Valle Verde Early College High School is located in El Paso, Texas. It is part of the Ysleta Independent School District, a large urban district, and is in a formal educational partnership with El Paso Community College (EPCC). Opened in 2007, its first graduating class was in 2011. Currently, the total enrollment is 403 for grades 9–12 with a senior class of 82 students. The student body is over 90 percent minority, 75 percent economically disadvantaged, and 70 percent will be first generation college graduates. Eighty-five percent of its students graduate from VVECHS with an Associate of Arts degree from EPCC. An emphasis is also placed on community service, with 80 hours required for graduation and participation in extra-curricular activities that focus on leadership, academics, and/or the fine arts. Additionally, VVECHS is the only ECHS in West Texas to also compete in a UIL sanctioned sport (cross-country). Recently, Valle Verde ECHS was recognized as an Apple Distinguished School, a White House Bright Spot in Hispanic Education, one of America’s Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report, and one of America’s Best High Schools serving low-income students by Newsweek Magazine.
Dr. Mackie Spradley, TEA Director of Enrichment Education (left) and Dr. Rich Elsasser, ESC Region 13 Executive Director (right) present a plaque recognizing Valle Verde Early College High School as a 2016-1017 Early College High School Demonstration Site to Paul Covey, Principal.