Category Archives: Richland Collegiate High School

RCHS public hearing scheduled for Nov. 9

As required by the Texas Education Agency, Richland Collegiate High School will conduct a public hearing to report the school’s 2010 financial management report. The hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m., Nov. 9 at the Dallas County Community College District’s office located at 1601 South Lamar Street, Dallas, Texas 75215.

For more information, please contact the school’s superintendent, Donna Walker, at 972-761-6880 or DWalker1@dcccd.edu.


Richland Collegiate High School to host Information Session

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) will host an information session at 7-9 p.m., Thursday, November 18, for the upcoming application period beginning in November. RCHS is a unique charter school for high school juniors and seniors. Students can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses and earning college credits with a focus on mathematics, science, and engineering or visual, performing, and digital arts. RCHS recently received its fourth consecutive “Exemplary” rating from the Texas Education Agency. RCHS students can graduate from Richland College with an associate of arts degree at the same time as earning their high school diploma. Tuition and books are free, making RCHS an educational and affordable choice.

Other information session dates include:

Thursday, January. 27, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, February 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday, February 24, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, February 26, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

To register for a session, go to
http://www.richlandcollege.edu/rchs/infoSession. For more
information, call 972-761-6888.


RCHS celebrates its fourth consecutive TEA “Exemplary” rating

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) gears up for its fifth school year on the heels of its recent “Exemplary” rating from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The four-year-old charter high school is housed on the Richland College campus. To earn an exemplary rating, at least 90 percent of a school’s students must pass the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) and 95 percent of the students must graduate on time or continue high school for a fifth year.

Students in this unique program can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses with a focus on mathematics, science, engineering or visual, performing, and digital arts. RCHS students can graduate from Richland College with an associate of arts degree at the same time as earning their high school diploma.

For more details about RCHS’ recent TEA ratings or the upcoming RCHS school year, please contact Anitra Cotton at 972-238-6022 or anitracotton@dcccd.edu.


RCHS top 10 percent made up of students from several N. Texas cities
RCHS Valedictorian Haron Abdel-Raziq, left, and Salutatorian Omar Mezenner

RCHS Valedictorian Haron Abdel-Raziq, left, and Salutatorian Omar Mezenner

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) recently celebrated the Class of 2010, led by Valedictorian Haron Mahmoud Abdel-Raziq of Richardson and Salutatorian Omar Mezenner of Garland. Haron plans to attend Texas A&M University and Omar will go to the California Institute of Technology.

Students from several North Texas cities rounded out the top 10 percent of Class of 2010. These students completed their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses and earning college credits. They are:

  • Eda A. Villeda-Principe of Garland plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas
  • Jessica Ann Barner of Richardson plans to attend Southern Methodist University
  • Huy Duc Le of Garland plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin
  • Cheryl Ann Thomas of Mesquite plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin
  • Ashley S. Varghese of Mesquite plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Renita Aby Thomas of Mesquite plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Becca Obiageri Abara of Anna plans to attend Northwestern University
  • Amber N. Habib of Richardson plans to attend Richland College
  • Yasemin Sultan Polat of Sachse plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas
  • Michael M. Choy of Dallas plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas
  • Mark Raymond Villareal of Mesquite plans to attend Baylor University
  • Caroline Elizabeth Creasman of Carrollton plans to attend the University of Dallas

RCHS is a unique charter school designed to provide a rigorous academic experience for high school juniors and seniors. Students can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses and earning college credits with a focus on mathematics, science, and engineering or visual, performing, and digital arts (beginning Fall 2010). Students have the opportunity to graduate with both their high school diploma and an associate degree, ready to transfer to a four-year university. For more information, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/rchs.


This week’s RLC update – RCHS administrators learn about informing, engaging, inspiring at National Charter School Conference

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) Deputy Superintendent Donna Walker, Principal Kristyn Edney, and Director of Admissions Debbi Richards attended the National Charter School Conference in Chicago this week. The conference theme, “Innovators in Education: Leading the Race to the Top,” focused on three topics: Inform, Engage, and Inspire. Presenters included Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Reed Hastings, Netflix founder, chairman and CEO; Arne Duncan, secretary of education for the U.S. Department of Education; and Joe Scarborough, former Florida congressman.


This week’s RLC update – RCHS Class of 2010 celebrates at Granville Center

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) seniors were joined by DCCCD Board Chair Jerry Prater to celebrate 12th grade graduation success during the annual RCHS Graduation Celebration at the Granville Center in Garland on the evening of June 3. Class of 2010 Valedictorian Haron Abdel-Raziq and Salutatorian Omar Mezzener were announced and each gave remarks. The 15 seniors honored as the Top 10 Percent of the graduating class were also announced, and volunteer class mentors from the RCHS Student Government were recognized and presented leadership certificates. Richland Adjunct English Instructor Patty Hatcher was voted by the senior class to deliver the keynote address. She was also recognized for her dedication to the Senior Capstone Project initiative and SAT preparation classes.


This week’s RLC update – RCHS elects new Student Government Association representatives

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) juniors are vying this week for leadership spots for the 2010-11 RCHS Student Government Association. Election campaigns came to a close on May 27, and tabulations took place on May 28 to determine the new slate of RCHS student leaders. The 2010 RCHS seniors/graduates are making last-minute preparations for their Senior Celebration and awards ceremony on June 3 at the Granville Center in Garland.


This week’s RLC update – RCHS junior named to Teen in the Driver Seat advisory board

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) junior Ana Garcia has been accepted to serve on the 2010-2011 Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS) Teen Advisory Boar. She met with state legislators during the advisory board tour of the Texas State Capitol during TBS Day on May 6 and was recognized by Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade at a reception. TDS is the nation’s first peer-to-peer safety program for young drivers, involving teenagers directly in developing and delivering driving safety messages. The goal of TDS is to raise awareness of the top driving dangers for teens and prevent crashes involving young drivers. The program empowers teens to spread the word among their peers about deadly driving risks and encourage them to make smart choices while behind the wheel and as passengers. TDS is committed to fighting the number-one killer of teenagers in America.


This week’s RLC update – RCHS senior awarded Horatio Alger Texas Scholarship

Congratulations to Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) Senior Oscar Amaya, who recently was named a recipient of a 2010 Horatio Alger Texas Scholarship in the amount of $5,000. The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans reaches out directly to the nation’s young people with a message of hope, opportunity, responsibility, and perseverance and provides financial assistance to students who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Scholarship application criteria also require status as a graduating senior 2010, commitment to pursuing a bachelor’s degree, and U.S. citizenship. The association awarded approximately $7 million in scholarships throughout the nation this year.


This week’s RLC update – RCHS juniors finish TAKS testing

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) juniors recently completed the three Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) exams this spring mandated by the Texas Education Agency. On April 28 they completed the mathematics exam; on April 29 the science exam; and April 30 the social studies exam. RCHS juniors submitted all required course work in their college classes prior to the testing dates, or after testing dates with instructor permission, to cover the college class instruction they missed during the three, day-long testing days.