among the best high schools in the nation and is the top ranked high school in El Paso by Newsweek and US News & World Report.
The addition of the Parkland Early College High School and Ysleta High School Early College Academy would increase options for students to earn an associate’s degree from EPCC while simultaneously earning a high school diploma. The “school within a school” model at Parkland and Ysleta would also provide students the opportunity to enjoy traditional high school activities such as athletics, fine arts and JROTC while taking dual credit courses.
If approved, Parkland Early College High School and Ysleta High School Early College Academy will begin with the first cohort of students in the 2017-2018 school year.