South Early College High School is a small, safe, academically focused high school where the student-centered focus is on preparation for college success and positive community engagement.
To ensure that students are academically prepared for college, all students are enrolled in 9th/10th grade pre-Advanced Placement (AP), AP, and dual-credit courses through a partnership with Houston Community College. South Early College High School students may earn a minimum of 60 college-credit hours before graduating from high school! To develop well-rounded college applicants, the school’s curriculum also provides social action internships, designed to give students real-world experience and enhance their interpersonal skills. South Early College High School students accumulate over 200 hours of community service during their four years of high school. Any student who lives within the Houston ISD attendance boundaries may apply for enrollment. Our student body includes gifted/talented, special education, 504, and at-risk students who all benefit from the personalized, nurturing learning environment provided at our school. The majority of our students are their family’s first generation college-bound students.
All instructors are AP Certified and “highly qualified” per federal No Child Left Behind guidelines. In addition, our teachers serve as faculty advisors to small groups of students to provide ongoing mentoring, guidance and support throughout the high school years. The depth and complexity of our curriculum qualifies all South Early College High School graduates for the state of Texas’s Distinguished Achievement Diploma (the highest curricular diploma awarded by the state) as well as recognition as a Texas Scholar.