The San Antonio Independent School District plans to open its second early college high school this year, giving more students a chance to earn college credit while earning their high school diplomas.
On Monday night, the SAISD Board of Trustees approved a memorandum of understanding with the Alamo Colleges to open the new school in August on the St. Philip's College campus at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive.
"The St. Philip's College family welcomes the opportunity to provide San Antonio Independent School District students with the essential core foundation for the college education that they will need to compete in the global economy," said St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston.
SAISD students will be housed full-time at St. Philip's College, taking both high school and college courses and earning up to 60 hours of college credit or an associate's degree at no cost to the students or their families.
SAISD's first early college high school, Travis, opened in 2008 in partnership with San Antonio College. It received an exemplary rating from the Texas Education Agency each year under the former state accountability system and earned all three distinction designations awarded by the state in 2013 under the new accountability system. This year, Travis enrolled its largest freshman class since opening.
"We are excited to have this opportunity to build on the success we have achieved as a result of our partnership with SAISD in Travis Early College High School," Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie said. "Early college high schools, which offer free college credit classes to high school students, are one of the many innovative strategies that we are pursuing to make college a reality for more students in our community."
The district has been recruiting 8th-graders who live within SAISD boundaries for the inaugural freshman class and expects approximately 100 students. A new class will be added each year through the 12th grade, and the district plans to explore the possibility of expanding eligibility to students throughout Bexar County next year.