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2008 ANNUAL REPORT
The difference between failure and SUCCESS
FROM THE CEO
On behalf of our Board of Directors,
I am pleased to present the Annual
Report for Responsive Education
Solutions (ResponsiveEd). This year
has been one characterized by growth
and achievement.
Our innovative, personalized approach
to learning is becoming the trademark
of our success and a sought after
environment for all educational
systems. Due to this success, the Texas
Education Agency has granted us the
significant opportunity to open 10 new
campuses throughout our state.
In this report, you will recognize, as we
have, a pattern in education that
prevents many students in our nation
from reaching their full potential.
Conventional education, clinging to
traditional methods and practice, are
increasingly unable to meet the needs
of every student. Students with the
ability to succeed academically are
becoming victims of a system that
cannot recognize the individual or tap
into the uniqueness of a person's
learning style. These students lose out
on an education, a paycheck sufficient
to meet their needs later in life, and the
opportunity to teach their children the
value of a high school diploma. The
ANNUAL REPORT 2008
Responsive to the Community... Designed for the Student p. 03
CHARLES COOK, CEO
RESPONSIVEED
p. 02 www.ResponsiveEd.com (877) 737-0010
HISTORY
ResponsiveEd CEO Chuck Cook has seen firsthand
the effects a lack of education can have on young
adults. Chuck and his wife spent 5 years in inner-city
Los Angeles developing a learning center which
would eventually become the largest privately
funded, inner-city adult education program in the
United States. He decided to return to his home state
of Texas, carrying with him the passion and goal of
preventing as many high school dropouts as
possible. Thus, the ResponsiveEd vision was born.
Today, ResponsiveEd is the largest charter district
in the State of Texas, both geographically and in
number of campuses. We are currently serving
over 3,500 students and have been granted
permission by the Texas Education Agency to
open 10 new campuses!
A growing number of students are not responding to
conventional methods of education. We believe
every student has the capacity to succeed, and we
strive to provide the opportunity for that success.
Research in the area of high school dropouts
indicates that one out of every three high school
students leaves school prior to graduating with a
high school diploma.¹ We are dedicated to seeing
that number decline by providing an environment
where all students can succeed.
TODAY NEED
As we continue to respond to the needs of our
communities, we will continue to be innovative in our
thinking, progressive in our practice, and passionate
in our belief that every student has the right to learn
according to his or her unique abilities and needs.
We will utilize the best technology has to offer, the
creativity our educators provide, and the whole of
our resources to construct learning environments
characterized by success and devoted to the
individual. The call to action has been sounded, and
we will continue to answer that call and change lives.
FUTURE
RESPONSIVE EDUCATION SOLUTIONS
Premier High Schools
Abilene
Austin
North Austin
Beaumont
Brownsville
Del Rio
El Paso
Fort Worth
Laredo
Lindale
Lubbock
Midland
Mission
Palmview
Pharr
San Antonio
San Juan
Tyler
Waco
iSchool High
Lewisville
Vista Academies
Amarillo
Carrollton
Carrollton West
Dallas
Garland
Hickory Creek
Huntsville
Lancaster
Willis
of Texas students who start high school do not finish in four years.
¹

In 2007 alone, this failure cost Texas taxpayers
Someone should do something.
Join
us in
changing
lives.


opportunity that should exist for every
student to graduate and take their
place as a self-determined, productive
member of our society is fast becoming
an unrealistic dream should someone
not intervene.
At ResponsiveEd, we see these
students every day. We will not lose
them. They can, and will, win. We will
take them as they are. Some come to
us ashamed of their past failures.
Some come to us frustrated by the
inflexibility of conventional schools
that do not allow them to increase
their learning opportunities. Some
simply need to know they can learn,
and will learn, if educators are willing
to take accountability for each
student. Yet, in each one we find a
common thread—each student needs
something more innovative than
conventional education can offer.
In our Premier High Schools, our
educators and volunteers are
dedicated to fostering an environment
based on trust, character, and
compassion that creates a true learning
opportunity. We believe in the value of
guided independent learning. This
commitment to personalize education
allows us to “be there” when students
first realize the ability to take control of
their education and be responsible for
their own success. To see students
develop a “pride of ownership” and
begin to own their futures is our reward.
Our desire, our hope, is to affect
students today in a way that will
positively affect generations to come.
34%
$377 million.
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¹ Intercultural Development Research Association,
Texas Public School Attrition Study 2006-07
² National Center for Policy Analysis
Welcome to
ResponsiveEd
FROM THE CEO
On behalf of our Board of Directors,
I am pleased to present the Annual
Report for Responsive Education
Solutions (ResponsiveEd). This year
has been one characterized by growth
and achievement.
Our innovative, personalized approach
to learning is becoming the trademark
of our success and a sought after
environment for all educational
systems. Due to this success, the Texas
Education Agency has granted us the
significant opportunity to open 10 new
campuses throughout our state.
In this report, you will recognize, as we
have, a pattern in education that
prevents many students in our nation
from reaching their full potential.
Conventional education, clinging to
traditional methods and practice, are
increasingly unable to meet the needs
of every student. Students with the
ability to succeed academically are
becoming victims of a system that
cannot recognize the individual or tap
into the uniqueness of a person's
learning style. These students lose out
on an education, a paycheck sufficient
to meet their needs later in life, and the
opportunity to teach their children the
value of a high school diploma. The
ANNUAL REPORT 2008
Responsive to the Community... Designed for the Student p. 03
CHARLES COOK, CEO
RESPONSIVEED
p. 02 www.ResponsiveEd.com (877) 737-0010
HISTORY
ResponsiveEd CEO Chuck Cook has seen firsthand
the effects a lack of education can have on young
adults. Chuck and his wife spent 5 years in inner-city
Los Angeles developing a learning center which
would eventually become the largest privately
funded, inner-city adult education program in the
United States. He decided to return to his home state
of Texas, carrying with him the passion and goal of
preventing as many high school dropouts as
possible. Thus, the ResponsiveEd vision was born.
Today, ResponsiveEd is the largest charter district
in the State of Texas, both geographically and in
number of campuses. We are currently serving
over 3,500 students and have been granted
permission by the Texas Education Agency to
open 10 new campuses!
A growing number of students are not responding to
conventional methods of education. We believe
every student has the capacity to succeed, and we
strive to provide the opportunity for that success.
Research in the area of high school dropouts
indicates that one out of every three high school
students leaves school prior to graduating with a
high school diploma.¹ We are dedicated to seeing
that number decline by providing an environment
where all students can succeed.
TODAY NEED
As we continue to respond to the needs of our
communities, we will continue to be innovative in our
thinking, progressive in our practice, and passionate
in our belief that every student has the right to learn
according to his or her unique abilities and needs.
We will utilize the best technology has to offer, the
creativity our educators provide, and the whole of
our resources to construct learning environments
characterized by success and devoted to the
individual. The call to action has been sounded, and
we will continue to answer that call and change lives.
FUTURE
RESPONSIVE EDUCATION SOLUTIONS
Premier High Schools
Abilene
Austin
North Austin
Beaumont
Brownsville
Del Rio
El Paso
Fort Worth
Laredo
Lindale
Lubbock
Midland
Mission
Palmview
Pharr
San Antonio
San Juan
Tyler
Waco
iSchool High
Lewisville
Vista Academies
Amarillo
Carrollton
Carrollton West
Dallas
Garland
Hickory Creek
Huntsville
Lancaster
Willis
of Texas students who start high school do not finish in four years.
¹

