Early College HS magnet (ECHS)

Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in the Early College HS (ECHS) magnet program! 

You may reach Ms. Mathew, the North Garland High School MST - AMS - PTECH Program Coordinator, by phone at 972-675-3120 x61027, and email.

The North Garland ECHS (Early College High School) is made up of a partnership between North Garland High School and Dallas College Richland Campus. This program offers students the opportunity to graduate with up to 60 college credits or an Associate's Degree for free. The North Garland ECHS students will conveniently attend courses inside a dedicated section of North Garland High School.

This allows students to experience college curriculum while participating in all of the organizations and extracurricular activities that North Garland High offers. These students will also have access to the Dallas College Richland campus and its resources.

The ECHS is limited to 125 students each year. This will allow students to be grouped in a small cohort to foster a tight-knit learning community. The ECHS is an extraordinary opportunity that could transform the life of your child. Students can apply for ECHS through Skyward.

Trent Dagen  ECHS Principal

Natalie Mathew ECHS Coordinator/Magnet Advisor

Jacob Garcia Lead Counselor

Magnet application process and timelines

Students must meet initial qualifications for the magnet program in which they want to apply. These requirements vary by program and can include test scores, grades, art/music assessments and more.

For more information about the magnet application process and timelines, please visit the Garland ISD web site.

How to apply

Please follow these steps to apply for magnet programs:

  1. Log in to Skyward Family Access during the application period (timeline available here).
  2. Choose the "online forms" option.
  3. Complete all required information.
  4. Apply for one or two different magnet programs.

If you are not currently a Garland ISD student, you must enroll before you can access the magnet application.

For additional information about the MST program, please contact our NGHS Magnet Advisor Industry Liaison, Natalie Mathew, 972-675-3120 x61027.

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