Early College High Schools

South Texas College supports 15 Early College High Schools. Each ECHS is an autonomous public high school designed to create a seamless transition between high school and college. By design, ECHSs are small, innovative high schools that allow students least likely to attend college, an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and two years of college credit. More importantly, the transition from high school to college is eased by blending high school and college curriculum into a cohesive unit. Over 3,000 students are participating in Early College High Schools.

Early College High School:

Early College High School Partnerships - Grouped by Model

South Texas College supports the following 26 Early College High schools:

  • On a College Campus
    • McAllen Achieve
  • Stand Alone
    • Mercedes
    • PSJA - Thomas Jefferson-T-STEM
    • La Joya - Jimmy Carter
    • Thelma Salinas STEM
    • Rio Grande City ECHS
    • Sharyland ECHS
    • La Joya High ECHS
  • School within a School
    • Progreso
    • Valley View
    • PSJA - North
    • Edinburg Collegiate
    • Economedes
    • PSJA - Memorial
    • Mission Collegiate
    • Edcouch -Elsa ECHS
    • Robert Vela ECHS
    • Edinburg North ECHS
    • PSJA High ECHS
    • Mission CTE ECHS
    • Weslaco CTE ECHS
  • Whole School
    • Hidalgo ECHS
    • PSJA - Southwest
    • La Villa
    • Monte Alto ECHS
    • Sonia Sotomayor ECHS

Early College High School Summer Bridge Initiatives

Summer Bridge consists of an array of college readiness activities meant to introduce the incoming 9th grade ECHS cohort to the college atmosphere.

Below are some topics covered during three to four day workshops:

  • Classroom Etiquette
  • Degree Plan Overview
  • Testing Strategies
  • Introduction to the Center for Learning Excellence
  • Setting and Achieving Goals
  • Strategic Thinking
  • College Knowledge
  • Time and Stress Management
  • Emotional Intelligence

2012 Summer Bridge

South Texas College in partnership with 15 local schools has developed a customized Summer Bridge Program for Early College High Schools. The summer bridge is designed to introduce incoming cohort of 9th grade students to the Early College High School as well as the College. Students attend a 2 to 3 day seminar during the summer months prior to starting the Fall semester of their Freshman year in high school. Students are provided with college knowledge sessions and given a tour of the college campus. They engage in team building, time management, goal setting and testing strategies to help them prepare for the rigor and coursework they will encounter as college students. In the Summer of 2012 STC has had over 1200 students attend Summer Bridge activities on our campus.