Spring ISD superintendent inks deal with Lone Star College to house Early College Academy
The Spring Early College Academy will officially start classes at Lone Star College - North Harris once the 2019-2020 school year begins.
On Tuesday, Spring ISD superintendent Rodney Watson and Lone Star College - North Harris president Gerald Fernandez Napoles signed a partnership deal for the academy’s move to the campus.
“We’re forever grateful and we’re forever humble with the support we have from Lone Star,” Watson said.
While planning for the academy began in 2009, the first classes began in 2011, allowing students to earn an associate’s degree along with a high school diploma.
The Spring Early College Academy has been a work in progress since it was established in 2011 in temporary buildings near Westfield High School.
“It would rain and they would have to go from one building to the next and they’d be walking in the grass and the mud trying to get to class on time. We felt very sorry for them, but we were doing the best that we could for them at the time. They now get the opportunity to be on a college campus,” said Rhonda Newhouse, president of the Spring ISD board of trustees.
In 2016, the district moved the academy to 14450 T.C. Jester Blvd., which was originally meant to be used as an administrative building.
Once the current SECA campus is emptied, the district plans to convert it into a new campus, currently known as middle school 9.
The new school is expected to house up to 400 students who will be chosen through a lottery after applying with a recommendation.
SECA principal Diana Kimberly said that while the plans have not been finalized for the academy’s move to LSC-North Harris yet, about 10 classrooms will be available for freshman and sophomore level classes.
Upperclassmen will be able to take college courses with college students.
“This provides the opportunity for our students to be more immersed in the college life and have access to the tutorial labs, the resources, all the aspects of college life since they are working for their associate’s degree,” Kimberly said.