Kaufer Early College High School has been approved by the Texas Education Agency as a provisional Early College high school for the 2019-20 school year.

The provisional designation is for schools in their first four years of designation under the new ECHS standards adopted in August 2017. Kaufer has had an Early College designation since the 2015-16 school year.

All students entering Kaufer Early College High School as freshmen are required to take six hours of designated college courses. Students then have an option to choose a college path. They may pick and choose courses that will apply directly to his or her four-year degree, work towards a 42-hour core complete option, choose a workforce marketable skills program, or an associate degree.

Students take courses through both Coastal Bend College and Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Students earn marketable skills certificates and the associate degrees from Coastal Bend College. Students who experience college through both of these institutions leave high school with an experience that will provide them the skills necessary to graduate from any four-year university they choose.

Kaufer Early College High School received an overall accountability rating of an “A” for 2019.  The campus also earned distinction designations in the following categories: Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading, Postsecondary Readiness and Top 25 Percent Comparative Closing the Gaps. When comparing designated Early College High Schools in Region 2, Kaufer ranked third of 11 campuses.

Riviera ISD is one of 10 districts in Region 2 that has at least one campus designated as an Early College high school and is ranked first among these districts.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Kaufer Early College High School can contact the principal, Patricia Thornton, at (361) 296-3101.

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