Transmountain Early College High School

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Transmountain Early College High School
9570 Gateway North Boulevard
El Paso, Texas 79924
United States
Coordinates 31°53′04″N 106°26′18″W / 31.884327°N 106.438240°W / 31.884327; -106.438240Coordinates: 31°53′04″N 106°26′18″W / 31.884327°N 106.438240°W / 31.884327; -106.438240
Type Early College High School (Charter)
Motto "We strive for truth, knowledge, and success on the pathway to higher education."
Established 2008
School district EPISD
Principal N/A (temporary)
Faculty 31
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 385 (2013-2014)
Classrooms Portable Classrooms
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Black, Turquoise, Silver
Sports Intramural only
Nickname TMECHS
Team name Mavericks
Yearbook Maverick Trail
Information (915) 832-4270

Transmountain Early College High School, commonly referred to as TMECHS, is the Early College High School for the El Paso Independent School District.[1] TMECHS participates in the STEM School program, and through collaboration with EPCC, allows students to take courses at its Transmountain Campus and receive an Associate degree before their high school graduation. It has also collaborated with the University of Texas at El Paso to allow its advanced students to attend UTEP courses in their senior year upon the early completion of their associate degree. All TMECHS students graduate under the Texas Distinguished Achievement Plan, which requires that they conduct original research under the guidance of professionals in their field.[2] Its students are representative of all geographic areas of the city. A lottery and interview process are used to select the 125 student freshman class each year since 2008.[3]

Accelerated Graduation Plan[edit]

The TMECHS administration have designed and successfully implemented a program to allow advanced TMECHS students to complete their associate degrees by the end of their Junior year, and to attend UTEP courses their senior year. The first 27 of these early graduates have successfully completed their EPCC degrees and moved on to 4 year universities.[4] An arrangement was established by the school district to provide bus transportation for TMECHS students to and from UTEP by sharing the bus route already in place for the International Baccalaureate program students of Coronado High School.

Student spaceflight experiment[edit]

On STS-134, the Space Shuttle Endeavour launched with the science experiment "Effect of Microgravity on Biofilm Formation by E. coli on Polystyrene Particles" designed by TMECHS Juniors Jarisma Rodriguez and Michelle Holguin, as part of the NCESSE Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.[5][6][7] STS-134 was the final mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the penultimate mission of NASA's Space Shuttle program.


To qualify for admission, students must:

  • Pass the 8th grade TAKS on the first attempt.
  • Maintain at least a 70% average in Middle School.
  • Send in an application.
  • Conduct an interview.


TMECHS does not offer school-sponsored competitive sports. However, it does offer intramural sports including American football, volleyball, soccer, and basketball.[8]


TMECHS offers band, orchestra, piano, and guitar as electives, but does not participate in district-sponsored musical competitions such as Solo & Ensemble or All-Region competitions.


  • Glee Club
  • Robotics
  • Student Government
  • Yearbook
  • UIL
  • Mock Trial
  • Academic Decathlon
  • National Honor Society
  • Community Service
  • Super SAC
  • Announcement Crew
  • Talent Show Crew
  • High Q[9]
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • Karaoke Lunch
  • Film Club

Available Degree Plans[edit]

This is a comprehensive list of the associate degree plans available for TMECHS students.[10]

Associate of Science[edit]

  • Architecture
  • Biology
  • Biological Sciences-Pre Dentistry
  • Biological Sciences-Pre Medicine,
  • Biological Sciences-Pre Pharmacy
  • Biological Sciences-Pre Veterinary
  • Chemistry
  • General Studies
  • Geological Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Associate of Arts[edit]

  • Computer Science
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Industrial/Mechanical/Metallurgical/Materials Engineering
  • Teacher Preparation


  1. ^ "Early College High School Initiative". Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "DAP FAQ". Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "27 TMECHS students fitting in at UTEP". EPISD. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "NASA - El Paso, Texas". NASA. Archived from the original on 6 May 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "El Paso Community College students watch shuttle launch with their project aboard". 
  7. ^ "Selected Experiments on STS-134:". SSEP Community Network. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Athletic Performance - TMECHS". Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "KCOS High Q Episodes". 
  10. ^ "TMECHS Facts". Retrieved 15 May 2010. 

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