Early College High Schools (ECHS)

The Early College High School (ECHS) initiative is an open-enrollment program that blends college and high school coursework, enabling students to earn up to two years of college credit (60 hours), tuition-free, while enrolled in high school. This program aims to support historically underserved and at-risk students, providing an access ramp to postsecondary education for those most in need.

Students enrolled in the ECHS program receive highly personalized attention and follow custom graduation plans. Dedicated staff mentor and guide these students, helping them develop critical soft skills needed for college and career success.

According to a recent study by the American Institutes for Research, ECHS students are nearly three times as likely to earn an associate degree or Bachelor’s degree than their non-ECHS peers.

As the Texas Education Agency's designated technical assistance provider, Educate Texas supports all CCRSM campuses across Texas, including all Early College High Schools.

ECHS Program Distinctions

  • Reduces barriers to college access
  • Allows students to earn 60+ hours of dual college credit at no cost
  • Increases college and career readiness
  • Creates a seamless transition from high school to college through local partnerships with institutions of higher education
  • Provides academic and social support services through dedicated staff
  • Develops critical soft skills needed for college and career success

Click here to learn more about ECHS on texasccrm.org.