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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Mercedes Early College Academy is an above average, public, alternative school located in Mercedes, TX. It has 364 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.
Address
837 S Ohio
Mercedes, TX 78570
Telephone
(956) 514-5180
Website
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Mercedes Early College Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1090
6 responses
Average ACT
21
80 responses
AP Enrollment
17%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Median Household Income
$32,424
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$556
National
$949
Median Home Value
$62,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Senior Pep Rally
    36%
  • Student council
    29%
  • Fun Day
    14%
  • Pep rallies
    7%
  • Robotics club
    7%
  • We don't have any.
    7%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
364
Free or Reduced Lunch
73%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$48,121
Teachers in First/Second Year
10%
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$14,442/ year
National
$12,239
69%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.16 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.16 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.16 responses
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My experience in Mercedes Early College Academy has been one of great stress, dedication, and fun. Throughout my four years in high school, I saw myself become the person I strived to be as a child. To reiterate, I began college classes at the age of 14, and had to endure the same stress of that as an 18-year-old adult! This, along with mentally maturing, has given me a sense of accomplishment that would become an outline for my success in Mercedes Early College Academy. Academics have always been the utmost importance in my imaginary list of priority, though I'm not opposed to having fun. I saw myself participate in activities such as pep rallies, the battle of the books, JROTC, student council, and M.E.C.A unity day. I absolutely love my high school but one thing I'd change is student-teacher relationships. I feel as if no one really had an amazing relationship with a teacher and this had effected students passion for attending any particular class.
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In my time at Mercedes Early College Academy the faculty and staff were nothing but helpful and encouraging. The teachers really care about how you are doing in their classes and want you to learn the material. The administration does all they can to prepare you for your future, and college. If I ever needed help my teachers were always there to lend a helping hand. My old teachers were even willing to help me with questions I had about my college classes. If I were to change anything about my experience at Mercedes Early College I would like for the school to be more engaged in extracurricular activities. Overall though my high school was a great environment to thrive and learn.
I enjoyed the teacher’s involvement in their students academics. Almost everyone in my senior class graduated with an associate degree, and the principal cared for her students. I wish there was more diversity, but it’s hard when Mercedes is 98% Hispanic/Latino. I also wish there were more clubs and extracurricular activities that weren’t sports related, it would be nice if there was a theater arts department. Overall, Mercedes Early College Academy strives at academics but lacks diversity and clubs. Of course, the best thing about MECA is that the faculty strives for everyone to be college ready and pushes their students to obtain an associate degree. Although I just graduated, I would recommend MECA to everyone interested in earning college credit hours or an associate degree.