Richland Collegiate High School

RCHS in the News

November 11, 2007 - Dallas Morning News Article
RCHS student Jasmine Thomas was featured as a Dallas Morning News "Good Kid." Click here to read her profile.

August 14, 2007 - Dallas Morning News Article
The Dallas Morning News published an article mentioning RCHS' "Exemplary" rating from TEA. Click here to read story

June 10, 2007 - Dallas Morning News Article
RCHS grad Kevin Kotamarti was featured as a Dallas Morning News "Good Kid." Wednesday, August 13. Click here to read his profile.

November 20, 2006 - Congratulations to Richland Collegiate High School
Congratulations to Richland Collegiate High School students Caitlin Taylor and Kevin Kotomarti who have been selected for membership in the Richland College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)! PTK is an internationally recognized academic honor society for community and junior college students. To qualify, Caitlin and Kevin had to complete at least 12 college-level credit hours with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and currently be taking 6 credit hours or more in a program leading to an associate degree. Both Caitlin and Kevin earned enough hours in summer school to qualify for PTK membership this semester. They will be inducted into Richland College's PTK chapter at a ceremony this Sunday.


April 3, 2006 – RCHS RECEIVES OVER 200 APPLICATIONS, LOTTERY SCHEDULED
The RCHS received more than 275 eligible applications for admission to the first junior class. Since the enrollment maximum is 200 students, this necessitates a lottery.

The lottery will be held on April 17, 2006, beginning at 7:00 pm in the West Breezeway on the Richland College campus between Alamito Hall and Crockett Hall. Numbers representing all of the applicants will be drawn. The first 200 applicants whose numbers are drawn will be admitted to the RCHS. The other applicants will have their numbers drawn to create a waiting list that will be used to replace students who decline the admissions offer.

Applicants and their families and interested community members are encouraged to attend the lottery. Those applicants who are admitted that evening can pick up their enrollment packages at that time. Applicants who are admitted, but who cannot attend the lottery, will be notified the next morning.


January 2, 2006 – Dallas Morning News, EDUCATION NOTES
Take NOTE
Students sought for new high school at Richland

Richland Collegiate High School is accepting applications for students. The school, which opens in fall 2006 on the Richland College campus in Dallas, will start with 200 high school juniors who will complete their last two years of high school while earning college credit. In fall 2007, RCHS will include juniors and seniors. Tuition will be free, and the curriculum will focus on mathematics, science and engineering.

Applications will be accepted from Tuesday to March 31 for students entering the 11th grade in fall 2006. For more information or to apply, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/rchs or call 972-238-6919.


January 1, 2006 – Dallas Morning News, NEWS BRIEFS
High school application

Applications will be accepted Tuesday through March 31 for Richland Collegiate High School, which opens next fall. Applicants must be students who will be in the 11th grade next fall. The school will open with 200 high school juniors, who will be able to complete their last two years of high school and earn college credits.

The school will be tuition-free. Students may join the Richland College choir, bands, orchestras, theater productions, student newspaper, intramural, athletics and student government. The school will include juniors and seniors in fall 2007.
For applications, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/rchs/admissions.htm. For information about the school, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/rchs or call 972-238-6919 .


December 28, 2005 – Quick
Students wanted

Richland Collegiate High School is accepting applications for its inaugural year beginning next fall. The school is looking for juniors who will complete their last two years of high school while earning college credit. Tuition is free, and the curriculum will focus on math, science and engineering. Applications will be accepted from Jan. 3 to March 31. Get one at www.richlandcollege.edu. 972-238-6919.


December 24, 2005 – Mon the Gazette
Charter High School At Richland College Seeking Applications

Apply now to be one of the first students at Richland Collegiate High School(RCHS)!
RCHS, which opens in Fall 2006, will start out with 200 high school juniors. These students will be able to complete their last two years of high school as well as earn college credits. In the Fall of 2007, RCHS will include juniors and seniors.
RCHS' curriculum will focus on mathematics, science and engineering.

The school will be tuition-free, and students will be issued a laptop computer.

