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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.

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.

College and Career Readiness Website

HISD has unveiled its new College and Career Readiness Website to provide students information about the next step after high school. College and career readiness is a key priority for the district as we work closely with our college partners and area businesses to prepare our students for postsecondary success.

24 Hour Online Homework Help from the Public Library

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Whether it's four in the afternoon or four in the morning, Houston students can summon this friendly presence - or one very much like it - by typing in their library card numbers on the Houston Public Library's website.

Thanks to this library service, students can get live, online homework help - as well as GED and resume assistance - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in Spanish and English. For free. The service is a warm light in a grim education landscape, and we encourage families to use it.
Read the full article from The Houston Chronicle...

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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