Early College High School gets national recognition

September 20, 2016


EPCC is honored to announce the national recognition of its two early college high schools.


Valle Verde, which ranking 34 in the nation, was opened in 2007 and offers a rigorous, academically challenging environment. 



Courtesy Elizabeth Vandervort

Early College High School National Honor Society during a members meeting. 


On a mission, Valle Verde Early College High School enables students to graduate from high school with distinguished achievement, while earning an associate’s degree, through a system of support and intervention.

Faculty at VVECHS commits to providing a positive and immediate feedback to students as well as providing opportunities to research higher learning institutions, scholarships, and careers. 

Amanda Adame, VVECHS yearbook editor, Vice President of Spirit Club, and President of Future Business Leaders of America says most of the students have a full-time schedule dealing with college and high school academics and also being heavily involved in extracurricular activities that are offered. 

“Everyone works hard together, teachers push and push us to be not just leaders but good well rounded people” Adame said. 

Mission Early College High School, ranks 58 in our nation, has ensured students earn a high school diploma, as well as an associate of arts degree from EPCC for the past 10 years. 

This unique school is founded on the belief that many young people are ready and eager to do serious college work. It enables highly motivated students to move in four years from the ninth grade through the first two years of college, earning the associate of arts degree. 

Students from many different backgrounds who have a strong record of excellence and diverse interests will benefit from MECHS curriculum. Using primary source materials and experimental data for research, students will become equipped with the analytical skills needed to pursue their intellectual and artistic passions.

Along with other awards like the Aspen Award Top Ten Community Colleges in the nation and The HEED Award for diversity, vindicates the work students, faculty, and staff do to better our community.

Those who are faculty and staff of these schools are recognized for their superior work in preparing students for college while dealing with the barriers of low-economic standing.


The Newsweek’s “Beating the Odds” ranking is a “relative” list of schools weighing performance while accounting for poverty rates, placing both Valle Verde Early College High School and Mission Early College High School at a high rank.


As Adame explained, faculty, staff and the students collaborate together and make a family effort to strive higher and higher- the ranking just comes along with working hard and never giving up. 


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