Archive for January, 2010

East Austin College Prep Academy Students Celebrate Xmas

The students of Southwest Key’s East Austin College Prep Academy had a special 2009 holiday party courtesy of the kindness of staff at AMD, U.T.’s Academic Counseling Association, 3M and Southwest Key Programs.

Thank you again for your generosity and holiday spirit!

Here’s a short video are about the pizza party and the smiles it generated.

January 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm 1 comment

Vote in 2010 at Southwest Key’s Community Center

We are proud to announce that our headquarters at 6002 Jain Lane, Austin, TX, will be the official polling station for Precinct 123 in East Austin.

The 2010 voting dates and times are as follows;

Friday, Feb 19 – Early Voting 9 – 6pm (any registered voter in Travis County can vote here)

Tuesday, Mar 2 – Primary election  7 – 7pm (only registered precinct voters can vote here)

Tuesday, Apr 5 – Primary runoff election  7 – 7pm (only registered precinct voters can vote here)

Saturday, June 12 –Uniform election 7 – 7pm (only registered precinct voters can vote here)

Tuesday, November 2 – Uniform election  7 – 7pm (only registered precinct voters can vote here)

January 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm Leave a comment

Southwest Key Programs Staff Awards

Post by Joella Brooks, Deputy Executive Director, Southwest Key Programs.

It is with great pleasure that I can announce the following individuals were honored during the annual Southwest Key Program Staff Awards Banquet for their outstanding performance. In addition, we recognized a number of employees who celebrated their 10 year anniversary with Southwest Key Programs.

I am thankful to all employees of the Southwest Key Family. We are only as strong as our employees and your commitment to excellence every day means a brighter future for all the kids and families we serve.  Thank you again for everything you do!

Please join me in congratulating the following award winners.

Angel Award:                                    Angel Man, Accountant

Program of the Year:                       La Esperanza Home for Boys

Program Director of the Year:     Ismael Avilez, El Cajon, California

Employee of the Year:                     Latoya Clark, Quality Improvement Lead, Erie County Programs, NY

10 Year Service Award Recipients.

Diana Anzaldua

Angel Man

Richard Martinez

Maria Percastegui

Jose Riojas

Valerie Joiner

Eleazar Rivas

Renae Mendez

Leticia Buitureira

Maria Cabrera

Jose Chavez

Manuel Galan

Marjorie Hoffman

Nelly Reed

German Rivera

Yvonne Vela

Lige Shen

David Escarsega

Sergio Rodriguez

Mario Tapia

Raul Herrera

Guadalupe Yee

Mario Campos

Alfredo Chavira

Marissa Gonzalez

Josefina Rodriguez

January 26, 2010 at 11:49 am Leave a comment

Hispanic Heritage Night with the Austin Toros Supporting Southwest Key Programs

It’s Hispanic Heritage Night with the Austin Toros and you’re invited to join us at this special event, Thursday, January 28 at 7.30pm!

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night, for every ticket sold through this webpage, the Austin Toros will generously donate $1 from each ticket to Southwest Key Programs for the construction of a canopy for our school’s outdoor basketball court.

The process is simple, the seats are great, and your tickets will be waiting for you at the arena will-call booth the night of the game.

Click here for VIP Pricing for all Friends of Southwest Key Programs!
**Mid-Level “Blue” Seating – $9 (Normally $14)**

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28TH
TOROS vs. LOS ANGELES D-FENDERS – 7:30PM
AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER
(Entrance at 4th and Red River)

Parking is available for $7 in the parking garage at 5th and Red River.
Reminder – Full-price tickets available at the door for $14. Get your tickets while supplies last!

For any questions, call Perri Travillion at 512.236.8333 or email ptravillion@austintoros.com.

Hispanic Heritage Night with the Austin Toros

It’s Hispanic Heritage Night with the Austin Toros and you’re invited to be our guests at this special event!
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night, for every ticket sold through this webpage, $1 will be donated to Southwest Key Programs for the construction of a canopy for their school’s outdoor basketball court.
The process is simple, the seats are great, and your tickets will be waiting for you at the arena will-call booth the night of the game.
VIP Pricing for all Friends of Southwest Key Programs!
**Mid-Level “Blue” Seating – $9 (Normally $14)**
THURSDAY, JANUARY 28TH
TOROS vs. LOS ANGELES D-FENDERS – 7:30PM
AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER
(Entrance at 4th and Red River)
Parking is available for $7 in the parking garage at 5th and Red River.
Reminder – Full-price tickets available at the door for $14. Get your tickets while supplies last!
For any questions, call Perri Travillion at 512.236.8333 or email ptravillion@austintoros.com.

January 20, 2010 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

SWKey Programs CEO Dr. Juan Sánchez on KOOP Radio, Weds Jan 20, 12 noon

Wednesday Jan 20,  91.7 FM KOOP Radio’s award winning show “A Neighborly Conversation” brings you “An Inspiring Community Success Story;  SW Key’s Innovative Model.

SW Key Founder/CEO Dr. Juan Sánchez, community leader and PODER Co-Director Suzana Almanza, and SW Key success story Santos Martinez, will be live in the studio talking about the work of SW Key Programs in East Austin. David Kobierowski is host.

