About PSJA ISD's Early College High Schools
All of PSJA ISD high schools are designated Early College, which makes them innovative high schools that allow students to attend college and high school simultaneously. Each student has the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and a 2-year Associate Degree or 60 college credit hours towards a four-year Bachelor’s Degree at no cost to the student or the parents. Early College High Schools offer rigorous instruction and provide academic, social and emotional support services to help students succeed.
What benefits would my child have participating in an Early College High School?
Early College High Schools allow students to earn college credit while they are still in high school. As part of an Early College HS, students take college classes, get textbooks and transportation to and from our higher education partner South Texas College at no charge. By taking advantage of these opportunities, students can complete a college credential before graduating from high school, allowing them to complete a four-year degree sooner. These students are more likely to continue to master or doctorate level programs.
Who can participate?
All PSJA ISD high schools, including special purpose campuses are now designated Early College, giving every student the opportunity to start taking college classes as early as their 9th grade year. Most of our students meet academic requirements to take college classes as early as their 8th grade year, getting them ready to take full advantage of this opportunity once they reach high school.
What type of degrees are offered?
Through the district’s partnership with South Texas College, students are able to earn most of the available Associate Degrees or College Certificates offered at the college. Visit with your child’s counselor to learn more about these degrees and select a plan that best fits your child’s interest.