Early College High Schools

The Early College High School (ECHS) initiative is an open-enrollment program that blends college and high school coursework, enabling students to earn up to two years of college credit (60 hours), tuition-free, while enrolled in high school. This program aims to support historically underserved and at-risk students, providing an access ramp to post-secondary education for those most in need.

Students enrolled in the ECHS program receive highly personalized attention and follow custom graduation plans. Dedicated staff mentor and guide these students, helping them develop critical soft skills needed for college and career success.

According to a recent study by the American Institutes for Research, ECHS students are nearly three times as likely to earn an associate degree or Bachelor’s degree than their non-ECHS peers.

Program Distinctions:

  • Allows students to earn dual college credit at no cost
  • Reduces barriers to college access
  • Creates a seamless transition from high school to college
  • Provides academic and social support services through dedicated staff
  • Develops critical soft skills needed for college and career success
School profile

School Profile

The ECHS Blueprint

The TEA developed a roadmap of benchmarks, design elements, and products essential to the model’s success. The Blueprint also outlines the Outcomes Based Measures—the metrics taken into consideration for designation.

To view the ECHS Blueprint: