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Dear Parents, Students, and Colleagues,

First and foremost, welcome back to the 2017-2018 School Year!!

2016-2017 was a successful school year filled with accomplishments that reinforce the commitment to our students and parents at Garcia Early College High School.  We excelled at what we do best, and we definitely met and surpassed our goals.

The Hector J. Garcia Early College High School achieved numerous recognitions at the state and national level.  The accomplishments GECHS achieved are a direct result of the dedication and support from all of you.  In January 2017, GECHS was nominated as a Blue Ribbon School by the U. S. Department of Education.  Now, we anxiously await the announcement in September 2017 for this coveted distinction.   For the third year in a row, we have been recognized by the U. S. News and World Report as one of the Best High Schools in Texas, and ranking upon the Top High Schools in the nation. In addition, GECHS has continued to excel in garnering distinctions in TEA’s Accountability System. These Distinctions are in Math, ELA, Science, Closing the Achievement Gap, Student Progress, and College Readiness. None the less, this past year GECHS was recognized as a Texas Honor Roll School.  These accolades are fuel to our genuine love of teaching.  We will continue in full force to provide our students with all the opportunities they so much deserve.  We are determined and committed to always provide them with the best!

With this same focus and commitment, we embrace the 2017-2018 School Year.  We challenge ourselves to continue raising the bar.   We commit ourselves to graduate ALL students TSI and College Ready, embrace new challenges with innovative ideas, and face obstacles with determination and perseverance to succeed.  There will be nothing that will diminish our determination to be the best and lay new directions to “rise to new heights”.  


Israel Castilla

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