Early College High School



Early College High Schools (ECHS) are open-enrollment high schools that allow students to attend college and receive both a high school diploma and either an associate degree or at least 60 credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree. Early College High Schools:

  • Enroll Historically underserved students, targeting at-risk and economically disadvantaged 
  • Provide dual credit at no cost to students
  • Offer rigorous instruction and accelerated courses
  • Provide academic and social support services to help students succeed
  • Provide students with highly personalized attention
  • Increase college readiness
  • Partner with Texas institutions of higher education (IHEs) to reduce barriers to college access

BENCHMARK 1: School Design

BENCHMARK 2: Partnerhips

BENCHMARK 3: Target Population


BENCHMARK 4: Academic Infrastructure


BENCHMARK 5: Student Supports