ECHS Frequently Asked Questions
Judson ISD's Early College High School is committed to providing students the opportunity to become familiar with college expectations, academic behaviors, and get a head start on postsecondary education. Student gain academic momentum toward a degree or credential; ensuring students earn a high school diploma as well as an Associate Degree, or up to 60 college hours from an accredited community college or university.
All students have access to the program; however, the ECHS core mission is to give prospective first-generation and other typically underrepresented students in higher education a no-cost solution to a post-secondary education (TEA ECHS Blueprint, Benchmark 1).
The Texas Education Agency establishes the following criteria:
The ECHS recruitment and enrollment processes and requirements shall not exclude or discourage the enrollment of any of the subpopulations of at-risk students (as defined by PEIMS), including, but not limited to, students who are of limited English proficiency or who have failed a state administered assessment. Enrollment decisions shall not be based on state assessment scores, discipline history, teacher recommendation, or minimum grade point average (GPA).
|October - January||Recruitment begins during student assemblies and parent-student information meetings at the middle schools. Applications are available at the each middle school counselor’s office.|
|January - February||Completed applications are collected from the middle school counselors. Students who do not attend a Judson ISD middle school, should mail or drop off the completed application to the address indicated on the application. Deadline: February 2, 2016. Applications delivered after 8:01 am are considered late.|
|March||Students accepted into the ECHS will be selected for an interview/screening process. A committee, with higher education representatives, will assist with interviewing, essay, and a group activity.|
|April-May||The ECHS campus Selection Team will review each student's completed packet, which includes required materials, short answers, commitment forms, and interview/screening responses.|
|June||Selected students will be required to attend a Summer Bridge Program the first full week in June to prepare for the TSI college exam. Selected students will be given summer projects to be completed by the first day of school.|
At Judson ISD, students interested in enrolling in an ECHS should contact the campus ECHS principal/director. At the district level, contact the Assistant Superintendent for Post-Secondary Education and Career Readiness
Yes. Parents are recognized as our partners. By granting permission, the parent(s) are demonstrating their support to this process.
Middle School counselors will have applications in the Spring and the application will be available on the Judson ISD, Post-Secondary Education and Career Readiness website.
Freshmen are expected to enroll in one college course in the spring semester. Sophomores may enroll up to two per semester. Most ECHS students may enroll up to 12 hours of college coursework in a semester by their junior and senior years. The objective is to graduate with an Associate degree by high school graduation or to have accumulated up to 60 hours towards a Bachelor's degree.
Students earn credit by successfully completing the college course. College credit is not based on a single assessment.
Students must reside in the Judson ISD attendance zone.
Each ECHS provides parents an information brochure about ECHS. Additional information may be obtained at the campus level. If additional information is needed, the assistant superintendent for Post-Secondary Education and Career Readiness may be contacted at the Judson ISD Administration Office.