Meet Esmeralda Baez Who Just Completed High School in Two Years
Esmeralda Baez enrolled at Evolution Academy Charter School in the fall of 2015 as a true freshman and completed the requirements for graduation in just two years. At just sixteen years old, Baez completed the Texas recommended graduation program with 28 credits to best prepare her for college.
Esmeralda first heard about Evolution Academy from her cousin, who previously graduated from the progressive Texas-based charter school. She was looking for alternatives to the massive high schools in her home-school district and she found her perfect fit at Evolution Academy. She set her goal to graduate early and she took advantage of every resource provided by Evolution Academy, including computer-based classes, credit by exam and summer school. In fact, she completed her Spanish II class in just three weeks. “I wanted to complete high school early, so I could start college earlier,” said Baez. “The teachers and the staff at Evolution Academy supported me every step of the way.”
Esmeralda’s family is very proud of her and are impressed with Evolution Academy, its staff and course offerings. She has recommended the school to family members and friends and her sister is now enrolled at Evolution Academy as well.
“We are proud of Esmeralda and all that she has accomplished,” said Cynthia Trigg, superintendent and founder of Evolution Academy Charter Schools. “The blue print is set, and other students can realize the dream of a high school diploma if the follow the plan and stay the course. It may be difficult, but not impossible.”
Now that she has checked high school off the list, Esmeralda plans to enroll in college and has her sights set on majoring in psychology and becoming a psychiatrist. “Education is something you really need,” said Baez. “I knew it was important for me to take my education seriously, so I could reach my goals.”
Founded in 2002, Evolution Academy offers one-on-one attention with a mix of traditional and computer-based instruction, which enables students to earn 2 or more credit hours every nine weeks, allowing them to catch up or graduate early. The main campus in Richardson includes a science lab, fitness center and wellness program, piano lab, culinary arts program, full-service cafeteria and a state-of-the-art music studio where students can write and produce music. The school also offers multiple career and technical education courses that prepare students for certificates in professional fields. Students who enroll also receive monthly DART bus passes provided by Evolution Academy, so they won’t have to worry about how to get to school.
To date, Evolution Academy has graduated more than 2500 students, many of whom were unsuccessful in traditional school settings. Evolution Academy graduates have gone on to graduate from some of the top colleges and universities in the country, enlist in military service and embark on productive careers in the workforce. Evolution Academy has campuses in Richardson, Beaumont and Houston, Texas and has open enrollment year-round on all three campuses. Students can enroll online at http://www.evolutionacademy.org or visit one of the campuses to enroll in person.
About Evolution Academy Charter School
Evolution Academy is a public charter high school, serving students grades 9-12, with campuses in Richardson, Houston and Beaumont. The school offers two convenient sessions, Monday – Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. http://www.evolutionacademy.org.