Excellence in Education
Preparing Students for Advanced Careers
In Alief ISD, it is about preparation. This year, and every year really, we prepare our more than 2700 graduates for post-secondary success through a meaningful education. With the 2013 passing of Texas House Bill 5(HB5), significant changes were made to our State’s curriculum and graduation requirements. This would lay the groundwork for more flexibility in the path to graduation that meets our economy’s needs. Not lowering the standards but providing Texas students access to learning choices for career and college pathways. Students now have options and opportunities that our workforce has been demanding.
In Alief ISD, we are making a conscious and strategic effort in planning curriculum for students to graduate from our schools with the skills needed to enter college, the workforce or the military. We have reached out to corporations and companies to asking what graduates need to become employable once leaving us. Considering the input, we provide students with training to receive workplace certifications through our diverse Career and Technical Education Programs.
For example, students have access to graduate with certifications in Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, floral design, nurse aide, automotive service excellence and OSHA. With the opening in the Spring of 2018 of our new Advanced Career and Academics Center, we will have pathways for careers that will culminate at the Center for careers in automotive technology, veterinary technician, culinary arts, welding, construction, manufacturing engineering, computer maintenance and networking, digital design, and health science. We have even begun a partnership, the Alief ISD Bio-Tech Early College High School, with the University of Houston-Downtown to provide qualified students access to obtaining their pharmacy technician certification along with their high school diploma.
Our comprehensive Alief Early College High School continues to graduate high school seniors with their Associate’s Degree as students earn their high school diploma simultaneously. In addition, students throughout our district are earning college credit hours through our dual credit courses. Many earning enough credits to begin college as sophomores, saving their families thousands of dollars in higher education costs.
We remain focused on growing our Junior ROTC programs, ensuring that Alief ISD students choosing to enter the military are prepared physically and academically to serve the country. Currently, more than 600 students participate in our ROTC programs with the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.
Our goal is not simply to produce high school graduates, but graduates with the knowledge and skills required for the next phase of their life. We are committed to making each student’s post-high school experience meaningful and useful.
Alief ISD Superintendent