In 2007 alone, this failure cost Texas taxpayers
Someone should do something.
Join
us in
changing
lives.


opportunity that should exist for every
student to graduate and take their
place as a self-determined, productive
member of our society is fast becoming
an unrealistic dream should someone
not intervene.
At ResponsiveEd, we see these
students every day. We will not lose
them. They can, and will, win. We will
take them as they are. Some come to
us ashamed of their past failures.
Some come to us frustrated by the
inflexibility of conventional schools
that do not allow them to increase
their learning opportunities. Some
simply need to know they can learn,
and will learn, if educators are willing
to take accountability for each
student. Yet, in each one we find a
common thread—each student needs
something more innovative than
conventional education can offer.
In our Premier High Schools, our
educators and volunteers are
dedicated to fostering an environment
based on trust, character, and
compassion that creates a true learning
opportunity. We believe in the value of
guided independent learning. This
commitment to personalize education
allows us to “be there” when students
first realize the ability to take control of
their education and be responsible for
their own success. To see students
develop a “pride of ownership” and
begin to own their futures is our reward.
Our desire, our hope, is to affect
students today in a way that will
positively affect generations to come.
34%
$377 million.
²
T
h
e

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e
s
p
o
n
s
i
v
e
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d

C
o
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m
u
n
i
t
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o
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WE ARE.

¹ Intercultural Development Research Association,
Texas Public School Attrition Study 2006-07
² National Center for Policy Analysis
Welcome to
ResponsiveEd
THE PROBLEM
p. 04 www.ResponsiveEd.com (877) 737-0010 Responsive to the Community... Designed for the Student p. 05
An alarming number of students in
Texas are failing to graduate from high
school simply because their scholastic
needs are not being met; worse,
they are being ignored. The monetary
cost of losing these children is
staggering—the 2007 class of Texas
high school dropouts alone will cost
taxpayers $377 million.²
Over an expected lifetime of 50 years,
one year's class of dropouts will cost
taxpayers $19 billion. ³
At ResponsiveEd, we are not only
dedicated to serving the needs of those
who have been left out—we are committed
to providing all of our students with the
BEST options for succeeding in school
and in life. In recognition of our hard work
and dedication, we were proud to receive
the coveted SACS System Accreditation
this year. We were one of only three
systems in Texas to do so and the only
charter school system to receive this
honor. We were also one of the first 200
systems in the nation to achieve this level of
excellence in education.
ResponsiveEd employees are passionate
about creating learning environments in
which students can achieve their goals.
Our staff want to be part of a team that is
offering an alternative. Many have seen
students who are young and bright and
who wanted to excel beyond what others
in their class were learning. These
students, wanting to surpass the standard
pace of the conventional classroom, were
instead required to keep pace within a
slower timeframe and were not allowed to
accelerate their studies. Our teachers
have intervened by recognizing these
students' talents and desires, which will
ultimately raise the standards these
students set for themselves instead of
being destined for mediocrity.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we
have seen what happens when a student
gives up. Educators in conventional
systems can attest to the frustration of
witnessing this as well, yet they are
powerless to take the necessary action
to “save” these students. These
students are intelligent and capable, but
they have been denied attention and a
focused plan to help them succeed.
Lacking role models and faced with
uncertain life situations, they drift farther
away from their potential each day. Many
of them have to work outside school
hours. Competing within a school
climate that is not aligned with their
reality, they do the best they can as long
as they can. Often, by the time anyone
takes a hard look at the student's
situation, they have fallen behind in
grade levels and in performance abilities.
With a self-perception that they are
helpless to their situation, they become
lost in the system. At this point, they are
compelled to struggle prematurely within
an adult society before they are prepared
to do so successfully. Lacking the tools
necessary to create a productive life,
many turn to elements of our society that
damage and destroy young and old
alike, namely, drugs, alcohol, and other
forms of escape. Their young lives
become cycles of frustration, anxiety, and
rebellion that destines them to further
failure. ResponsiveEd, through its
Premier High Schools, offers focused
attention, personalized education, and
an intense investment in each of these
students to assure them they can and
will succeed.
Texas schools
are losing
one
student

every
four
minutes.¹......


