Early College High School (ECHS)

Early College High School (ECHS) is a program that provides students with the opportunity to earn up to 60 free college hours with the potential to earn an associate’s degree. 

The ECHS program embeds social/emotional supportive measures throughout the program to encourage young learners who have the potential to do advanced work.

The goal of this program is to support and provide educational opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students in higher education including at-risk, low income, English language learners and first-generation students. Interested students should possess a high level of commitment, academic tenacity and show the potential to do college-level work while in high school.

South Garland and Rowlett High School offer an Early College High School program and will accept up to 125 incoming ninth-graders each year who meet program criteria.

Preferred candidates

The program is open to all incoming 9th-grade students and specifically encourages participation by diverse student groups who are typically underrepresented in college courses.

Students must meet the following to be considered:

  • Motivated by taking advanced coursework
  • Want to attend college and willing to work hard
  • Willing to learn college readiness skills and use them daily

Contact us

Ask a magnet question

For more information, contact:
Magnet programs

or contact the participating school:
South Garland High School Early College High School page

Jolynn Cash
SGHS Magnet Advisor Industry Liaison

Rowlett High School Early College High School page

Gina Makidon
RHS Magnet Advisor Industry Liaison

How to apply

Students must make their magnet selections online via Skyward and complete a paper application to be considered for this magnet program.

ECHS student admission application

ECHS solicitud de admisión de estudiantes

For more information about the Skyward application, visit the magnet application process & timelines page.