New DeVry Advantage Academy Now Accepting Applications

School will offer students an opportunity to earn high school diploma and college associate’s degree

April 18, 2011
The Houston Independent School District is currently accepting applications to its new DeVry Advantage Academy and C.L.C. at H. P. Carter (DAAC). The new high school, approved by the Board of Education in February, will offer students an opportunity to earn a high-school diploma and graduate with an associate’s degree in Web Graphic Design at the same time.

“This new HISD academy will offer students a quality high-school education that equips them with the social and academic tools to successfully continue their education or career,” said Chief High Schools Officer Aaron Spence. “I am excited about the partnership with DeVry and their efforts to assist HISD with preparing our students to compete in a global economy once they leave high school.”

College preparatory high-school courses at the academy will be taught by certified HISD teachers, while college courses will be taught by DeVry University professors with industry-experience. Tuition, books, and charges for all eligible courses will be paid for by HISD and DeVry University. Graduates of the academy may choose to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree from DeVry University or apply to another college or university.

To apply for admissions to the new school, students must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average, have a record of good attendance and behavior, must desire and be committed to attending college, and pass a DeVry University Placement Exam.

Applications will be accepted for students entering the ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades this fall.

Parents and students can download an application here (.pdf) or pick one up at the Office of School Choice, Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 West 18th Street, 77092). The application includes several essay questions and a letter of commitment from parents and students. A list of Frequently Asked Questions is here (.pdf).

“The academic program at the DeVry Academy will be rigorous and students who are accepted must commit to meet the school’s high expectations for school work, homework, attendance, and behavior,” said Principal Elaine Lewis. “But if they do, the school offers a tremendous opportunity for students to hit the ground running once they graduate, either in a career or a college setting.”

Questions regarding the DeVry Advantage Academy may be directed to the Office of School Choice at 713-556-6947.