Every child in the state of Texas
deserves an education
based on his or her needs...
Take a look at our students: one yearns to
succeed, yet her teacher does not have the
luxury of fostering her growth. Another is so
embarrassed he can't read that he simply
stops going to school, and nobody notices
or cares.
THEN THEY FIND RESPONSIVEED.
The key to our success is addressing the
individual: we serve students based on their
individual needs. Every one of our students
undergoes an academic assessment on his
or her first day. Once the data is analyzed,
administrators and students alike understand
each student’s true status. Best yet, a clear
path for success is then laid out based on
his or her needs. Under the close supervision,
mentoring and monitoring of a dedicated
teacher, each student progresses and
succeeds at his or her own appropriate pace.
All caring teachers and administrators work
diligently to help students succeed. But it is our
personal approach to learning that allows
professionals to really make an impact—to focus
on each child’s unique personality, academic
strengths and weaknesses and individual
goals. Our campuses are “small by design” to
ensure that our students get the personalized
attention they need. We make sure that our
students know they are not a number—they
have a name, a life filled with hopes and
dreams. At Premier High School, we help
them make those dreams come true.

Using relevant technology that differentiates
instruction for individual learners, blending this
with dedicated professional instructors,
ResponsiveEd creates “student-directed”
environments that help students recapture their
natural curiosity and love of learning.

And when graduation time arrives, there is a
noticeable difference between a Premier
High School ceremony and a conventional
school commencement. Many elements
of the two are present: the teachers and
administrators there to show their support;
families and extended families sitting in the
audience to watch their sons and daughters
receive their diplomas; and the usual
congratulations and speeches typical of any
graduation event. However, one can sense a
distinct difference at a Premier High School
commencement. The pride felt by those
present is intense. There is an amplified
emotional connection between the graduate,
the families, and the school as a community.
This connection comes from hope. Hope
that had been lost or delayed. Hope that had
been denied or forgotten. Many families will
be witnessing the FIRST family member to
ever receive a diploma. Many will realize their
dreams of seeing their children graduate
become a reality. All will know that, had it not
been for Premier High School, their child may
have never recovered the hope for a better life.
Education is important and diplomas are
crucial. Yet the celebration of hope fulfilled is
the foundation of the Premier High School
community.
Premier High School is dedicated to serving
the needs of students throughout Texas. We
are honored and thrilled to serve thousands of
students who have either been left behind or
want a more challenging academic system.
THE SOLUTION
¹ Intercultural Development Research Organization
² National Center for Policy Analysis
³ Gottlob, B.J. (2007, June). The high cost of failing to reform public education in Texas. Friedman Foundation
4
Cortez, Dr. Albert, The Texas dropout crisis: magnitude and impact, IDRA, January 2007
Cummulative Students Lost
in Texas Education in 20 years
(1986-2006):
4
2,533,169


We have more
graduates than

92.4%
of
all school districts
in Texas.......


TEA 2006 AEIS Report
60
65
70
75
80
85
2005 2007 2008 2006
60%
67%
70%
80%
RESPONSIVEED DISTRICT
TAKS PROGRESS MEASURE
THE PROBLEM
p. 04 www.ResponsiveEd.com (877) 737-0010 Responsive to the Community... Designed for the Student p. 05
An alarming number of students in
Texas are failing to graduate from high
school simply because their scholastic
needs are not being met; worse,
they are being ignored. The monetary
cost of losing these children is
staggering—the 2007 class of Texas
high school dropouts alone will cost
taxpayers $377 million.²
Over an expected lifetime of 50 years,
one year's class of dropouts will cost
taxpayers $19 billion. ³
At ResponsiveEd, we are not only
dedicated to serving the needs of those
who have been left out—we are committed
to providing all of our students with the
BEST options for succeeding in school
and in life. In recognition of our hard work
and dedication, we were proud to receive
the coveted SACS System Accreditation
this year. We were one of only three
systems in Texas to do so and the only
charter school system to receive this
honor. We were also one of the first 200
systems in the nation to achieve this level of
excellence in education.
ResponsiveEd employees are passionate
about creating learning environments in
which students can achieve their goals.
Our staff want to be part of a team that is
offering an alternative. Many have seen
students who are young and bright and
who wanted to excel beyond what others
in their class were learning. These
students, wanting to surpass the standard
pace of the conventional classroom, were
instead required to keep pace within a
slower timeframe and were not allowed to
accelerate their studies. Our teachers
have intervened by recognizing these
students' talents and desires, which will
ultimately raise the standards these
students set for themselves instead of
being destined for mediocrity.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we
have seen what happens when a student
gives up. Educators in conventional
systems can attest to the frustration of
witnessing this as well, yet they are
powerless to take the necessary action
to “save” these students. These
students are intelligent and capable, but
they have been denied attention and a
focused plan to help them succeed.
Lacking role models and faced with
uncertain life situations, they drift farther
away from their potential each day. Many
of them have to work outside school
hours. Competing within a school
climate that is not aligned with their
reality, they do the best they can as long
as they can. Often, by the time anyone
takes a hard look at the student's
situation, they have fallen behind in
grade levels and in performance abilities.
With a self-perception that they are
helpless to their situation, they become
lost in the system. At this point, they are
compelled to struggle prematurely within
an adult society before they are prepared
to do so successfully. Lacking the tools
necessary to create a productive life,
many turn to elements of our society that
damage and destroy young and old
alike, namely, drugs, alcohol, and other
forms of escape. Their young lives
become cycles of frustration, anxiety, and
rebellion that destines them to further
failure. ResponsiveEd, through its
Premier High Schools, offers focused
attention, personalized education, and
an intense investment in each of these
students to assure them they can and
will succeed.
Texas schools
are losing
one
student

every
four
minutes.¹......


Every child in the state of Texas
deserves an education
based on his or her needs...
Take a look at our students: one yearns to
succeed, yet her teacher does not have the
luxury of fostering her growth. Another is so
embarrassed he can't read that he simply
stops going to school, and nobody notices
or cares.
THEN THEY FIND RESPONSIVEED.
The key to our success is addressing the
individual: we serve students based on their
individual needs. Every one of our students
undergoes an academic assessment on his
or her first day. Once the data is analyzed,
administrators and students alike understand
each student’s true status. Best yet, a clear
path for success is then laid out based on
his or her needs. Under the close supervision,
mentoring and monitoring of a dedicated
teacher, each student progresses and
succeeds at his or her own appropriate pace.
All caring teachers and administrators work
diligently to help students succeed. But it is our
personal approach to learning that allows
professionals to really make an impact—to focus
on each child’s unique personality, academic
strengths and weaknesses and individual
goals. Our campuses are “small by design” to
ensure that our students get the personalized
attention they need. We make sure that our
students know they are not a number—they
have a name, a life filled with hopes and
dreams. At Premier High School, we help
them make those dreams come true.

