Safety Nets: Secrets to Success in an Early College High School

By Karen P. Saenz.

Published by The Organization Collection

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The target population of an early college high school is urban students with low socioeconomic status, English language learners, and first-generation college goers (Alvarado & Peebles-Wilkins, 2003). The success in degree completion, college readiness, and dropout prevention testifies to the hard work and accomplishments of the students, the high school teachers and administrators, and the college faculty and staff. The students’ college scholarship provides them the chance to earn up to 60 hours of college work at no monetary cost to the family—all it “costs” is hard work. With the hard work comes a great deal of stress to succeed at this wonderful opportunity. Safety nets provide the support for this successful school. The purpose of this paper is to discuss some of the supports in place at an early college high school in Houston, Texas, that assists students in succeeding in their high school classes as well as their college courses.

Keywords: Early College High School, College Readiness, Degree Completion, Support for Students

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 9, pp.19-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 618.184KB).

Karen P. Saenz

Social Sciences Department Chair, Academic, Houston Community College Southeast, Houston, Texas, USA

Karen Saenz is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University and Prairie View A&M University. She taught junior high school science for eight years before moving to Houston Community College Southeast as a psychology instructor. She has served as department chair for Social Sciences at Southeast College since 1995. She also serves as the college liaison for the East Early College High School. The goal of the early college is for the students to earn an associate’s degree by the time they complete high school. Karen works directly with the students and the administration of the small high school on the college campus. She is passionate about the project because she “helps change lives every day.”


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