Early College High Schools Proliferate

Last Monday, Anabel Garza received news that a student was out sick. She wasn’t convinced. She called the boy’s mom and said, “I’m going to come check how sick he is.” She got in her car, drove to his house and brought him back to school.

“We set the standards so high that even if they don’t reach them, they get much further than if we hadn’t set those goals,” said Garza, the principal at Austin’s Reagan Early College High School. 

Academics at Reagan are rigorous, and the expectations are high. About 90 percent of the students ...

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