Using relevant technology that differentiates
instruction for individual learners, blending this
with dedicated professional instructors,
ResponsiveEd creates “student-directed”
environments that help students recapture their
natural curiosity and love of learning.

And when graduation time arrives, there is a
noticeable difference between a Premier
High School ceremony and a conventional
school commencement. Many elements
of the two are present: the teachers and
administrators there to show their support;
families and extended families sitting in the
audience to watch their sons and daughters
receive their diplomas; and the usual
congratulations and speeches typical of any
graduation event. However, one can sense a
distinct difference at a Premier High School
commencement. The pride felt by those
present is intense. There is an amplified
emotional connection between the graduate,
the families, and the school as a community.
This connection comes from hope. Hope
that had been lost or delayed. Hope that had
been denied or forgotten. Many families will
be witnessing the FIRST family member to
ever receive a diploma. Many will realize their
dreams of seeing their children graduate
become a reality. All will know that, had it not
been for Premier High School, their child may
have never recovered the hope for a better life.
Education is important and diplomas are
crucial. Yet the celebration of hope fulfilled is
the foundation of the Premier High School
community.
Premier High School is dedicated to serving
the needs of students throughout Texas. We
are honored and thrilled to serve thousands of
students who have either been left behind or
want a more challenging academic system.
THE SOLUTION
¹ Intercultural Development Research Organization
² National Center for Policy Analysis
³ Gottlob, B.J. (2007, June). The high cost of failing to reform public education in Texas. Friedman Foundation
4
Cortez, Dr. Albert, The Texas dropout crisis: magnitude and impact, IDRA, January 2007
Cummulative Students Lost
in Texas Education in 20 years
(1986-2006):
4
2,533,169


We have more
graduates than

92.4%
of
all school districts
in Texas.......


