On May 6, 2016, Rapoport Academy held its Generation Texas Decision Day, a college signing event for high school seniors. The entire high school including teachers, staff, parents and all 161 students celebrated with the Class of 2016 seniors. Each of the 32 senior students applied and were admitted to one or more colleges or universities. This day was set aside for the students to commit to their final selection in postsecondary education.
Collectively the class earned more than 550 hours of college credit and were awarded more than $1,040,000 in scholarships and academic awards.
Rapoport seniors were accepted into the following colleges and universities: Baylor, Texas Tech University, Abilene Christian University, Southern Methodists University, Texas State University, Stephen F. Austin University, Tyler Junior College, Tarleton State, Sam Houston State, the University of North Texas, McLennan Community College, Lamar University, Texas State Technical College, University of Mary Hardin Baylor, and Rollins College (FL). Additionally seniors were accepted at the University of Texas campuses in Austin, Arlington, and Tyler. Students were also admitted to the Texas A&M University campuses at College Station, Commerce, Corpus, and Prairie View.
There was another reason for Rapoport Academy to mark the occasion: Paul Shattschneider was the first Early College High School (ECHS) dual graduate. Rapoport Academy has participated in the Early College High School Program since 2007 and has partnerships with Texas State Technical College and McLennan County Junior College.
As a freshman, Paul was determined to achieve this designation and diligently worked towards his goal. Paul is also McLennan County Junior College's first ECHS dual graduate and earned his Associates degree on May 10 and his high school diploma on May 28 from Rapoport. While Paul was accepted to several colleges and earned several scholarships, he decided to attend Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida with $240,000 in scholarships and awards.
Paul is the first dual graduate and many rising seniors are on track to earn this distinction in the next academic year.
TCSA congratulates Rapoport Academy, the Class of 2016 and their families for a job well done!