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Bryan Collegiate Recognized as a "Model School" by the Texas Education Agency

Bryan Collegiate's success is amazing. So much so, that school is serving as an example for schools across the state. 

This week, the Texas Education Agency and Educate Texas toured the school to learn about the reasons for its success. The school was one of three model schools selected for the honor and the only early college high school.

Susan Henderson, deputy director of Educate Texas, told the Eagle that the school has been doing "good work," and it was time to highlight it. In the same article, representatives from other schools said they are hoping to replicate Collegiate's success.

teacher guiding educators

A panel of current Bryan ISD students and alumni, including college students and working professionals, told the state education representatives about their time at the school. Clad in Bryan ISD Ambassador maroon collared shirts, the current students led the visitors around the school and told them about the school's "family structure."

Collegiate Principal Tommy Roberts told WTAW its early college partnership with Blinn College allows students to take up to 60 college hours for free before high school graduation, allowing them to walk out of the school with a high school diploma and an associate degree

"This is a hard thing to pull off, but it's definitely doable," Roberts told WTAW. "You've got to have the right support structures in place. You've got to have the community behind you, the district behind you, and of course have a willing partner in terms of the higher-ed side, and Blinn College has been an amazing partner since we started this journey back in 2007."

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Whether Bryan Collegiate students speak six languagesattend MIT, or serve their community, they continue to impress.

"Bryan Collegiate to me is a home more than a school," Bryan Collegiate graduate Jacquelin Cerillo-Huerta said. "They actually care for one's future, provide more than they should, and push each one of us to do our best."