TEA 2006 AEIS Report
60
65
70
75
80
85
2005 2007 2008 2006
60%
67%
70%
80%
RESPONSIVEED DISTRICT
TAKS PROGRESS MEASURE
ANNUAL REPORT 2008
SUCCESS STORY:
Hailey Hancock
It didn’t take Hailey Hancock long to
recognize that the high school in the
town she had just moved to was not
working for her. So, she took matters
into her own hands a few days into her
Junior year and submitted an essay to
her father requesting that she be allowed
to change schools.
Hailey’s father, who knew Hailey to be a
self-motivated self-starter, agreed to her
request. Hailey was allowed to attend
Premier High School, a school that
offered the kind of flexibility and
opportunity she was looking for.
“Premier has worked out really well for
us. Hailey was given the encouragement
and freedom to work at an accelerated
rate,” her father said.
Success came quickly. Hailey graduated
early from high school and she was also
the recipient of more than $20,000 in
scholarships to Texas Lutheran
University in Seguin. Hailey considers
herself to be a regular kid who just
recognized a great opportunity when
she saw it. “I recognized the opportunity
that I had… and I began working hard as
soon as I got there,” she said. Next on
Hailey’s agenda? “I hope to have my
DVM (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine)
by the time I'm 24,” she said. “I'm
extremely excited to begin college, and I
know that I have been so blessed by God.”
p. 06 www.ResponsiveEd.com (877) 737-0010 Responsive to the Community... Designed for the Student p. 07
Having seen over 3,400 students
graduate from Premier High
Schools over the past eight years,
we thrive on knowing that we have
changed lives. Broken in spirit, with
damaged perceptions and negative
attitudes, our students have come
to us needing something different.
With patience and compassion, we
have dedicated ourselves to
change—changing their minds
about learning, changing their
hearts to trust us, and changing
their outcomes to success.
We encounter a population of
students who are either on the
verge of, or have already dropped
out, and some more than once.
They are the disenfranchised. When
the light turns on, their attitudes
change and their goals change:
where there once was hopelessness,
ambition now exists. As they
work through their personalized
programs, these students realize
they are capable, smart and can
truly be successful in school.
We see positive changes not only
in their grades but also in their
attitudes and personalities. They
actually attend school because they
enjoy school. In 2007 alone,
attendance was at a remarkable
91%.
As “transformation” takes place,
the school becomes more than
a school—many consider their
teachers and peers an extended
family. Premier High School
students are not gang members—
they do not fight, they don’t yell.
Instead, they encourage each
other and celebrate their
successes together. Intelligence is
not ridiculed—it is honored. And
in the end, they don their caps
and gowns and join a celebration to
receive their diplomas and
participate in an event they had
only dreamed of before this day.
90% Attendance Rate
in 2007-2008
NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS.
SUCCESS STORY:
Joe Cisneros
2007 Brownsville Valedictorian
When Joe Cisneros first arrived on our
campus, he carried with him more than
just school supplies. Already familiar with
failure, frustration, anger and depression,
Joe was in trouble due to excessive
absences and had already been
introduced to the probation system.
Joe thought his life was going nowhere, and
his public school counselor agreed. “Maybe
school isn’t right for you, Joe. Maybe you
should drop out and get your GED.”
Joe realized his bad attitude, disregard for
authority and lack of academic performance
were sending him in the wrong direction.
He knew he needed to change, and he
decided it was up to him to straighten
things out. He needed someone to give him
one more chance.
Premier High School was ready and willing
to give Joe the chance he needed. PHS
helped Joe build character, taught him to
focus on his future and gave him confidence
on the long road back to responsibility. As
each small success showed Joe that he could
accomplish whatever he set his mind to, he
began to see a brighter future for himself.
Now Joe can look back at his successes
rather than his failures. He achieved a
commended status on most of his TAKS
exams and graduated in December 2007 as
the valedictorian of his class.
Joe has learned that the future is limitless if you
have the right attitude and are willing to make
some changes. Now, he shares this hopeful
message with his students.
AS THEY TASTE SUCCESS,
OUR STUDENTS FIND THEY
ACTUALLY ENJOY SCHOOL,
AND ATTENDANCE
RATES SKYROCKET.
AEA CAMPUSES
(Alternative Education Accountability)
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
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Abilene
Austin
Beaumont
Brownsville
Del Rio
Fort Worth
Laredo
Lindale
Lubbock
Midland
Mission
Palmview
Pharr
San Antonio
Tyler
Waco
SACSCASI
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
ResponsiveEd Was One Of Three School Districts In Texas To
Receive Coveted System-Wide Accreditation From SACS.
ResponsiveEd recently received the System Accreditation by the Southern
Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS). At the presentation, we were
recognized as one of only three school districts in the state of Texas to
achieve the System Accreditation. We were also recognized as one of the
first 200 districts in the nation to achieve this status.
ANNUAL REPORT 2008
SUCCESS STORY:
Hailey Hancock
It didn’t take Hailey Hancock long to
recognize that the high school in the
town she had just moved to was not
working for her. So, she took matters
into her own hands a few days into her
Junior year and submitted an essay to
her father requesting that she be allowed
to change schools.
Hailey’s father, who knew Hailey to be a
self-motivated self-starter, agreed to her
request. Hailey was allowed to attend
Premier High School, a school that
offered the kind of flexibility and
opportunity she was looking for.
“Premier has worked out really well for
us. Hailey was given the encouragement
and freedom to work at an accelerated
rate,” her father said.
Success came quickly. Hailey graduated
early from high school and she was also
the recipient of more than $20,000 in
scholarships to Texas Lutheran
University in Seguin. Hailey considers
herself to be a regular kid who just
recognized a great opportunity when
she saw it. “I recognized the opportunity
that I had… and I began working hard as
soon as I got there,” she said. Next on
Hailey’s agenda? “I hope to have my
DVM (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine)
by the time I'm 24,” she said. “I'm
extremely excited to begin college, and I
know that I have been so blessed by God.”
p. 06 www.ResponsiveEd.com (877) 737-0010 Responsive to the Community... Designed for the Student p. 07
Having seen over 3,400 students
graduate from Premier High
Schools over the past eight years,
we thrive on knowing that we have
changed lives. Broken in spirit, with
damaged perceptions and negative
attitudes, our students have come
to us needing something different.
With patience and compassion, we
have dedicated ourselves to
change—changing their minds
about learning, changing their
hearts to trust us, and changing
their outcomes to success.
We encounter a population of
students who are either on the
verge of, or have already dropped
out, and some more than once.
They are the disenfranchised. When
the light turns on, their attitudes
change and their goals change:
where there once was hopelessness,
ambition now exists. As they
work through their personalized
programs, these students realize
they are capable, smart and can
truly be successful in school.
We see positive changes not only
in their grades but also in their
attitudes and personalities. They
actually attend school because they
enjoy school. In 2007 alone,
attendance was at a remarkable
91%.
As “transformation” takes place,
the school becomes more than
a school—many consider their
teachers and peers an extended
family. Premier High School
students are not gang members—
they do not fight, they don’t yell.
Instead, they encourage each
other and celebrate their
successes together. Intelligence is
not ridiculed—it is honored. And
in the end, they don their caps
and gowns and join a celebration to
receive their diplomas and
participate in an event they had
only dreamed of before this day.
90% Attendance Rate
in 2007-2008
NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS.
SUCCESS STORY:
Joe Cisneros
2007 Brownsville Valedictorian
When Joe Cisneros first arrived on our
campus, he carried with him more than
just school supplies. Already familiar with
failure, frustration, anger and depression,
Joe was in trouble due to excessive
absences and had already been
introduced to the probation system.
Joe thought his life was going nowhere, and
his public school counselor agreed. “Maybe
school isn’t right for you, Joe. Maybe you
should drop out and get your GED.”
Joe realized his bad attitude, disregard for
authority and lack of academic performance
were sending him in the wrong direction.
He knew he needed to change, and he
decided it was up to him to straighten
things out. He needed someone to give him
one more chance.
Premier High School was ready and willing
to give Joe the chance he needed. PHS
helped Joe build character, taught him to
focus on his future and gave him confidence
on the long road back to responsibility. As
each small success showed Joe that he could
accomplish whatever he set his mind to, he
began to see a brighter future for himself.
Now Joe can look back at his successes
rather than his failures. He achieved a
commended status on most of his TAKS
exams and graduated in December 2007 as
the valedictorian of his class.
Joe has learned that the future is limitless if you
have the right attitude and are willing to make
some changes. Now, he shares this hopeful
message with his students.
AS THEY TASTE SUCCESS,
OUR STUDENTS FIND THEY
ACTUALLY ENJOY SCHOOL,
AND ATTENDANCE
RATES SKYROCKET.
AEA CAMPUSES
(Alternative Education Accountability)
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Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
Highest State AEA Rating
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Abilene
Austin
Beaumont
Brownsville
Del Rio
Fort Worth
Laredo
Lindale
Lubbock
Midland
Mission
Palmview
Pharr
San Antonio
Tyler
Waco
SACSCASI
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
ResponsiveEd Was One Of Three School Districts In Texas To
Receive Coveted System-Wide Accreditation From SACS.
ResponsiveEd recently received the System Accreditation by the Southern
Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS). At the presentation, we were
recognized as one of only three school districts in the state of Texas to
achieve the System Accreditation. We were also recognized as one of the
first 200 districts in the nation to achieve this status.
ANNUAL REPORT 2008
Responsive to the Community... Designed for the Student p. 09
RESPONSIVEED FINANCIAL OUTLOOK
(FISCAL YEAR 2006-2007)
Judge David M. Cobos has been working
in the areas of law enforcement and criminal
justice for almost 30 years. His experiences
include serving in the administrations of
three Texas Governors; Bill Clements,
Ann Richards and George W. Bush all
recognized his dedication and innovative
approach to crime prevention.
Throughout his career, he has witnessed
numerous programs aimed at crime
reduction. He says that some worked and
others did not. But, over the course of his
career, he has seen several common
denominators for persons involved in
crime—one of those is a lack of education.
Judge Cobos has spent the past 10 years
hearing all truancy cases in the county. Over
the years, he has developed a relationship
with local schools including Premier High
School and says that communication
between the court, truancy officers and
school personnel is essential in order to help
students stay in school.
“We have made progress, and in the past
two years, our statistics show that juvenile
cases filed have dropped 50%. I believe
this success is the direct result of our
partnership with local campuses, especially
Premier High School,” he said. “Premier
has made a tremendous positive impact
on our community. They have helped
numerous teens that I know would not
have finished school without their support.
These students would have dropped
out completely.”
Judge Cobos’ relationship with Premier has
continued to deepen. Not only has he spent
a decade working with the Principal and
staff there to help truant teens but also he
has recently encountered the school
through the eyes of a parent. His youngest
son decided to attend Premier High after
struggling in another public school.
“I saw something happen to my son. When
he was given the opportunity and the
challenge to rely on himself and not wait to
be told what to do, he learned to push
himself.” His son graduated and is now
preparing to attend college.
Judge Cobos admits that in the mid ‘90s
when charter schools were first introduced,
he was skeptical. He feared that the schools
would become “dumping grounds” for kids
that the conventional public schools didn’t
want. He said that initially, he thinks some of
that did happen, but now, he believes that
charter schools provide a much-needed
choice for students and parents.
“I think Charter schools are invaluable in
the choice they bring to our communities.
Properly run schools like Premier give
students a chance to reach their full
potential—to develop as a whole
person. These campuses are small,
personal and they give the students
the one-to-one attention that many of
them need. Once you taste success,
you want more success. Premier
provides an environment for students
to excel and taste success little by little,
and they gradually build confidence.”
Judge Cobos also believes that having
a choice where to go to school empowers
students and parents. “Attending a
Charter school is a choice, and I’ve seen
how having that choice affects the mindset
of students and parents. They have an
increased interest which leads to greater
achievement. They start to take ownership
of their studies and then their future.”
JUDGE TOUTS THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF PREMIER HIGH SCHOOLS


