TTUISD Partnership In Brazil Reaches Record Growth

by ANNA WOODLOCK

November 11, 2010

For more than 10 years, Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUISD) has been an educational partner with schools in Brazil. Currently, TTUISD has more than 670 students enrolled from 11 Brazilian schools. These students are able to pursue a Texas high school diploma without ever leaving their country. On Oct. 23, a graduation ceremony was held in Vitoria, Brazil where graduating students were presented with a dual-diploma.

“We continue to expand our relationships with our partner schools and look forward to forming additional partnerships,” said Holly Watson, interim superintendent of TTUISD.

Schools that participate in this partnership include Centro Leonardo Da Vinci, Dante, Edna Roriz, Magno, Pentágono, Pio XII, São Miguel, Dinâmica, Notre Dame, Jean Piaget and Christus. Since the start of the program, over 200 students have graduated with a Texas high school diploma. In 2011, seven new schools will join the program: Damas, Santa Cecília, Master, GayLussac, CLQ, Portal de Limeira, and Agostiniano São José.

For acceptance into the program, students must pass an admission exam based on the 8th grade English TAKS test. In order to graduate with a TTUISD diploma, students have to take and pass the TAKS exit level exam which consists of science, mathematics, social studies and English portions.

Texas Tech University elementary, middle and high schools are accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and all courses are developed using Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) requirements established by the TEA. Texas Tech University Independent School District was initially established by the State Board of Education in fall 1993 as a Texas public high school able to offer high school diplomas at a distance. Texas Tech University Elementary School and Texas Tech University Middle School were added to TTUISD in fall 1998.

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