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.
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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.
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.
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!