JUDGE DAVID COBOS
500
1000
1500
2000
2500
3000
2007-2008 2003-2004 1999-2000
RESPONSIVEED AVERAGE ENROLLMENT
726
2389
2742
RESPONSIVEED GRADUATES 2000-2008
200
400
600
800
1000
1200
2006-2008 2004-2006 2002-2004 2001-2002 1999-2001
222
1195
311
787
945
Instruction Administrative Facilities
Leadership Student Support Security & IT
RESPONSIVEED FUNCTION EXPENSE SUMMARY
MISSION
To provide hope for students
through an encouraging,
innovative learning environment,
where they are academically
successful and develop into
lifetime learners.
OUR CORE VALUES
At ResponsiveEd—we believe that a proper education includes
both personal development and academic achievement. Our
goal is to educate the whole student.
º We develop and utilize innovative methodologies and reinforce
individualized learning environments.
º We practice the belief that every student can learn.
º We expect student ownership of the learning process.
º We put the student first.
p. 08 www.ResponsiveEd.com (877) 737-0010
I think this is a
model for the rest
of the State....
ANNUAL REPORT 2008
Responsive to the Community... Designed for the Student p. 09
RESPONSIVEED FINANCIAL OUTLOOK
(FISCAL YEAR 2006-2007)
Judge David M. Cobos has been working
in the areas of law enforcement and criminal
justice for almost 30 years. His experiences
include serving in the administrations of
three Texas Governors; Bill Clements,
Ann Richards and George W. Bush all
recognized his dedication and innovative
approach to crime prevention.
Throughout his career, he has witnessed
numerous programs aimed at crime
reduction. He says that some worked and
others did not. But, over the course of his
career, he has seen several common
denominators for persons involved in
crime—one of those is a lack of education.
Judge Cobos has spent the past 10 years
hearing all truancy cases in the county. Over
the years, he has developed a relationship
with local schools including Premier High
School and says that communication
between the court, truancy officers and
school personnel is essential in order to help
students stay in school.
“We have made progress, and in the past
two years, our statistics show that juvenile
cases filed have dropped 50%. I believe
this success is the direct result of our
partnership with local campuses, especially
Premier High School,” he said. “Premier
has made a tremendous positive impact
on our community. They have helped
numerous teens that I know would not
have finished school without their support.
These students would have dropped
out completely.”
Judge Cobos’ relationship with Premier has
continued to deepen. Not only has he spent
a decade working with the Principal and
staff there to help truant teens but also he
has recently encountered the school
through the eyes of a parent. His youngest
son decided to attend Premier High after
struggling in another public school.
“I saw something happen to my son. When
he was given the opportunity and the
challenge to rely on himself and not wait to
be told what to do, he learned to push
himself.” His son graduated and is now
preparing to attend college.
Judge Cobos admits that in the mid ‘90s
when charter schools were first introduced,
he was skeptical. He feared that the schools
would become “dumping grounds” for kids
that the conventional public schools didn’t
want. He said that initially, he thinks some of
that did happen, but now, he believes that
charter schools provide a much-needed
choice for students and parents.
“I think Charter schools are invaluable in
the choice they bring to our communities.
Properly run schools like Premier give
students a chance to reach their full
potential—to develop as a whole
person. These campuses are small,
personal and they give the students
the one-to-one attention that many of
them need. Once you taste success,
you want more success. Premier
provides an environment for students
to excel and taste success little by little,
and they gradually build confidence.”
Judge Cobos also believes that having
a choice where to go to school empowers
students and parents. “Attending a
Charter school is a choice, and I’ve seen
how having that choice affects the mindset
of students and parents. They have an
increased interest which leads to greater
achievement. They start to take ownership
of their studies and then their future.”
JUDGE TOUTS THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF PREMIER HIGH SCHOOLS


