"15 students chosen for inaugural early college high school at BCHS" By Allison Sliva BCISD Communications

   Fifteen Bay City ISD students have been selected as the first cohort of the new Bay City Early College High School (ECHS) program debuting Fall 2020 at Bay City High School. 
   The students received the good news via a parade of district representatives to each of their homes on May 22. 
   The students were selected through a rigorous application process, and had to earn a passing score on the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) exam.  
   The students selected are: Cristofer Bocanegra Casique, Anavie Bryant, Giselle Calderon, Mark Calderon, Alyssa Campbell-Clayton, Kyler Estrada, Carlon Jones, Rafael Lara, Juan Martinez, Marco Mata, Liya Ochoa, Yareli Ochoa, Rubi Ortiz, Emily Sierra Lopez, and Brayton Williams. 
   This first ECHS student cohort will be freshmen at BCHS in the Fall 2020 semester. 
   The ECHS model allows students to blend high school and college coursework with the opportunity to earn up to two years of college credit (60 hours) while earning a high school diploma. This program has shown to increase college readiness, provide rigorous instruction and coursework, and academic and social support for students.  
   The aim of Bay City Early College is to: 

  •     Make higher education more affordable and  accessible 
  •     Increase college readiness 
  •     Save parents and students time and money 
  •     Increase graduation rates 
  •     Earn up to 60 college hours 
  •     Offer rigorous instruction and accelerated courses 

   Bay City ISD will have a “school within a school” model, which means that students will take their college classes on the BCHS campus.   
   Early College students will be both high school and college students so they will be able to blend college coursework with high school electives.   
   The goal is to provide students with a seamless pathway from high school to college. 

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