Listen to the recording here;

The “A Neighborly Conversation” radio team won the Austin Chronicle Best of 08′ Radio Talk Show/News Host Category and the 2008 Silver Mic Awards “Most Outstanding Overall News/Public Affairs Program.

January 19, 2010 at 11:33 am Leave a comment

East Austin College Prep Academy Now Accepting Applications for 2010 School Year!

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2010 SCHOOL YEAR
Deadline for submission is April 1, 2010

NOTE: The deadline for submitting an application for the 2010 school year was April 1, 2010. We have received more applications than we have positions available and have started a waiting list. New applications will be accepted but added to that waiting list.

east austin college prep academy

You may pick up an application at 6002 Jain Lane, Austin, TX 78721 OR

download and print or email the form using the links below:

2010 Admissions Application (English)

2010 Solicitud Para Estudiantes Nuevos (Español)

Located at: 6002 Jain Lane, Austin, Texas 78721

Contact

Dr. Nellie Cantú, Superintendent/Principal
East Austin College Prep Academy
6002 Jain Lane, Austin, Texas 78721
512.287.5000

About the East Austin College Prep Academy

Southwest Key Programs is proud to present the East Austin College Prep Academy, an innovative, tuition-free charter middle school open to all students living in East Austin. The Academy accepted its first class of 90 sixth graders in 2009, and will open its seventh and eighth grade campuses in 2010 and 2011. The new school is located at Southwest Key’s East Austin Community Development Center, a 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility constructed in 2008. This Academy is the realization of a long standing dream to have a community middle school located right in the heart of the Johnston Terrace neighborhood.

At the East Austin College Prep Academy, students will be empowered to set their expectations high and will leave prepared to succeed in high school and go on to college. The Academy’s curriculum is based on the highly successful YES College Prep model in Houston, which was just ranked #52 among the top 100 schools in America, according to US News and World Report. The school provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with a strong foundation in math and science, while offering a balanced program that also nurtures the arts and community service.

Southwest Key Programs is the 4th largest Hispanic nonprofit in the country, nationally accredited and recognized for its culturally-competent educational programming. Founded in 1987 with a diverse workforce of over 1,100 employees, Southwest Key operates 55 programs in 6 states, including four highly successful alternative schools in Texas.

east austin college prep academyAddressing the needs of Texas’ diverse student population is a top priority for Southwest Key Programs. According to the U.S. Census, the number of Latino students in U.S. public schools almost doubled between 1990 and 2006, with Texas as one of four states where the Latino public school student population is more than 40 percent of all students. By using Southwest Key as a culturally relevant resource, the East Austin College Prep Academy is in a position to help the area’s high school students raise their test scores, receive valuable assistance in preparing students and their families for higher education, and improve employment opportunities.

Curriculum and Programs

Reading/English language Arts * Math * Science * Social Studies * Visual and Performing Arts * Experiential Student Field Lessons * Extracurricular Clubs and Athletics * Service Learning

What Sets Us Apart

  • Extended school day 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Staff on-call until 9:00 pm
  • 3 week summer session
  • Highly qualify instructors
  • College prep curriculum based on award-winning model
  • Small classes with individualized instruction
  • Brand new school with state-of-the-art classrooms
  • On-site AMD Technology Center
  • Free afterschool programs on campus daily
  • Service learning component
  • Model health program for families
  • Parental and community involvement
  • Innovative bilingual program
  • College-bound graduates!

“Even though charter schools make up only 2% of Texas Public Schools, they make up 20% of the best high schools in Texas. We applaud the East Austin College Prep Academy for creating a partnership with residents of East Austin and providing quality choice in education.” Katie H. Howell, Executive Director of the Resource Center for Charter Schools.

Cost to Attend

FREE! The East Austin College Prep Academy does not charge tuition.

Schedule

6th Grade Campus: Opened August 2009
7th Grade Campus: Opening August 2010, Application Deadline April 1, 2010
8th Grade Campus: Opening August 2011, Application Deadline April 1, 2011

Eligibility

East Austin College Prep Academy is open to any incoming East Austin 6th grader residing in the geographic area east of Interstate 35, south of U.S. Highway 290, west of U.S. Highway 183 and north of State Highway 71. If all available slots are not filled by students living in this primary service area, then any student living in the geographic area served by Austin ISD and Del Valle ISD can apply.

January 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm Leave a comment

East Austin College Prep Academy Students Raised Funds to Help Preserve the Rainforest in the Amazon

The students at Southwest Key Programs, East Austin College Prep Academy (EACPA) have something extraordinary to celebrate this year-they have actively participated in a conservation project in order to better our world!

This project is conducted in thousands of schools across the country via a special network of educators called Earth Foundation. The students at EACPA elected to take on this project after learning about the importance of the Amazon and how the Rainforest plays an essential role in our weather, the prevention of global warming, and how it provides a bounty of food and medicines.

By selling environmental T-shirts, EACPA students raised funds that will protect plants and animals in the Amazon Rainforest. EACPA students and staff are proud to announce that 22 acres of the Amazon Rainforest have been saved due to their efforts! As a result of this accomplishment, EACPA is now a member of the 20 Acre Club and is now nationally recognized!

EACPA encourages others to join their efforts in the race to rescue fragile ecosystems by simply calling (800) 566-6539 or go to www.earthfound.com for more information.

January 6, 2010 at 11:51 am Leave a comment

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