JUDGE DAVID COBOS
500
1000
1500
2000
2500
3000
2007-2008 2003-2004 1999-2000
RESPONSIVEED AVERAGE ENROLLMENT
726
2389
2742
RESPONSIVEED GRADUATES 2000-2008
200
400
600
800
1000
1200
2006-2008 2004-2006 2002-2004 2001-2002 1999-2001
222
1195
311
787
945
Instruction Administrative Facilities
Leadership Student Support Security & IT
RESPONSIVEED FUNCTION EXPENSE SUMMARY
MISSION
To provide hope for students
through an encouraging,
innovative learning environment,
where they are academically
successful and develop into
lifetime learners.
OUR CORE VALUES
At ResponsiveEd—we believe that a proper education includes
both personal development and academic achievement. Our
goal is to educate the whole student.
º We develop and utilize innovative methodologies and reinforce
individualized learning environments.
º We practice the belief that every student can learn.
º We expect student ownership of the learning process.
º We put the student first.
p. 08 www.ResponsiveEd.com (877) 737-0010
I think this is a
model for the rest
of the State....
ANNUAL REPORT 2008
p. 11 p. 02 p. 10 www.ResponsiveEd.com (877) 737-0010
At ResponsiveEd, we understand that
a proper education involves more than
academics—we believe that in addition
to scholarly pursuits, a solid foundation
of values is also essential for success
and fulfillment. We’re dedicated to help-
ing our students grow personally as well
as academically.
This year we introduced the Character
First curriculum on 17 of our campuses
with plans to implement it on all campuses.
Character First is a curriculum designed
for all ages. The goals of the program are
to strengthen leadership relationships,
improve communication and build teamwork.
This curriculum defines character as the
stable and distinctive qualities built into an
individual’s life that determine his or her
response regardless of the circumstances.
Students, teachers and administrators
follow a simple, three-step approach to
developing a culture of character. The basic
approach used is to: Emphasize Character,
Require Character and Recognize Character
in all our students.
The Character First program helps us achieve
our goal of educating the whole student by
encouraging healthy relationships.
Examples of Positive Character Traits:
º Attentiveness - Showing the worth of a
person or task by giving my undivided attention
º Determination - Purposing to accomplish
right goals at the right time, regardless
of opposition
º Generosity - Carefully managing my
resources so I can freely give to those
in need
SUCCESS STORY:
Josh King
Josh King joined the student body of
Premier High School of Abilene in 2005
as a sophomore. He liked the school
because he felt like he was more than
just a “number” at Premier.
“While attending school, Josh was a
delight to have in the classroom,” Principal
DeAun Kiser said. "He always had a smile
on his face and worked extremely hard.”
Josh participated in the computer
classes offered at Premier. He learned
about building computers, installing
hardware and software and trouble-
shooting. These skills, along with the
rest of the classes he completed while
attending Premier, helped Josh prepare
for a future in the Armed Forces.
Josh joined the Army after high school and
his ASVAP score (an 86) qualified him for
almost any job he wanted in the Army. Due
to his extremely high test scores and the
high school diploma he earned at Premier,
Josh is also now eligible for a significant
roster of benefits from the Army including
$28,000 from a Gl Bill and $72,000 in
scholarships to use for college.
Josh has now successfully completed
basic training and IT training and is
headed for his new home at Fort Hood.
From there, he will begin classes for
college credit, and he will be preparing
for a new career in computer science.
When asked where he believed he might
be today if he had not attended Premier
High School and then joined the Army,
Josh said he believes he would most likely
be working a minimum-wage-paying job,
probably in a fast food restaurant.
Due to his hard work, dedication and
high school diploma, Josh has an
extremely promising future ahead, both
in the Army and as a civilian.
CHARACTER FIRST CURRICULUM
Character First! information used by permission.
www.characterfirst.com
All facts and figures reported
are accurate as of the date of printing.
ResponsiveEd
Board of Directors
Lupe Gonzalez
President
Marvin Reynolds
Vice-President
Dan Maddalena
Secretary
Judge Willard French
HICKORY CREEK CAMPUS
INTRODUCING...
VISTA ACADEMIES: Creating Professional Learning
Communities in the ResponsiveEd Family of Schools
Vista Academies, part of the ResponsiveEd system of schools, are elementary
campuses striving for, and reaching, excellence. The secrets to success are
three-fold: energetic teachers who care combined with a personalized approach
to the classroom in an environment that takes accountability for each child.
In typical elementary classrooms, teachers are helpless to differentiate instruction
that meets the needs of every child. This reduces the potential for all students,
those needing more challenge and those needing more assistance. Vista
Academies address this complex problem by creating a blend between dedicated
teachers and innovative technology. While teachers provide the structure
necessary for young students to mature and progress, technology designed to
know the difference between each child's needs and abilities is utilized to ensure
student learning.
Each student attending a Vista Academy is diagnosed with appropriate measurement
tools to assess his or her current level and potential. Teachers develop personalized
learning opportunities based on the child's learning style and ability to progress.
This approach, combined with a low classroom size, allows children to learn and
develop an effective self-perception of themselves as learners.
Students are excited to come to school. Parents are grateful for a choice in
education. Teachers are loyal to the approach. From the moment of enrollment,
everyone involved knows that Vista is a community. The concept was developed
to create a school environment that enhances and complements the
ResponsiveEd commitment to personalized education. Student performance,
parent satisfaction, and staff enthusiasm are all evidences of the commitment
Vista Academies have to the ResponsiveEd vision.
HIGH TECH HIGH TOUCH
ResponsiveEd's new iSchool High in Lewisville, Texas,
offers a rigorous curriculum with an emphasis on preparing students for
higher education and 21st century careers. Like other ResponsiveEd
campuses, student success is paramount to the mission of the school and
individualized instruction (including mentoring, tutoring, individualized and/or
group work and special seminars) is the key.
iSchool uses project-based learning (PBLï, virtual courses and direct instruction to
keep content relevant for students. The school will also feature a one-to-one ratio
of computers to students.
“We’re very excited about opening another school that will target individual
student interests," said Kaye Rogers, the Executive Director of iSchool High.
“We will also focus on individual responsibility by teaching in a creative,
business-like culture.”
AMARILLO AND
HICKORY CREEK
RECEIVE RECOGNIZED
STATUS IN FIRST YEAR
Amarillo
Hickory Creek
