Early College High School (ECHS) is a program that provides students with the opportunity to earn up to 60 free college hours with the potential to earn an associate’s degree. 

The ECHS program embeds social/emotional supportive measures throughout the program to encourage young learners who have the potential to do advanced work.

The goal of this program is to support and provide educational opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students in higher education including at-risk, low income, English language learners and first-generation students. Interested students should possess a high level of commitment, academic tenacity and show the potential to do college-level work while in high school.

Garland, North Garland, Rowlett, Sachse and South Garland offer an Early College High School program and will accept up to 125 incoming ninth-graders each year who meet program criteria.

Preferred candidates

The program is open to all incoming 9th-grade students and specifically encourages participation by diverse student groups who are typically underrepresented in college courses.

Students must meet the following to be considered:

  • Motivated by taking advanced coursework
  • Want to attend college and willing to work hard
  • Willing to learn college readiness skills and use them daily


No requirements. The program is open to all incoming 9th-grade students.

Interlocal agreements

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How to apply

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