Early College Parents Visit School

Parents of ECHS ninth- and 10th-graders attend Walk A Mile Day
By: Todd Martin
Getting an up-close feel for an untraditional school, Early College High School parents joined their students Tuesday to “Walk a Mile” in their son’s and daughter’s shoes.
It was the fourth year for the school to host the event. The school is in its fifth year.
Early College High School ninth- and 10th-graders attend school on Fort Hood, which hosted the parents. Junior and seniors go to class on the Central Texas College campus.
Principal Kathleen Burke said the day of parent visitation is meant to give parents exposure to their children’s school lives. Teachers don’t change their lessons, but maintain a regular day of school.
A history class held an open discussion. An algebra class worked equations, holding up answers drawn on white boards.
Parents expressed gratitude for the invitation and said their students enjoyed the opportunity to attend high school and college simultaneously through the partnership between Killeen ISD and CTC.
“It’s a great idea, especially for a campus like this, coming from a regular middle school to a pre-college environment,” said Shawn Scott, father of a ninth-grade daughter.
He said his daughter, Alyssah Scott Padmore made her own decision to attend Early College High School. “It was her decision to come here and I encouraged it.”
“It’s great,” said Eric Martinez, the stepfather of ninth-grader Juan Moreno. He said he noticed discipline was a non-issue in the academically focused school.
“I’m not seeing any discipline issues,” he said. “The students here want to learn. It’s great.”
He was also happy to have an invitation to visit the school to see the culture up close. He even suggested he might be a little more understanding of his stepson’s fatigue.
“This lets us be a part of their world,” he said. “I might be a little more sympathetic. He works hard here and then comes home to deal with mom and dad.”
School leaders have worked hard to offer a variety of clubs and sports. Later in the month, seniors will host a sunrise breakfast and the end of the month is ECHS’s Spirit Week and homecoming dance.