Memorial Early College High School with St. Philip’s College was named one of the top 10 high schools in the San Antonio area in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best High Schools rankings, published April 21.
As Comal Independent School District’s only school of choice, Memorial Early College High School (MECHS) is one of only three high schools in the nation designated as both an Early College High School and a New Tech Network High School where students graduate with both a distinguished high school diploma and an associate’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
“We are proud of the successful model we have been able to establish at MECHS,” says Comal ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim. “We are looking to replicate this model throughout the district beginning with a second school of choice which will be co-located with Spring Branch Middle School this fall.”
Established in 2009, MECHS moved from a traditional to project-based learning model six years ago, and most recently received a Texas Education Agency score of “99” out of “100” in how it prepares students for success both during and after high school for college, career or military.
In addition to MECHS, U.S. News also ranked Comal ISD’s traditional high school campuses as “Best” high schools including Smithson Valley High School, Canyon High School and Canyon Lake High School. According to the report, nearly 18,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.