The Early College High School (ECHS) Concept

Early College High School (ECHS) is a school reform model that targets students at risk of dropping out of school. ECHS blends high school and college work to enable students to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree or 60 college credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree. General information about this program can be found in the Texas ECHS Map, and What is ECHS sections of this website. Those interested in designing and planning a new ECHS will find in-depth resources organized by topic in our Resource Guide.

Overview of Early College High Schools in Texas

News & Announcements

Nov 9, 2015

Click on the following link to view the recorded ECHS Designation Application webinar. The PPT presentation of the ECHS Designation Application webinar can also be downloaded from this location.

Nov 2, 2015

Click on the following link to register and view the recorded technical assistance webinar:

(transcript coming soon)

Oct 30, 2015

2016-2017 ECHS Designation Application is Available:

May 5, 2015

     Austin Community College Expands Early College High School Program

April 13, 2015

     Texas a Leader in Early College High Schools

April 7, 2015

     TEA Announces Early College High School Designations

March 16, 2015

     Early College Success Gets Attention

March 6, 2015

    Early College High Schools Proliferate

    GTF Scholars

February 9, 2015

ECHS Kick-Off Conference on February 9th - 10th

February 9, 2015

The Texas Education Agency is excited to announce Education Service Center Region 13 (ESC 13) as the recipient of the 2014-15 Early
College High School (ECHS) Technical Assistance and Leadership Coaching Contract. The purpose of the project is to provide support, leadership, and training to leadership teams at ECHS-designated campuses to ensure fidelity of implementation according to the ECHS Blueprint.

ESC 13 will utilize existing research on ECHS along with data from activities such as needs assessments, site visits, and summative evaluations to identify areas requiring support at ECHS campuses in Texas. ESC 13 will contract ECHS experts as leadership coaches to ensure that the existing knowledge base, Blueprint, technical assistance, coaching, resources, and evaluation are aligned.

Resources and support will include technical assistance (including on-site support), regional and statewide professional development opportunities, best practices guidance, webinars, websites, listserv(s), and other web-based tools.

Please share this announcement with anyone involved in ECHS implementation, including district/campus administrators, IHE partners, teachers, parents, and students.

For additional information, please contact Jessica Snyder (TEA) at or Erin Romero (ESC 13) at

TEA / ESC 13 Technical Assistance
ECHS Calendar of Events

Event / Milestone Date

Advisory Committee


Kick-Off Meeting

February 9-10, 2015

Site Visits

February - August 2015


February - August 2015

Best Practices Summit

August 6-7, 2015

Best Practices / Website Development

Ongoing (Summer 2015 rollout)

Regional Consortium Meetings