Early College HS magnet

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What is ECHS?

Rowlett ECHS (Early College High School) has partnered with the Dallas College Richland campus to provide students an opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and up to 60 college credit hours. Cohort groups foster accelerated learning and provide support to develop academic and social skill necessary for college completion in a "school within a school" environment. GISD and Rowlett HS provides this dual credit opportunity at no cost to students, but seats are limited to 125 students each year. No testing or grading requirements are necessary to be in the ECHS program. Students must apply to participate in this program during the magnet application window. Students must apply to participate in this program during the magnet application window. For more important dates and details, please visit the the district Magnet page.


What Degrees can you earn in ECHS?

Students will select and follow the pathway for ONE of the following degree plans below in the ECHS program.
  • Associate of Arts Degree
  • Associate of Science Degree

What are the benefits?

  • Earn up to 60 college credit hours to transfer anywhere in Texas and beyond
  • Learn from specifically selected teachers & rigorous college professors from Dallas College
  • Complete four years of high school and two years of college in only four years
  • Receive individualized academic, transfer, and career advising
  • Take college electives in art, drama, and social work
  • Transportation is provided to all students in the ECHS program.
  • Access the college experience early and take college courses now

What other offerings are available to me in the ECHS program?

  • AP and Dual Credit classes
  • Participation in Athletics teams as the students schedule allows
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses as the students schedule allows
  • College, Career & Military Readiness (CCMR) programs
  • Visual and Performing Arts Programs as the students schedule allows

Magnet Application Process and Timelines

While there are no testing requirements for the Magnet programs at Rowlett HS, requirements vary by programs across the district and can include test scores, grades, art/music assessments and more. For more information about the magnet application process and timelines, please visit the GISD website.

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 ECHS & PTECH, please contact Tanika Haggan at 972-463-1712 ext. 62523.


For more information and application information, visit the Magnet Programs | Garland Independent School District.

All Magnet Programs Represented at Rowlett HS (magnet application required for all programs) 

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