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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work| Case Study

Trinidad Garza Early College High School

Grades 9-12 | Dallas, TX

Early College Model: College-Ready in High School

At Trinidad Garza Early College High School, students begin taking college courses in ninth grade.
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What This School Is Achieving

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Trinidad "Trini" Garza Early College High School -- a public, urban school in Dallas, Texas -- has a 100% graduation rate compared to 41% for their zip code. Over 80% of Trini Garza students are the first generation among their family to go to college, and last year, 47% graduated from this high school with an Associate's degree. They achieve this through the Early College model, which enables students to earn college credit in high school, go to school on a college campus, and assimilate into the college culture.

  • 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools award winner: Exemplary High-Performing School
  • Since 2012, consistently outperformed both the district and state on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) in math, science, English, and history
  • Achieved a 100% graduation rate in 2014 and 2015, and a 0% dropout rate in 2014
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How They Do It

Student Surveys: Using Student Voice to Improve Teaching and Learning

Student Surveys: Using Student Voice to Improve Teaching and Learning

When teachers survey their classes at Trinidad Garza Early College High School, students see how their opinions matter and have a direct impact on instruction.

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Early College Model: Giving Students College Access in High School

Early College Model: Giving Students College Access in High School

At Trinidad Garza Early College High School, students can earn a free Associate’s degree. Last year, almost 50% of their graduating class did just that.

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6 Strategies to Make Your Students College Ready

Trinidad Garza Early College High School uses six key instructional strategies to prepare students for higher education.

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Voices From the School

The Deficit Model Is Harming Your Students

Janice D. Lombardi
Opportunity and Optimism in Urban Education

How I Broke the Cycle of Poverty

Carlos Nava
Trinidad Garza Early College High School Alumnus

The Counselor's Role: Scaffolded Support In and Outside of the Classroom

Jazmin Greenwood
Lead Counselor at Trinidad "Trini" Garza Early College High School at Mountain View College

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Dlacraft's picture

Thanks for the applicable process-based platform for authentic counseling services in a high school setting. Since your wellness skills focus on stress management, I'm curious to know if your scaffolding model includes integration of physical activity.

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