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
    • Achieve Early College High School- On a College Campus Model
  • Stand Alone
    • Jimmy Carter Early College High School
    • La Joya High Early College High School
    • Thelma Salinas STEM Early College High School
    • Sonia Sotomayor Early College High School
    • Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School
    • Rio Grande City Early College High School
    • Mercedes Early College Academy
    • Mission Collegiate Early College High School
    • Mission CTE Early College High School
    • Weslaco CTE Early College High School
  • School within a School
    • PSJA High Early College High School
    • PSJA Memorial Early College High School
    • PSJA North Early College High School
    • PSJA CCTA Early College High School
    • PSJA Elvis J. Ballew Early College High School
    • Valley View T-STEM Early College High School
    • Edinburg Collegiate Preparatory Academy
    • Edinburg Economedes Early College High School
    • Edinburg North Early College High School
    • Robert Vela Early College High School
    • Sharyland Advanced Academic Academy (A3)
    • Edcouch-Elsa Early College High School
    • Progreso Early College High School
    • Weslaco High Early College High School
    • Weslaco East Early College High School
  • Whole School
    • PSJA Southwest Early College High School
    • Hidalgo Early College High School
    • La Villa Early College High School
    • Monte Alto Early College High School

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.