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                Challenge Early College High School

Challenge Early College is a high school where students are given the unique opportunity to take college classes along with the regular high school curriculum. Housed on the HCCS West Loop campus, with articulated sharing of space and staff, CECHS allows the high school student to gradually integrate into college course work through his or her traditional high school degree plan.

For more information, explore this website or call (713) 664-9712.

Summer Reading for English Classes

This summer, make sure you make time to do some reading so that you're prepared for your English classes next year! Summer reading assignments are on line, so don't wait until the last minute:
English I (9th grade)
English II
AP Literature/English 3013

Summer Reading for History Classes

But wait, there's more! Rising sophomores and juniors also have some reading to do for their history classes:
WHAP (AP World History - rising sophomores):
    Joining Edmodo
    Summer Reading Assignment
    Assignment Specs
APUSH (AP US History - rising juniors):
    Summer Assignment
    Book Review
    Preamble to the Constitution


Congratulations to the Challenge Girls' Soccer Team for winning the Intramural Soccer Championship. Xochi Santos scored twice and Finals MVP Cindy Zelaya scored once to lead the Eagles to a 3-1 victory over a strong East Early College HS team.  Challenge was led by its talented group of seniors Taylor Clarke, Maja Pranic, Reyna Hernandez, Xochilt Santos and Celia Leija.

Money Matters to CECHS Students

Congratulations to Yesenia Campos (senior) and Mia Martin(junior) for each winning $500 in the Women’s Resource Center Money Matters Essay contest. Mia and Yesenia wrote about financial responsibility, including budgeting and goal setting, that they learned through the on campus programs provided by The Women’s Resource Center. Mia participated in Project LEAD and Yesenia participated in the financial education program provided to seniors on Fridays.

CECHS Named by Washington Post as One of 100 Most Challenging Schools in Nation

Challenge Early College High School is ranked #96 in the nation and #28 in the state on the prestigious Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. The rankings of 2,050 most rigorous high schools nationwide were released recently.

The rankings are based on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.

Posse Foundation Recognizes Academic and Leadership Talent at CECHS

Two Challenge seniors have been awarded full tuition merit-based leadership scholarships through the Posse Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that identifies students based upon their academic excellence and leadership potential.

Markfirah Krueng received the Posse scholarship to the University of Virginia and Jordan Parker received the Posse scholarship to Colby College.

Jordan and Markfirah were selected out of more than 850 applicants from the Houston area based on their leadership abilities, excellence in academics, and overall motivation to succeed.

U.S. Education Secretary Recognizes Challenge as One of Nation's Top Schools at 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony

On November 15, 2011, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan honored 315 schools as the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools at an awards luncheon in Washington, D.C. The Blue Ribbon School award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that have helped close the achievement gap and whose students attain and maintain high academic goals. This year's winners include your very own Challenge Early College High School. The schools—266 public and 49 private—are among more than 6,000 that have received the coveted award over the past 29 years.

"America's long-term economic prosperity and civic engagement depends on our children receiving a world-class education," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their success is an example for others to follow."

This is a tribute to Challenge students' hard work and dedication. Congratulations on a job well done, and keep up the good work!


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