HISD Taking Applications for All-Boys/All-Girls College Preparatory Academies
December 19, 2010

 (HISD News Release)

December 17, 2010 – HISD is currently accepting applications for admission to the new all-boys and all-girls college preparatory academies recently approved by the HISD Board of Education. Both schools will open in the fall of 2011 with sixth and ninth grades only. Subsequent grades will be added on a yearly basis.

The mission of the two schools will be to develop the full potential of every student by fostering an educational environment that encourages critical thinking, inspires student confidence, and nurtures both the intellectual and social development necessary to attend and graduate from college. Both academies will feature a rigorous curriculum which includes pre-AP and AP courses.

 The all-girls school is being developed in partnership with the Foundation for the Education of Young Women, which has five other campuses for young-women in Texas. The all-boys campus is being modeled after successful male college preparatory academies in Chicago and Harlem.

Incoming sixth and ninth grade students interested in applying to the gender-based schools for the 2011 school year must do so by January 31. In order to apply, students must have a 75 percent or better average in all classes, have a desire and commitment to attend a four-year college or university, have good attendance and behavior, and meet state requirements for the advancement to the next grade level.

Those students who are deemed eligible will be selected by a lottery process after review of their application, teacher recommendations, and a student essay. If selected for admission, the student must attend an in person interview and orientation session with their parents or guardian.

To apply for admission to either academy, students can fill out an application found on the district’s website or by clicking here.

Completed applications should be mailed to the Office of School Choice at district headquarters located at 4400 West 18th Street, Houston, TX 77092-8501. Questions regarding the admissions process and enrollment requirements for both schools may be directed to the Office of School Choice at 713-556-6947.

 

The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States with 298 schools and more than 200,000 students. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with nearly 30,000 employees.

New HISD All-Boys School Will Open in 2011
December 9, 2010

 (HISD News Release)

HISD Board Approves Creation of All–Boys College Preparatory Academy

 

School will open in 2011 at current E.O. Smith site

 

December 9, 2010 – Tonight, at the regular monthly meeting of the HISD Board of Education, board trustees voted to approve the creation of an all-male college preparatory school that will be located at the current E.O. Smith Education Center site.

            The gender-based school will open next year with sixth and ninth grade students only.  Seventh and tenth grade students will be added the next year. Additional grade levels will be added in subsequent years. The school’s curriculum will be instructionally rigorous and will include pre-advanced and advanced placement courses in addition to a foreign language requirement. Course work will also emphasize high expectations, responsible decision making, leadership and wellness skills, and will prepare students for college and university acceptance upon graduation.

“Closing the male minority achievement gap is a top priority for everyone at Team HISD, and I am confident that the opening of this all-male college preparatory academy will be one of many proactive steps the district takes to address this growing national concern,” said Chief Middle Schools Officer Dallas Dance. “It, like the all-girls school, will join the many other quality school choice options that are available at HISD.”

HISD’s all-male college prep academy will be an in-district charter school and will consist of 100–125 students per grade. The academy will be open to all students across HISD, but admission will require an application process, an entrance exam, letters of recommendation, and student and parent interviews.

The new school will be modeled after all-male college preparatory academies in Chicago, Ill. and in Harlem, New York. Recently, Dallas Dance and Trustee Carol Mims Galloway visited the Chicago Urban Prep Academy to observe how the HISD all-male college preparatory school might operate.

“I was extremely impressed by what I saw in Chicago,” said Galloway. “After talking with the young men I realized how their whole outlook on life and college changed after attending this all-male school. We have to do something to save our young men of today and I think that starting this all-male college preparatory academy at HISD is a step in the right direction.”

            HISD’s all-male college preparatory academy will be located at the current E.O. Smith Education Center site, which has seen a steady decrease in enrollment over the last five years. Students enrolled in grades K–5 will remain at E.O. Smith for the 2011–2012 school year and then will be re-zoned to the new Atherton Elementary School for the 2012-2013 school year. Students in grades 6–8 will be re-zoned to another school by the board at a later date.     

            The new all-male academy is expected to apply for start-up funds based on its application to the Texas Education Agency as an in-district charter. Trustee Galloway has agreed to provide $2.5 million from her trustee allocation to cover renovations and upgrades at the campus.