Early College HS Magnet

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Beginning fall of 2020

Early College High School (ECHS) is a program that provides students with the opportunity to earn up to 60 free college hours with the potential to earn an associate’s degree. 

The ECHS program embeds social/emotional supportive measures throughout the program to encourage young learners who have the potential to do advanced work.

The goal of this program is to support and provide educational opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students in higher education including at-risk, low income, English language learners and first-generation students. Interested students should possess a high level of commitment, academic tenacity and show the potential to do college-level work while in high school.

Preferred candidates

The program is open to all incoming 9th-grade students and specifically encourages participation by diverse student groups who are typically underrepresented in college courses.

Students must meet the following to be considered:

  • Motivated by taking advanced coursework

  • Want to attend college and willing to work hard

  • Willing to learn college readiness skills and use them daily

What are the benefits:

  • Earn up to 60 college credit hours to transfer anywhere in Texas and beyond

  • Learn from specifically selected teachers and rigorous college professors 

  • Complete four years of high school and two years of college in only four years

  • Receive individualized academic, transfer, and career advising

  • Access the college experience early

  • FREE college courses = BIG SAVINGS!

ECHS Contacts:

Ashley Wong, ECHS Administrator

Timothy Schmidt, ECHS Coordinator/Magnet Advisor

Christi Adams, ECHS Counselor

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