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BISD Establishes a Legacy with Inaugural Burleson Collegiate High School Graduating Class

June 4, 2020 - The Burleson Independent School District (BISD) celebrates the inaugural class of Burleson Collegiate High School (BCHS) graduates. Fifty-eight BCHS seniors will walk the stage at Globe Life Field on June 6 to receive their high school diploma, with 45 students graduating with an associate degree from Hill College.  

A Texas Education Agency-designated early college high school, BCHS opened Fall 2016, offering students the opportunity to earn an associate degree from Hill College—up to 61 hours of college credit—while earning their high school diploma, at no cost to students. 

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for our students and a momentous milestone in Burleson ISD history,” said BISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson. “Burleson Collegiate began as an accelerated program to serve as a stepping stone toward higher education. In its inaugural class, 60 percent of the graduates are first-generation college students.” 

Students attending the high school of choice completed college courses simultaneously with their high school coursework. The inaugural graduating class completed 5,401 hours of community service, with 93 percent of students graduating with honors. Twelve graduates are members of Hill College’s academic honor society, Phi Theta Kappa.

This group of students stepped out into the unknown of early college high school to strive for this goal,” said BCHS Principal Rexanne Wieland. “It was not an easy journey, but students persevered to accomplish so much!

Earning $2.3 million in scholarship offers, BCHS Class of 2020 students plan to continue their education at four-year universities, including: Texas Christian University, Texas A & M University, Brigham Young University, Abilene Christian, Stephen F. Austin University, Dallas Baptist University, and more.

Valedictorian Cara Wylie plans to attend Texas A&M University this fall to pursue a degree in Animal Science before applying to Texas A&M Veterinary School. Her ultimate goal is to become a veterinarian and open an equine veterinary clinic. 

“I am incredibly grateful and blessed to be given the opportunity to attend such an amazing school and jumpstart my college career,” said Wylie. “Before entering high school, I had already decided that I wanted to attend Texas A&M University after graduating. Attending Burleson Collegiate High School greatly impacted my educational experience by allowing me to earn my associate degree while still being a high school student. It gave me a chance to prepare myself for the college classes that I will be taking after graduating.”

Salutatorian Isabella Chavez plans to earn a Bachelor of Science from Abilene Christian University and become a registered nurse and work in pediatrics. She plans to work and obtain a master’s degree to become a nurse practitioner in pediatrics or obstetrics.

“BCHS impacted my education experience by helping me to quickly adapt to the advanced courses, which is going to help me for future classes,” said Chavez. “The benefit of being a BCHS student is being surrounded by constant support, the ability to develop critical thinking skills, and a chance to meet new people who share the same goals as you.

The inaugural cohort of students will commemorate this milestone with a time capsule for seniors to open in the year 2030.