Early College High School

Early College High Schools (ECHS) blend high school and college coursework to enable students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and up to two years of transferrable college credit (60 hours), tuition free. ECHSs were originally located on a college or university campus, but, as the portfolio has grown and evolved, variations of how an ECHS school is designed and presented have emerged.

Educate Texas originated as the Texas High School Project in 2004 to introduce the Early College High School model to Texas. It has led the development and implementation of innovative practices with ECHS programs which have dramatically increased college-readiness across the state.


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.
The Investing in Innovation grant funded the Early College Expansion Partnership, a five year initiative which began in 2012 with two goals: 1) to scale up designs of early college programs through systemwide secondary school improvement and college readiness strategies for all students, and 2) to position early college designs to continue and expand after the funding period ended.
Since early 2017, Educate Texas has partnered with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to support Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA) and Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) grantees across Texas in addressing key workforce pathways in high-demand fields throughout the state.