Early College High School (ECHS)

Early College High Schools (ECHS) are open-enrollment high schools that allow students least likely to attend college an opportunity 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

Early College High School Locations

  • LSC Houston North
    • Victory Early College High School (Aldine ISD)
  • LSC Kingwood
    • Humble T-STEM Academy (Humble ISD)
    • Infinity High School (New Caney ISD)
    • Quest Early College High School (Humble ISD)
    • Splendora Early College High School (Splendora ISD)
  • LSC Montgomery
    • iSchool High (Responsive Education Solutions)
  • LSC North Harris
    • Avalos P-Tech School (Aldine ISD)
    • Spring Early College High School (Spring ISD)
  • LSC Tomball
    • Royal Early College High School (Royal ISD)
    • Tomball Star Academy (Tomball ISD)
  • LSC University Park
    • iSchool High (Responsive Education Solutions)
    • Vistas Early College High School (Klein ISD)

General Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to participate in an Early College High School you must: 

  • Be enrolled in an ISD that has an Early College High School Program;
  • Be accepted into the high school’s Early College High School Program;
  • Complete college admissions requirements for exceptional admissions into the dual credit program; and
  • Meet minimum college readiness test scores in reading, writing, math and/or prerequisites for the course(s) you want to take for dual credit.

Costs

  • Tuition and fees are waived. 
  • Students may have to purchase textbooks or class supplies
  • Initial placement exam costs are waived.
  • Additional fees may apply for retesting.

Contact Information

Students who are interested in learning more about the Early College High School Program should contact their high school counselor for additional information. 

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