What is an Early College High School?
Early College High Schools provide students with a seamless pathway from high school to college. Students take college courses, along with their high school classes, which gives them the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree from San Jacinto College. In ECHS, students begin taking two college classes in ninth grade and progress by taking more college classes each year. By their senior year, most students are nearly finished with their high school requirements and are ready to focus on a full college schedule. Pasadena ISD has a school within a school model (SWS), which means that freshmen and sophomores take their college classes on the comprehensive high school campus, and juniors and seniors take classes at San Jacinto College.
Who is the best fit for ECHS?
Early College High Schools were originally established to help first generation college goers and other underrepresented students, who might not otherwise go to college, get a jump start on their college degree. ECHS is open to ALL students who are motivated and willing to commit to a four year program, which begins in the summer before ninth grade. Students may participate in extracurricular activities at their high school as long as they maintain their grades. Students may also join clubs and organizations at San Jacinto College. It is helpful if the students are currently taking Pre-Advanced Placement classes in intermediate school, but it is not necessary.
Are high school freshmen ready to be college students?
Students need academic, social, and emotional support; however, we believe that with hard work and determination, every student is capable of success in ECHS. Our goal is to teach students the academic behaviors needed to be successful and provide a strong social and emotional education, so they become confident and independent young people capable of pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree or beginning a career when they graduate. There are many layers of support provided by both Pasadena ISD and San Jacinto College. ECHS students face unique challenges during these four years and it is important that families support and encourage their students every step of the way.
How are students accepted?
ALL eighth grade students in Pasadena ISD are eligible to apply. Students must fill out and submit the online application by the appropriate deadline. A committee will examine the applications and then students will be interviewed. Students’ past performance may be examined, but academic, discipline, or attendance records will not be used to accept or deny students. Our goal is to enroll motivated and determined students who are willing to work hard for this incredible opportunity.
Dr. Jennifer Boushley
Coordinator of Early College High Schools
ECHS is FREE to families - college tuition and books are paid for by Pasadena ISD and San Jacinto College.
Transportation is provided.
ONLINE APPLICATION will be available from
November 14, 2016 - January 8th, 2017.
The application for the 2017-2018 school year is now closed.
- All 8th grade students zoned to PISD high schools are eligible to apply each year.
- Parent informational meetings are held at high school campuses in November.
- For the 2017-2018 school year:
- Applications are being reviewed and interviews will take place at the students' intermediate campuses during the weeks of January 23rd - February 3rd.
- Students will received acceptance letters during the week of February 13th - 17th.
- Accepted students and a parent must attend a mandatory meeting at the end of February to commit to ECHS and sign a contract. Please see letter for details.
- Accepted students should plan to attend mandatory Summer Bridge Program from June 6th - 21st.