Southside High School joins the Texas Success Initiative

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A tutoring blitz at Southside High School is preparing the school’s sophomores and juniors for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment. The program is designed to help a student’s college or university determine if a student is ready for college-level course work. “It means if they’re able to pass the TSI (exam), it opens up all the opportunities that are available through the colleges that we are in partnership with, such as Palo Alto College,” said Southside High School Assistant Principal Mr. Fernando Garcia. About 100 students were selected for this first-ever TSI initiative held at Southside High School. The focus is on reading, writing, and mathematics. “The good thing is we are doing the tutoring now they we’ll be taking the test within the next two days so the information is fresh in their minds,” Garcia said. Incoming college students in Texas are required to take the TSI assessment. Those who pass are considered college-ready while also getting preparing students for their high school diploma. The tutoring blitz is in partnership with the high school Go Center, Gear Up, and the Dual Credit Program. Southside High School administrators are planning on expanding this program to next year’s freshman class.