Houston ISD Early Colleges
Early College High Schools (ECHS) are open-enrollment high schools that allow students least likely to attend college an opportunity to 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
The ECHS Blueprint Provides foundational principles and standards for innovative partnerships with colleges and universities. The ECHS Blueprint contains six benchmarks outlining the design elements that each ECHS campus must implement before serving students. Additionally, outcome-based measures in Access, Attainment, and Achievement provide guidance for ECHS program implementation and continuous improvement efforts.Products for all Early College High Schools
Under the authority of Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.908(b) and Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §102.1091, the TEA developed a designation process for Early College High Schools. The designation process ensures that districts and colleges operating ECHS campuses maintain the integrity of the model, which was researched and designed to target and serve students who might not otherwise attend college.
Products Website for each Early College
Below is a list of products for all Early College High Schools in Houston ISD
Products specific to each Early College
- Academy's written admission policy and enrollment application.
- Academy's written communication plan for targeting identified audiences, parents, community members, school board, higher education personnel, etc.
- Final, signed, and executed MOU.
- Academy's school board and board of regents’ presentations
- Academy's 60 college credit hours crosswalk.
- Academy's written recruitment plan including a timeline of recruitment and enrollment events, and recruitment materials for distribution at feeder schools and other appropriate locations in the community
- Academy's brochures and marketing in Spanish, English, and/or other relevant language(s) .
- Academy's leadership meeting agendas and minutes
- Academy's description of each member and role in committee.
- Academy's calendar of family outreach events.
- Academy's professional learning community agendas and notes
- Academy's advisory/study skills curriculum material
- Academy's master schedules.
- Academy's calendar of TSI test administration dates.
- Academy's aggregate reports of TSI exam performance.
- Academy's tutoring and bridge program schedules
- Academy's Bridge Program curricula.
- Academy's mentor/induction program plans.
- Academy's annual training or professional development plan with ECHS and IHE faculty.
- Academy's leader/liaison meeting agendas and notes
- Academy's leadership team member bios