Early College High School Program


Graduate with a High School Diploma and an Associate Degree for Free!

The Early College High School (ECHS) Program offers students the opportunity to graduate simultaneously with a high school diploma and an associate degree—all for free. ECHS is hosted through a partnership with Austin Community College (ACC) and operates at seven AISD Early College High Schools: Akins, Crockett, Eastside Memorial, Navarro, LBJ, Travis and Northeast.

In addition to earning college credit—up to 60 hours—and preparing for future professions, students save thousands of dollars in college costs. ECHS students are enrolled in both high school and college classes and receive support from AISD and ACC staff to ensure that they are on the right track to a successful college career. The ECHS Program accepts in-district and out-of-district student transfers. 

Students in the ECHS Program can save an average of
$12K in tuition, textbooks, and transportation.

$12k savings in tuition, books and transportation


Take the Next Step

If you are interested in learning more about an Early College High School program, please use the link below to fill out an interest form to contact an ECHS program specialist at each school or select school.

I'm Interested!

Amanda Ohaechesi

Amanda Ohaechesi

–Crockett Class of 2020

"ECHS was honestly one of the best things that happened to me in high school. Although it was hard it gave me so many opportunities that I would not have had if I wasn't in the program."


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Destanie Maese

–Northeast ECHS Class of 2020

"The Early College program is an amazing opportunity that pushes you to meet your true potential. In this program, I was allowed to flourish and grow with the support from my community." 




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Moises Villegas

–Eastside Memorial ECHS Class of 2020

"Being Hispanic, raised by a single mother and not having a father figure shaped me into who I am today.

Being part of the ECHS program was definitely a life changing experience because it gave me the opportunity to expand my education and opened doors for the future.

Earning my AA degree saved me a lot of money, and most importantly, time."