Challenge Early College High School in the News

CECHS is One of Four Middle College National Consortium High Schools Recognized for Their Excellence

Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) high schools continue to excel and receive recognition for the work they do with previously under-served students. With a model that includes high schools located on or near a college campus, dual enrollment for high school students, a comprehensive guidance and support system, rigorous, in-depth academic work, professional development, and a network of like minded schools that support each other MCNC schools are succeeding in graduating students, and sending them to two and four year colleges, in record numbers.

Challenge Early College High School is ranked as one of America's Best High Schools by U.S.News & World Report. The magazine, working with the American Institutes for Research, rated schools based on state test scores, analyzing whether students, particularly minorities and those from low-income families, performed better than expected.
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Lovie goes to Cornell

Lovie ended up picking Cornell in Ithaca, NY. Photo: J. Patric Schneider / Houston Chronicle

Challenge Senior featured in Houston Chronicle

CECHS Senior Lovie Valentin was featured in the Sunday, May, 20 edition of the Houston Chronicle. The newspaper story was about the choices that high school seniors have to make about where to attend college. Cornell-bound Lovie was the first student mentioned in the article. Thank you Lovie for being the outstanding student you are, and for making the Challenge family proud!





CECHS is awarded the Silver Medal from US News and World Report

Challenge Early College High School is ranked as one of America's Best High Schools by U.S.News & World Report.

The magazine, working with the American Institutes for Research, rated schools based on state test scores, analyzing whether students, particularly minorities and those from low-income families, performed better than expected. Schools that excelled statewide were judged on the number of students taking and passing college-level Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams. In receiving the Silver Medal, CECHS ranks in the top 5% of high schools surveyed.

CECHS Ranked Near the Top Nationally by Washington Post

The Washington Post's High School Challenge named Challenge ECHS among the top high schools in the nation. HPHS was ranked number 96 in the U.S. and number 23 in Texas. Education reporter Jay Matthews compiled a listing of more than 1,900 public high schools, with schools ranked according to a ratio that divides the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Advanced International Certificate of Education tests taken schoolwide by the number of graduating seniors in the school. Using that ratio, CECHS earned a score of 4.974. This high ranking is especially impressive, given that it ignores the fact that so many of our students take college level classes at HCC.

CECHS Ranked in Top 1000 High Schools in US by Newsweek Magazine

Challenge ECHS has again been ranked as one of the 1,000 best public high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine. The list strives to highlight the best 1,000 public high schools in the nation—the ones that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads. The list is based on six components provided by school administrators: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per student(5 percent).

Challenge places #11 in Children at Risk Rankings

CECHS earned spot near the top again this year in the annual Children at Risk school rankings. Children at Risk, a Houston-based research and advocacy nonprofit, ranked 1,196 public elementary, middle and high schools in eight local counties, based on student test scores, attendance and other factors. The ranking formula gives extra credit to schools that serve large concentrations of low-income students because poverty is strongly linked to test scores. Challenge came in #11 in the Houston area, and #30 in the state. This is the second year in a row that CECHS has placed this high in the rankings, a reflection of the hard work that our students do on a daily basis. Congratulations!

Challenge Early College High School, A MCNC Member School, Wins Prestigious U.S. Blue Ribbon Award

Challenge Early College High School, a MCNC Member school, is a recipient of this year's U.S. Blue Ribbon award for having its students score in the top 10% on Texas State tests. The award is aligned with President Obama's goal of making education the lynchpin in improving the U.S. economy, closing the achievement gap, and making US business competitive in the global market place. The MCNC Early College model provides high school students, especially those underserved by their previous schools, the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree, or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor's degree. Read the full article...

7 Houston-area schools recognized among 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools

The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that 26 schools in Texas were named as 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools, and seven schools from the Houston-area were included.

These public and private K-12 schools are among the 305 being honored for their overall academic excellence or for their success in closing achievement gaps. Read the full article...

Area schools earn U.S. ‘Blue Ribbon’ honor

Twenty-six Texas schools -- including three in Houston ISD, one in Spring Branch ISD, and a celebrated Houston charter school -- were named 2011 Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education Thursday.

Those honored are Lyons Elementary, Eastwood Academy High School and Challenge Early College High School in HISD; Westchester Academy for International Studies in SBISD; and the YES Prep Southwest Campus. Read the full article...

HISD Charter Schools Can Compete with the Best

Conventional wisdom would have you believe that state open-enrollment charter schools are preferable to anything that a local public school district has to offer. But conventional wisdom by its very definition is subject to re-evaluation when all the facts are considered, and in this case, conventional wisdom is wrong. While outstanding state charter schools get a lot of well-deserved attention, they don't have a monopoly on charter school success. In fact, the Houston Independent School District operates its own charter schools, which are every bit as successful as their better-known counterparts.
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CECHS Nominated for 2011 National Blue Ribbon Award

Challenge Early College High School is among only 26 Texas schools nominated for the 2011 Blue Ribbon Schools Award. The list was revealed on December 7, 2010 by Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott. Two other HISD schools, Lyons Elementary and Eastwood Academy, were also nominated. The Blue Ribbon Schools Award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress and helped close gaps in achievement, especially among disadvantaged and minority students. Read more ...

America's Best High Schools

CECHS makes Newsweek magazine's America's Best High Schools list for 2010

Each year, Newsweek picks the best high schools in the country based on how hard school staffs work to challenge students with advanced placement college-level courses and tests. Just over 1600 schools—only six percent of all the public schools in the U.S.—made the list. Challenge Early College High School is one of them.

CECHS is awarded the 2011 Silver Medal from US News and World Report

Best High Schools

Challenge Early College High School is ranked as one of America's Best High Schools by US News and World Report. The America's Best High Schools project is an annual report that identifies the country's top-performing high schools. The goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students - from the highest achieving to the lowest achieving - in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work. In receiving the Silver Medal, CECHS ranks in the top 3% of high schools surveyed.

Early-college programs rethink high expectations

It was Michael Rosa’s third day of Spanish at Hostos Community College in New York City, even though he was just 14. Rosa got into a shouting match with his professor. It happened so often in those days that he doesn’t remember what this particular fight was about ...
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