Increase in OHS registrations
October 2 â With a total enrollment of 32,026, the Ector County ISD has sold out rooms in its high schools and comprehensive colleges.
Elementary campuses are a mixed bag. And new this year is the Odessa YMCA Learning Center, which has 135 children aged three and four.
Enrollment at Odessa High School has reached over 4,000, while Permian High School is at 3,821.
Permian has a larger freshman class at 1,303 than the OHS, which has 1,136 ninth graders.
The number of students in Grades 9 to 12 decreases as they increase. There are 1,029 second year students at OHS; 989 juniors and 851 seniors.
In the Permian, there are 971 second year students; 837 juniors and 710 seniors.
George HW New Tech Odessa reached 442 students in grades 9-12.
Among the first high schools, OCTECHS has 354 students and Odessa Collegiate Academy 374 students.
OHS Director Mauricio Marquez said this year was one of the largest registrations the campus had in several years.
âIt was great to see all of the students returning to campus after doing blended and distance learning last year.
âStudents need to go back to school, not only for their education, but also for their social and emotional needs.
âOur teachers, administrators and staff have appreciated the feedback from our students this year,â Marquez said in an email.
At the same time, Marquez acknowledged that OHS is in overcapacity.
âWe currently have 14 laptops and 17 classroom-less teachers who have to float from classroom to classroom,â he said.
As grades increase from ninth grade, class sizes decrease.
âThere are several reasons for the higher number of ninth grade students. One of the key factors is that students do not get the necessary credits to be considered sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Unfortunately, some of these students who did not get their credits are due to excessive absences. The state of Texas requires students to be 90% in attendance in order to receive their credits. We also have students who unfortunately leave school to pursue work in the oil and gas industry, which impacts those numbers and our dropout rates, âMarquez said.
He added that there are a lot of things they do to support ninth graders and beyond.
âOur district has a transition plan in place for the ninth graders. This year they have had two days on campus before the sophomores, juniors and seniors attend. The purpose of this plan transition was to ensure that our ninth graders were made feel welcome, as it can be overwhelming for any college student to come from a campus of around 1,000 students to a large comprehensive high school of 4 000. We divided the entire ninth grade class into smaller groups and held campus-wide presentations for students to familiarize themselves with the campus. We also used these two days to provide guidance to all of the students. ninth grade students regarding the importance of grades, attendance and use of all the courses we have to offer, âhe wrote.
âOur advisors and administrators hosted presentations on opportunities to take advanced courses in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Credit and OnRamps, which represents an incredible opportunity for students to earn college credit while in high school. They also presented all the excellent opportunities that we offer as part of our vocational and technical training programs, âhe added.
âWe continue to provide ongoing support to all of our students throughout the year. It is imperative that our students get involved in some aspect of our school, be it athletics, fine arts, CTE , academics or one of our many clubs on campus. Students need to feel connected to our school, “Marquez said.
Ultimately, he said, it’s about building relationships with each student.
âIt is our responsibility and our responsibility to ensure that every student feels welcome and supported,â Marquez wrote.
Nimitz Middle School leads college enrollment with 1,433 students.
Ector College Prep Success Academy, a charter school in the district, has 1,369 students; Wilson & Young Medal of Honor Middle School has 1,257 students; Bonham Middle School has 987 students; Bowie has 1,024; and Crockett Middle School has 995.
Among elementary schools, Fly has the highest enrollment at 948; Buice has 842 students; Jordan has 778; West has 637; and Cavazos has 669, as examples.
Reagan Elementary School has 607 students and Hays 410.
Ross has one of the smallest numbers at 375.
Travis has 292, but he only has grades three through five.
Zavala has 398 students from preschool to grade two.
The Carver Early Education Center has 303 students and Lamar Early Education Center has 441.