Huntsville
......
......
......
Recognized
Recognized
Acceptable
Call, email or visit our websites for more info about these exciting opportunities!
ANNUAL REPORT 2008
p. 11 p. 02 p. 10 www.ResponsiveEd.com (877) 737-0010
At ResponsiveEd, we understand that
a proper education involves more than
academics—we believe that in addition
to scholarly pursuits, a solid foundation
of values is also essential for success
and fulfillment. We’re dedicated to help-
ing our students grow personally as well
as academically.
This year we introduced the Character
First curriculum on 17 of our campuses
with plans to implement it on all campuses.
Character First is a curriculum designed
for all ages. The goals of the program are
to strengthen leadership relationships,
improve communication and build teamwork.
This curriculum defines character as the
stable and distinctive qualities built into an
individual’s life that determine his or her
response regardless of the circumstances.
Students, teachers and administrators
follow a simple, three-step approach to
developing a culture of character. The basic
approach used is to: Emphasize Character,
Require Character and Recognize Character
in all our students.
The Character First program helps us achieve
our goal of educating the whole student by
encouraging healthy relationships.
Examples of Positive Character Traits:
º Attentiveness - Showing the worth of a
person or task by giving my undivided attention
º Determination - Purposing to accomplish
right goals at the right time, regardless
of opposition
º Generosity - Carefully managing my
resources so I can freely give to those
in need
SUCCESS STORY:
Josh King
Josh King joined the student body of
Premier High School of Abilene in 2005
as a sophomore. He liked the school
because he felt like he was more than
just a “number” at Premier.
“While attending school, Josh was a
delight to have in the classroom,” Principal
DeAun Kiser said. "He always had a smile
on his face and worked extremely hard.”
Josh participated in the computer
classes offered at Premier. He learned
about building computers, installing
hardware and software and trouble-
shooting. These skills, along with the
rest of the classes he completed while
attending Premier, helped Josh prepare
for a future in the Armed Forces.
Josh joined the Army after high school and
his ASVAP score (an 86) qualified him for
almost any job he wanted in the Army. Due
to his extremely high test scores and the
high school diploma he earned at Premier,
Josh is also now eligible for a significant
roster of benefits from the Army including
$28,000 from a Gl Bill and $72,000 in
scholarships to use for college.
Josh has now successfully completed
basic training and IT training and is
headed for his new home at Fort Hood.
From there, he will begin classes for
college credit, and he will be preparing
for a new career in computer science.
When asked where he believed he might
be today if he had not attended Premier
High School and then joined the Army,
Josh said he believes he would most likely
be working a minimum-wage-paying job,
probably in a fast food restaurant.
Due to his hard work, dedication and
high school diploma, Josh has an
extremely promising future ahead, both
in the Army and as a civilian.
CHARACTER FIRST CURRICULUM
Character First! information used by permission.
www.characterfirst.com
All facts and figures reported
are accurate as of the date of printing.
ResponsiveEd
Board of Directors
Lupe Gonzalez
President
Marvin Reynolds
Vice-President
Dan Maddalena
Secretary
Judge Willard French
HICKORY CREEK CAMPUS
INTRODUCING...
VISTA ACADEMIES: Creating Professional Learning
Communities in the ResponsiveEd Family of Schools
Vista Academies, part of the ResponsiveEd system of schools, are elementary
campuses striving for, and reaching, excellence. The secrets to success are
three-fold: energetic teachers who care combined with a personalized approach
to the classroom in an environment that takes accountability for each child.
In typical elementary classrooms, teachers are helpless to differentiate instruction
that meets the needs of every child. This reduces the potential for all students,
those needing more challenge and those needing more assistance. Vista
Academies address this complex problem by creating a blend between dedicated
teachers and innovative technology. While teachers provide the structure
necessary for young students to mature and progress, technology designed to
know the difference between each child's needs and abilities is utilized to ensure
student learning.
Each student attending a Vista Academy is diagnosed with appropriate measurement
tools to assess his or her current level and potential. Teachers develop personalized
learning opportunities based on the child's learning style and ability to progress.
This approach, combined with a low classroom size, allows children to learn and
develop an effective self-perception of themselves as learners.
Students are excited to come to school. Parents are grateful for a choice in
education. Teachers are loyal to the approach. From the moment of enrollment,
everyone involved knows that Vista is a community. The concept was developed
to create a school environment that enhances and complements the
ResponsiveEd commitment to personalized education. Student performance,
parent satisfaction, and staff enthusiasm are all evidences of the commitment
Vista Academies have to the ResponsiveEd vision.
HIGH TECH HIGH TOUCH
ResponsiveEd's new iSchool High in Lewisville, Texas,
offers a rigorous curriculum with an emphasis on preparing students for
higher education and 21st century careers. Like other ResponsiveEd
campuses, student success is paramount to the mission of the school and
individualized instruction (including mentoring, tutoring, individualized and/or
group work and special seminars) is the key.
iSchool uses project-based learning (PBLï, virtual courses and direct instruction to
keep content relevant for students. The school will also feature a one-to-one ratio
of computers to students.
“We’re very excited about opening another school that will target individual
student interests," said Kaye Rogers, the Executive Director of iSchool High.
“We will also focus on individual responsibility by teaching in a creative,
business-like culture.”
AMARILLO AND
HICKORY CREEK
RECEIVE RECOGNIZED
STATUS IN FIRST YEAR
Amarillo
Hickory Creek
Huntsville
......
......
......
Recognized
Recognized
Acceptable
Call, email or visit our websites for more info about these exciting opportunities!
I had big plans. Big dreams.
Lots of hope.
But things didn’t work out.
I quit school.
Got into some trouble.
Not a lot. But enough.
Now my future looks really scary and I feel hopeless.
I would give anything to get my life back on track.
Would you give something to help me?
I have a dream.
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Donate. Get involved. Make a difference.
Donate. Get involved. Make a difference.
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phone: 877-737-0010
fax: 972-315-9506
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High Schools
www.premierhighschools.com
Vista
Academies
www.vista-academies.com
iSchool
High
www.ischoolhigh.com
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