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ASSETS Academy returns to Alvin location By David Rupkalvis Publisher After spending a year in Manvel, the ASSETS Academy has returned to Alvin. The school, which is designed to help students in high school overcome obstacles to succeed, will open Aug. 15 at its old location at 605 W. House. Renae Rives, communications director for Alvin ISD, said the district decided moving the school back to Alvin was better for the students. She explained ASSETS moved a year ago with the idea that the students would be able to work closely with the JB Hensler Academy. “They did a great job there, but after looking at the program and the way it works, the district decided to move it to better serve the students and the program.” ASSETS Academy is designed to help students who struggle in traditional learning environments, for a variety of reasons. ASSETS Principal Brandy Johanson said the school is not for children with

behavioral problems, but is for at-risk students academically. She explained it works well for students who may have been held back a year of failed state tests. The key is smaller classes and a smaller campus. Johanson said the average class has 15 students per teacher and the campus generally has around 180 students. “It provides a family-type environment for those at-risk students and they tend to thrive on a small campus,” she said. Rives said it is not easy to get into ASSETS — it requires an application and teacher recommendation — but those who do get accepted receive extra support to help them excel in high school and in life. Johanson said ASSETS is listed as a “school of choice,” meaning students can attend if they want, but no one can be forced to attend. She said if a student applies, most will be invited to interview. Johanson said the goal at ASSETS is to prepare every student for success — whether that means going to college,

joining the military or being ready to start a career. “Our goal is to get them ready to live a successful adult life and be a contributing member of society,” Johanson said. The goal of preparing students to succeed is easier at ASSETS, Johanson said, largely because the school is smaller and more intimate. “The small environment is what we’ve found to be huge,” she said. “If a student walks through our hallways, every staff member knows their name and some of their story. It’s all about relationships.” Rives echoed the statement, saying ASSETS is another opportunity for Alvin ISD students to find a pathway to success. “It’s not a behavioral thing,” Rives said. “They may just need a little extra boost.” As Johanson prepares for students to return, she is excited to get back to work. “I couldn’t be happier,” she said. “I love this campus and what it represents. I’ve seen the successes.”

After moving to Manvel for one year, ASSETS Academy has returned to its location on House Street in Alvin. The school gives high school students who might struggle elsewhere a chance to excel. (Photo by David Rupkalvis)

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All the schools in Alvin ISD Primary Schools

R.L. Stevenson Primary 281-585-3349 Principal Kim Graham 4715 Mustang Road, Alvin Pre-Kindergarten 8 - 11 a.m. and 12:25 - 3:25 p.m. K-2 8 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.

Elementary Schools Alvin Elementary 281-585-2511 Principal Karla Klyng 220 W. Park Drive, Alvin 8 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.

The first day of school can be tough after a restful summer. On the first day in 2018, one young student took a moment to rest before classes started. (Photo by David Rupkalvis)

Bel Nafegar Sanchez Elementary Don Jeter Elementary 713-814-7000 281-245-3055 Principal Rosemary Principal Tina Reed McCorkle 1721 Sterling Lakes 2455 CR 58, Manvel West Drive, Iowa Colony 8 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. 8 a.m.-3:25 p.m.

Dr. Red Duke Bill Hasse Elementary Elementary 281-245-3400 281-585-3397 Principal Fulvia Shaw Principal DeeDee 11330 Magnolia Baker 1200 House St., Alvin Parkway, Manvel 8 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. 8 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Bob and Betty Nelson E.C. Mason Elementary Elementary 713-814-7300 281-245-2832 14400 County Road Principal Dixie Jones 185, Alvin 7400 Lewis Lane, Principal Tracy Olvera Manvel 8 a.m.-3:25 p.m. 8 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.

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Glenn York Elementary 281-245-2100 Principal Lisa E. Hicks 2720 Kingsley Drive, Pearland 8 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Hood-Case Elementary 281-585-5786 Principal Donna Reynolds 1450 Heights Road, Alvin 8 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary 281-245-3090 Principal Stacie VanLoenen 2225 Kingsley Drive,

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Mark Twain Elementary Meridiana Elementary 281-585-5318 281-245-3636 Principal Brenda Principal Julie Weiss Vincent 9815 Meridiana 345 Kendall Crest Parkway, Iowa Colony Drive, Alvin 8 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. 8 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Pomona Elementary Mary Burks Marek 281-245-3670 Elementary Principal Victoria 281-245-3232 Kwan Principal Roman Nieto 4480 Kirby Drive, 1947 Kirby, Pearland Manvel 8 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. 8 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Melba Passmore Elementary 281-585-6696 Principal Natalie

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Bagley 5151 Savannah Parkway, Rosharon 8 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Shirley Dill Brothers Elementary 281-245-3660 Principal Krystal Hawks 2910 Half Moon Bay Drive, Pearland 8 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.

8:40 a.m. - 4:05 p.m. Fairview Junior High 281-245-3100 Principal Greg Bingham 2600 CR 190, Alvin 8:40 a.m. - 4:05 p.m. G.W. Harby Junior High 281-585-6626 Principal Beth Lawson 1500 Heights Road, Alvin 8:40 a.m. - 4:05 p.m.

Patterson Alvin 101 Palm Desert Drive, 7:20 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. Manvel 8:40 a.m. - 4:05 p.m. Manvel High School 281-245-2232 Principal Aneiqua High Schools Flowers Alvin High School 19601 Highway 6 281-245-3000 7:20 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. Principal Karen Taylor 802 S. Johnson St., Alvin 7:20 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Shadow Creek High School 281-245-3800 Principal Kelly Hestand 11850 Broadway, Pearland 7:20 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.

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JB Hensler College Walt Disney and Career Academy Elementary 281-245-2160 281-585-6234 Associated Principal Principal Dale Tribble Manvel Junior High Heather Heil 5000 Mustang Road, 281-245-3700 7380 Lewis Lane, Alvin Principal Robert Ford Manvel 8 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. 7302 McCoy Road, 7:20 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. Manvel 8:40 a.m. - 4:05 p.m. Junior High ASSETS Academy 281-331-1690 Schools Nolan Ryan Principal Brandy Alvin Junior High Junior High Johanson 281-245-2770 281-245-3210 605 W. House Street, Principal LeRoy Principal Ashley Castro 2300 South St., Alvin Marquez 11500 Shadow Creek 8:40 a.m. - 4:05 p.m. Parkway, Pearland 8:40 a.m. - 4:05 p.m. Dr. Ronald E. McNair Junior High Rodeo Palms 713-814-7200 Junior High Principal Craig Rhodes 281-245-2078 2950 Kingsley Drive, Principal Tonya Pearland

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