What is EMERGE?

  • Who we are (EMERGE)

    EMERGE is a nationally-recognized program started in Houston ISD that helps first-generation and low-income students attend and graduate from the nation’s top colleges and universities. The program has helped hundreds of students receive full-scholarships to top colleges such as Yale, Rice, Harvard and Stanford. More importantly, while nationally only about 1 out of 10 low-income students graduate from college, over 95% of all the students EMERGE has served have either graduated from college within 4 years or are on track to do so.

    EMERGE was started by Rick Cruz, a Yale alumnus and former teacher in the district, who realized that there were incredible opportunities at top-tier colleges that his students were either not tapping into or were not prepared to pursue. The program started at Chávez High School in 2010, and with the support of the district and from major funders such as Houston Endowment, the program has since expanded to every HISD high school. We encourage you to watch this video to learn more about EMERGE and its impact.

  • Contact EMERGE staff by school

    11th Grade Staff

    • All
    • Austin
    • Bellaire
    • Carnegie
    • Challenge Early
    • Chavez
    • DeBakey
    • East Early
    • Eastwood Academy
    • Energy Institute
    • E-STEM
    • Furr
    • HAIS
    • Heights
    • Houston MSTC
    • Jones
    • Kashmere
    • Kinder HSPVA
    • Lamar
    • Law & Justice
    • Liberty
    • Long Academy
    • Madison
    • Mickey Leland
    • Middle College Gulfton
    • Milby
    • Mount Carmel Academy
    • North Forest
    • North Houston Early
    • Northside
    • Scarborough
    • Sharpstown
    • Sharpstown International
    • South Early
    • Sterling
    • Waltrip
    • Washington
    • Westbury
    • Westside
    • Wheatley
    • Wisdom
    • Worthing
    • Yates
    • Young Womens
    Submit

    12th Grade Staff

    • All
    • Austin
    • Bellaire
    • Carnegie
    • Challenge Early
    • Chavez
    • DeBakey
    • East Early
    • Eastwood Academy
    • Energy Institute
    • E-STEM
    • Furr
    • HAIS
    • Heights
    • Houston MSTC
    • Jones
    • Kashmere
    • Kinder HSPVA
    • Lamar
    • Law & Justice
    • Liberty
    • Long Academy
    • Madison
    • Mickey Leland
    • Middle College Felix Fraga
    • Middle College Gulfton
    • Milby
    • Mount Carmel Academy
    • North Forest
    • North Houston Early
    • Northside
    • Scarborough
    • Sharpstown
    • Sharpstown International
    • South Early
    • Sterling
    • Waltrip
    • Washington
    • Westbury
    • Westside
    • Wheatley
    • Wisdom
    • Worthing
    • Yates
    • Young Womens
    Submit

Contact Us

  • General Inquiries EMERGE-HISD
    1102 Telephone Road
    Houston, TX 77023
    713-967-5219 (office) 
    713-967-5216 (fax)
    Email

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