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

The Early College High School Blueprint

In August of 2017, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) implemented a new Early College High School (ECHS) design Blueprint. Schools seeking ECHS designation must engage in one year of planning (known as the "planning year") with the support of a TEA selected technical assistance provider, Educate Texas, prior to being designated as an ECHS. Existing ECHS designees must reapply annually for ECHS designation renewal and demonstrate they are continuing to meet the Blueprint design elements and outcomes-based measures (OBMs). TEA will continue to evaluate the Blueprint and incorporate stakeholder feedback to support schools. The Blueprint will ensure that schools fulfill ECHS requirements with fidelity of implementation.

  • The 2019-2020 Planning Year Application is closed.
  • The 2019-2020 ECHS Designation Renewal Application is open as of January 15, 2019. Designation renewal is available to any campus designated as an ECHS in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Planning Year Information

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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.

Technical Assistance Webinar

The Technical Assistance webinar was held on Monday, October 29, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. CST. Watch the recorded webinar.

Designation Renewal Information

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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.

Technical Assistance Webinar

TEA held an informational webinar about the ECHS renewal application process on January 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.


Need help?

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


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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.