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The Early College High School
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Q: What is the purpose of the new Early College High School?
A: The purpose of The Early College High School will be to provide a challenging academic setting where all students complete core high school credits during the first two years and engage on a college level career technical or academic pathway and graduate with an Associate Degree or other industry recognized certificate.

Q: Who can sign up?
A: Any rising 9th grader who wants to take on the challenge has the grit to come every day and work hard to reach their goals.

Q: Where will it be located?
A: The school will be housed in the complex of classrooms that is currently unused during day time hours at the Mimbres Valley Learning Center, 2300 East Pine Street.

Q: How big will it be?
A: It will start with a cohort of 50+ students and 4 teachers the first year. The school will add a new cohort of 50 each year until they reach the level of 200 students.

Q: Will there be Busing?
A: Yes, busing will be provided to and from the Mimbres Valley Learning Center.

Q: Will I get college credit for my classes?
A: The first two years are regular, honors level, high school core requirements. After that all your classes will be Dual Credit. This means you get both high school and college credit for the same class. All college credit will be through Western New Mexico University and will be General Education Core Credit, meaning it is transferable by state law to any New Mexico university, college, or junior college.

Q: Will I be able to play sports?
A: Students will be able to participate in all sports and extra-curricular programs with Deming High School and enroll in Major Sports 7th hour at DHS.

Q: Who will the teachers be?
A: Probably teachers you know already. Staff positions have been posted on the DPS website and we are in the process of hiring 4 teachers.

Q: Do I have to be a straight A student?
A: No! The only requirement is that you are willing to come every day and work hard. These will be Honors level classes and you must be up to the challenge. But the purpose of the Early College High School is to support students who have the “grit” and desire to go to college but need a little support and structure to get there.

Q: Who do I contact for more information?
A: Principal Contact Information
Bryan Simpson
Office: 575-543-1049 Ext 2730
Cell: 575-545-3807
Email: bryan.simpson@demingps.org
Office at Mimbres Valley High School, 720 Buckeye Street.

Q: Where can I get more information on Early College High Schools in New Mexico?
A:
o https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/college-career-readiness/early-college-high-schools/
o http://www.echs-nm.com/about.html
o https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/college-career-readiness/dual-credit/
o http://www.echs-nm.com/echs-schools.html
Great News!
Great News!
An “Early College High School” is being created by Deming Public Schools to provide a challenging academic program in a smaller setting for students who want to get a head start on their future.

This is how it will work: Students will complete core required credits during their first two years of high school and then take only dual credit (college) classes their last two years. The goal is to graduate from high-school with a head start on a college or career-tech pathway and have an associate degree by the time they graduate high school.

There are over 20 early college high schools state-wide and it is time that Deming has the same opportunities to succeed as other communities. We may be small, but we have big hearted students with big goals and it is time to raise the bar with an Early College high school.

We are accepting applications now for the first class of 50 rising 9th graders. I know you will have lots of questions, and so I am including more details below and my contact information. Please call, come by, or attend one of the public events and forums we hold over the coming months. I look forward to visiting with you soon!

Respectfully,


Bryan Simpson
Principal, The Early College High School
Deming Public Schools
bryan.simpson@demingps.org
575-543-1049 Ext. 2730
ECHS Purpose Statement
The purpose of The Early College High School will be to provide a challenging academic setting where all students complete core high school credits during the first two years and engage on a college level career technical or academic pathway and graduate with an Associate Degree or other industry recognized certificate.

Schedule and Information

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Daily Bell Schedule

The Early College High School will have a 4 X 4 Block schedule with 90 minute class periods. Each class will be one semester long. Having only 4 classes to focus on each semester allows students to dig deeper into the content and it also matches the college schedule.



Transportation

Buses will run from the DHS hub over to the Early College High School and back. School will end at 3:25pm to allow time for bus students to get back to the DHS hub.






Master Schedule

This is a tentative schedule that will be adjusted once student rosters are set.


Fall 2018

Master Schedule


Spring 2019

Master Schedule





Activities

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Activities with DHS

Students may participate in activities at DHS when this does not conflict with Early College High School classes. In some cases the parents may have to provide transportation between the two schools. The student must work out an agreement with the coach or sponsor.

Parents must realize that if a student chooses to use their Elective credit for Band, Choir, Major Sports, etc, that this may prevent the student from earning an Associate Degree. The pathway to earn the Associate is very tight and students must stay on track to reach the goal. During their Junior and Senior year students must realize that college classes do not excuse absences for high school activities. The policy at WNMU is that after a student misses 3 times the student may be dropped from the class with no credit given.

The Early College High School is determined to be flexible with students to allow participating in DHS activities, but parents and students must look realistically at the limitations.


Major Sports: ECHS ends for the day at 3:25pm so students may leave a little early to participate in Major Sports at DHS. (or other activities with a 7th period section)


CNA Program: ECHS students may enroll in the Health Care Science/Certified Nursing Assistant program with Mary Anderson during their Junior and Senior year. This program consists of two college classes NUR 106 and NUR 107 and prepares the students for the CNA test which may be taken once they turn 18. 



Extra Curricular Activities at ECHS.

The Early College High School will offer these activities for the 2018-2019 school year.

Systems Go!

SystemsGo is an innovative high school rocketry/aeroscience curriculum that uses project-based learning to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); to develop skills in teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership; and to encourage careers in the engineering industries. http://www.systemsgo.org/



SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a partnership …working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. We provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms. https://www.skillsusa.org/

Educators Rising

The mission of Educators Rising is to cultivate highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers, beginning in high school and extending through college and into the profession. https://www.educatorsrising.org/

Map

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WNMU-Deming Campus.

The Early College High School will meet in the complex of classrooms currently unused during the daytime at the Mimbres Valley Learning Center.