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Quest Early College High School Named Demonstration Site, Earns $28,000 Grant

Quest ECHS Names Demonstration Campus

Quest Early High School (QECHS) was selected as an ECHS demonstration site by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Along with this honor, QECHS will receive a $28,000 in grant funds from the Education Service Center, Region 13.
 
This is the first time TEA has recognized Exemplary Early College High School campuses and designated a “demonstration” campus. To obtain this distinction, QECHS demonstrated their commitment to academic excellence by educating the whole student. The latest report card from TEA reflects that QECHS earned five out of seven Distinction Designations: Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA, Mathematics, and Science, Postsecondary Readiness, and Top 25% Closing Performance Gaps. “These accolades are due to our structured, intentional academic planning and practice. Our curriculum model follows the Common Instructional Framework for ECHS campuses, utilizing best teaching strategies in collaboration, inquiry, reading, writing and scaffolding,” said QECHS Principal Ginger Noyes.  "Furthermore, our structures of Family for student advising, weekly Service Learning, school wide AVID, and our amazingly talented, dedicated and passionate teacher facilitators are the backbone of our success."
 
As a demonstration site, QECHS will be responsible for helping other potential ECHS campuses succeed by providing mentoring opportunities, opening their campus to leadership teams from prospective ECHS campuses.  The grant money will be used to host webinars, provide content (including virtual content) related to ECHS best practices, and more. “This is a great honor and validation for us,” said Kimberly Mouser, Curriculum Facilitator at QECHS and author of the grant. “This shows that we’re on our game. It’s proof that we have a system that works well, and our students are the beneficiaries,” Mouser added.
 
Photo: Devon Diaz is assisting local elementary school students with their school work. Mentoring students is one of many service learning opportunities in which Quest students participate.