Don Snook, Waxahachie Global High School’s principal, was chosen as a distinguished panelist for the upcoming George W. Bush Educational Summit at Southern Methodist University.

The summit will begin at 8 a.m., but Snook will speak at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13.

“This all started when my government classes went to the Bush Library in the fall,” Snook said. “My government teacher started talking with the individuals at the library and told them what Global High School was, and they were very interested in what we were doing in our program.”

Snook will speak on how the early college high school program and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy has been successful.

He’ll also speak on how House Bill 5, which would reduce the number of state end-of-course assessments required for high school students to graduate and would allow high school students flexibility in choosing courses while maintaining academic excellence, could impact Global High.

House Bill 5 may not have much of an impact on Global High, said Snook, because the campus is specialized in that it already monitors and allows students to choose classes based on their interests.

With more than 70 high schools in the nation with dual credit programs, and more than 40 with early college high school programs, Snook said it’ll be good for administrators at the summit to hear from one of the five in the state that does both.

“The early college high school model at Global High School is unique for the state of Texas,” said Paula Moeller, the moderator for the panel. “Not only have they broken a traditional model, but they’re providing additional opportunities for their kids to begin taking course work in the four-year trajectory.”

With dual credit courses, Global High School already shows just how much dedication college classes take, Snook said.

This spring, 93 students will graduate from the campus, 70 of which will have an associate’s degree from Navarro College, Snook said.

Snook said he is proud and excited to show the success of his early college high school, and is the only representative from one on the panel.

“The purpose of the forum is to bring together some of the best minds in the country about how to do things differently, but not necessarily with less,” Moeller said.