Students at RCHS won't miss out on many of the classic high school activities. They can participate in the Richland College choir, bands and orchestras, theater productions, The Richland Chronicle student newspaper, intramural, athletics, and student government.

RCHS will accept applications for admission from Jan. 3 to March 31 for students who will be in the 11th grade in Fall 2006. Application forms are available on the admissions portion of the RCHS website, www.richlandcollege.edu/rchs/admissions.php.

Richland Collegiate High School, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/rchs or call 972-238-6919.


October 19, 2005 – Dallas Morning News Article
The “Dallas Morning News” published an article about the RCHS in the Metro section of the newspaper.


October 18, 2005 – State Board approves RCHS
The State Board of Education approved a charter for Richland Collegiate High School to open in Fall 2006. The decision was unanimous. RCHS will start accepting applications for admission between Jan. 3, 2006, and March 31, 2006. Application forms will be available at the RCHS offices and through the RCHS website beginning on Dec. 1, 2005.


September 16, 2005 – State Board of Education Meeting Canceled
The State Board of Education canceled its meetings scheduled for September 14-16, delaying any votes on new charter schools.

The Committee on Planning of the Board will meet on September 28 in Austin to make its recommendations for charters for the next year. The State Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting to be held in Austin on October 18, starting at 9:00 a.m., to consider applications for new charter schools and to approve these charters.


September 8, 2005 – RCHS Presentation to the State Board's Committee on Planning
The Richland Collegiate High School was presented to the Committee on Planning of the State Board of Education by Jerry Prater, Chair of the DCCCD Board of Trustees; Steve Mittelstet, President of Richland College; and Richland staff members David Canine, Ron Clark, and Finney Varghese. The application was one of 17 reviewed by the Committee prior to making its recommendations for charters to the State Board of Education.

Members of the Committee and staff members from the Texas Education Agency listened to the presentation, then asked questions to clarify various issues related to the RCHS. The five Committee members will meet later to make their recommendations.


July 11, 2005 – RCHS Application Forwarded to the Next Step!
Richland College officials received word today from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) that the application for the Richland Collegiate High School scored at a high level and has been referred to the State Board of Education’s Committee on Planning. Jerry Prater, chair of the Dallas County Community College Board of Trustees and Dr. Steve Mittelstet, President of Richland College, will meet with members of the Committee on Planning on September 8 to explain the concept of the RCHS and to answer questions from committee members.

The Committee on Planning will interview representatives from 21 organizations whose applications scored above the 75% level. The Committee will then meet on September 15 to consider each application. The Committee will vote to determine which applications will be recommended to the State Board of Education for approval. The State Board of Education will then meet on September 16 to award the charters for this generation of charter schools.


June 19, 2005 – Dallas Morning News Article
The “Dallas Morning News” published an article about the RCHS in the Richardson section of the newspaper.


March 2005 – RCHS Application Determined “Complete”
Richland College officials received official notification from the Texas Education Agency that the application for the RCHS has been determined to be “complete.” The application will now be reviewed by TEA staff members and external reviewers who will score sections of the application based upon the rules for charter schools in Texas. Applications that score above 75% will be recommended to the State Board of Education for further consideration.


February 23, 2005 – RCHS Application Submitted!
Richland College Vice President for Institutional Advancement David Canine delivered the application for the Richland Collegiate High School to the Texas Education Agency offices in Austin today. The application will now be reviewed by TEA staff members to assure it is complete.


January 20, 2005 – Public Hearing Held for the RCHS
More than 80 interested parents, potential students, and educators gathered in the Brazos Gallery at Richland College for a public hearing about the proposed Richland Collegiate High School. Dr. Steve Mittelstet, President of Richland College, presented information about the high school and fielded questions on a variety of topics related to the high school.

January 12, 2005 – DCCCD Board Approves RCHS Application
The Dallas County Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a motion to submit an application to the Texas Education Agency for a charter to open the Richland Collegiate High School in Fall 2006. The application will now be prepared for delivery to the TEA by February 24, 2005.

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