What Is An Early College?

  • School Philosophy


    East Early College High School is dedicated to creating a college-bound culture.  In that effort, we pledge to provide a safe and structured learning environment that will enable us to work with all shareholders.  Our goal is to graduate all incoming freshmen in four years with not only the advanced high school diploma but also with up to 60 hours of college credit.  Our targeted group is comprised of previously under served student populations from the East region of Houston I.S.D, and our goal is to follow the early college credo of rigor, relevance, and relationships.


    East Early College High School was established in 2006 in the East Region of Houston following the early college principles and the standards set by the Texas Education Agency and the Houston Independent School District.




    School Culture


    Everyone works together

    Everyone has a voice

    Everyone has a talent or gift

    Everyone gives something back



    School Colors: Black and Crimson


    School Mascot: Falcon


    School Address/Phone:


    East Early College High School, Leonel Castillo Campus

    220 North Milby Street

    Houston, Texas 77003

    Phone: 713-847-4809

    Fax: 713-847-4813

    It is the policy of the Houston Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, handicap or disability, ancestry, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sex, veteran status or political affiliation in its education or employment programs and activities, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

    What is an Early College High School?


    Early College High Schools are small schools where students earn both a high school diploma and two years of college credit (Associate’s Degree) toward a Bachelor’s degree.  Early Colleges are places for learning, designed to help young people progress toward the education and experience they need to succeed in life and family-supporting careers.  The goal of the early college high school model is to prepare underrepresented populations for a successful college experience through increasing rigor, developing supportive relationships, and showing the relevance of knowledge to real life experiences.  These are the new 3 R’s in education.

    For more information on the early college education model, go to the following web site:

    Other Helpful Web Sites:

    Our School:



    Houston Community College:



    Texas Education Agency (help your child prepare for TAKS):



    Our partners consist of the Houston Independent School District, the Houston Community College System, and the Texas High School Project.




    Education Partners

    Houston ISD

    Houston Community College

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


    Texas High School Project








    Our Pledge to Our Students:

    ·         We will give you every opportunity to be successful in a rigorous educational setting. 

    ·         We will offer support, inspiration, leadership and travel opportunities. 

    ·         We will provide a safe, print-rich, supportive school environment.

    Their Pledge to Us:

    Their pledge to us:

    ·         I will obey our school rules at all times on both campuses or on trips away from the campus.

    ·         I will do my best work, and devise a study plan for myself.

    ·         I will ask for help with class work or with problems that interfere with my concentration in school.

    How did they get here?

    Every student had to go through a rigorous application process in order to be accepted.  They had to provide grades, test scores, write an essay describing their goals and family situations.  The parent also had to write an essay describing the uniqueness of their child, as well as the parent’s participation in their child’s education and their level of involvement at their child’s previous school.  Each student and parent or guardian was interviewed personally, during which time all expectations were clearly described.  Parents are not silent partners, but necessary to our school’s success.  They have a responsibility to bring their child to school every day, to provide them with necessary educational supplies, to support the school rules, and to communicate regularly with the school. 

    Students are admitted to East Early College High School based on the following criteria:

    • A completed application
    • A letter of recommendation from a former teacher
    • A personal interview with the administrative staff
    • Grades that show potential for high school and college success
    • Standardized test scores that show ability


    Five-Year Plan

    Students may graduate from EECHS in four years with a high school diploma and college credit hours, but they also have the option for a fifth-year, as a Super Senior, to attend primarily college courses.  Each student will meet at least once a year for a face-to-face meeting with an academic advisor to talk about grades and courses needed for graduation, as well as courses to be taken for the Associate’s degree.  Courses will be determined by the student’s prerequisite courses, grades, and maturity level.  Placement testing will also determine placement in both high school and college courses.  No student will be placed into any college course unless test scores, grades, and a demonstrated ability to follow rules is in evidence.