The official designation site of the Texas Early College High School (ECHS).

The Early College High School Blueprint

The Early College High School (ECHS) Blueprint provides foundational principles and standards for innovative partnerships with colleges and universities. All Early College High Schools are required to meet all the design elements for each benchmark annually. All Early College High Schools are required to meet Outcomes-Based Measures (OBMs) on data indicators related to access, attainment, and achievement. TEA provides technical assistance to promote implementation of the ECHS model with fidelity.

Planning Year Information

Need info?

In order to operate as a Texas Education Agency-approved Early College High School, all prospective ECHS must engage in a planning year prior to receiving Early College High School designation from TEA.

Application Open

  • October 22, 2021 – December 17, 2021

Assurance Document

All CCRSM applications require signed assurance documents attached with submission. Applications without signed assurance documents will be in jeopardy of planning year application status.

Technical Assistance Webinar

The technical assistance webinar was held on August 26, 2020. Webinar presentation and recording are available below.

Designation Renewal Information

Ready to renew?

Designated ECHS must reapply for designation every academic year. Campuses can only apply for designation renewal if they held designation status in the current academic year.

Application Open

  • November 3, 2021 - January 29, 2022

Technical Assistance Webinar

The technical assistance webinar was held October 14, 2020.


Need help?

To access the instructions for completing the ECHS planning year application or the annual designation application, visit the ECHS Guidelines page.


Ready to Apply?

Be sure to register for an account if you haven't already. You must register with your school or district email domain.


ECHS Designated Schools:

  • Receive recogntion as an approved ECHS Campus
  • Are invited to participate in ECHS convenings
  • Gain membership in the ECHS Newtwork
  • Are eligible for flexible school day program
  • Have access to resources (e.g., technical assistance, professional development, research-based best practices outlined in the Blueprint)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you still have questions?

Review the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page to find the answer or find out how to submit a question if yours isn't included.