HISD has selected the 18 high schools whose students will be receiving laptop computers in the 2014-2015 school year in the second phase of PowerUp, the district’s one-to-one digital transformation initiative.
The campuses in the next phase are:
• Challenge Early College High School
• Davis High School
• East Early College High School
• Eastwood Academy
• High School for Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice
• Houston Academy for International Studies
• Lamar High School
• Liberty High School
• Long Academy
• Milby High School
• Reagan High School
• Scarborough High School
• Sharpstown International High School
• Waltrip High School
• Westbury High School
• Westside High School
• Wheatley High School
• Yates High School
A team from several HISD departments chose the schools based on the 2012 bond construction schedule, current infrastructure upgrades, grade level/course offerings and networking infrastructure currently in place or scheduled for completion by the 2014-2015 school year.
High schools that are being rebuilt as in Group 1 of the 2012 bond weren’t included because construction would pose a conflict. Virtual schools, campuses not located in HISD facilities, external charter schools, and campuses without adequate networking infrastructure and no available funding source to create that infrastructure are excluded from PowerUp.
Three high schools have already received laptops in the Phase 1 pilot, and students at eight other campuses will join the program in January. All remaining schools will be scheduled to join PowerUp by 2016, in Phase III.
As part of the rollout, parent informational meetings have been taking place with high levels of participation, and teachers at the first 11 PowerUp campuses are receiving ongoing training and support to incorporate the laptops into their instruction.