MASBA visits STEM Early College High School

MASBA visits STEM ECHS



A total of 13 members of the Mexican American School Board Association (MASBA) visited STEM Early College High School on Feb. 22 to learn more about the school’s successful program and benefits.

As a nonprofit, statewide education association, MASBA, has served local Texas school boards since 1970. Its primary goal is to close opportunity and achievement gaps for all students, especially for Hispanic students and English language learners.

In the school’s cafeteria, HISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal, HISD Board of Trustees President Carlos Quezada and STEM ECHS Principal Dr. Eddie Rodriguez welcomed all MASBA members and spoke about what separates STEM ECHS from other traditional high schools.

“This year we are having our first graduation class,” Superintendent Madrigal said. “We will not only provide kids with a high school diploma, but also an associate’s degree. We are providing new opportunities to our students here at Harlandale ISD.”

“There are 44 high school in San Antonio, and we are the third highest-performing school based on STAAR scores,” Dr. Rodriguez added. “As of last week, we have a total of $4 million in scholarships for our students. All of them deserve the opportunity to go to college, and we have a plan that actually works.”

Accompanied by STEM ECHS student ambassadors, the MASBA members toured the campus and learned about the unique learning program offered at STEM ECHS, including its robotics competitions, the Palo Alto College courses offered and extracurricular activities. Students also had the opportunity to share their personal experiences with them.

The members were impressed with the school’s program and curriculum and enjoyed learning about all the student competitions.

“It’s important to see what other school districts are doing right and try to implement that in our own district, and seeing these students in action, I want this for our schools too,” MASBA Member and Hays ISD Board Member Teresa Tobias said. “I’m really glad that I came to this school, and hopefully, we try to get something similar in our district.” 

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