EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAMMING

  • FWISD offers several Gold Seal Schools of Choice with various areas of focus at different grade levels. These Early College Programs offer a smaller learning community of students with similar interests, all of whom were assigned to the campus through the Choices application process.

    Fort Worth ISD's College and Career Readiness School Models are state-designated Early College High Schools and Pathways to Technology Early College High Schools.


    The goal of Early College High Schools (ECHS) is for students to graduate with 60+ hours of transferable college credit. Students have the opportunity to earn a two-year associate degree along with their high school diploma – tuition-free – saving families thousands of dollars in college costs.
    ECHS provides a small, personalized community offering a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that engages students as it prepares them for high-skilled and high-demand careers.
    Although many high schools across the nation offer concurrent and dual-enrollment opportunities, those programs traditionally serve the highest-achieving students of their class. The ECHS programs will target all students entering the ninth grade. Priority is given to students from traditionally underrepresented student groups as identified by the Texas Education Agency Early College High School Blueprint – Benchmark 1.

    Our Designated Early College High Schools:

    Marine Creek Collegiate High School

    Texas Academy of Biomedical Science

     


    ECHS Collegiate Academy Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree along with their high school diploma – tuition-free – in what is considered a “school within a school.”
    Students enjoy a traditional high school campus with access to traditional high school offerings, including UIL athletics and activities.

    Our Designated and Planning ECHS Collegiate Academies:

    O.D. Wyatt Collegiate Academy

    Dunbar Collegiate Academy

    South West High School Collegiate Academy

     


    Pathways to Technology Early College High School (PTECH) students also have the opportunity to earn an associate degree along with their high school diploma – tuition-free.  In addition to the opportunities offered through Early College High School, P-TECH schools provide work-based learning experiences at every grade level by establishing agreements with industry partners. Through internships and apprenticeships, students may earn credentials such as licenses and certificates aligned to their chosen pathway.
    Opportunities are available to students participating in a P-TECH school: 1. Students will learn employment and career expectations firsthand through relationships forged with industry partners. 2. Students will earn both college hours and industry certifications in their chosen P-TECH pathway. 3. Students will visit industry partner job sites and work directly with industry representatives while in high school.

    Our Designated Pathways in Technology Early College High School:

    Tarrant County College South / FWISD Collegiate High School PTECH for Energy partnering with Oncor, City of Fort Worth Water Department, and Microsoft

     


    PTECH Collegiate Academy students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree along with their high school diploma – tuition-free – in what is considered a “school within a school.” Students enjoy a traditional high school campus with access to traditional high school offerings, including UIL athletics and activities.
    In addition to the opportunities offered through Early College High School, P-TECH Collegiate Academies provide work-based learning experiences at every grade level by establishing agreements with industry partners. Through internships and apprenticeships, students may earn credentials such as licenses and certificates aligned to their chosen pathway.
    Opportunities are available to students participating in a P-TECH Collegiate Academy: 1. Students will learn employment and career expectations firsthand through relationships forged with industry partners. 2. Students will earn both college hours and industry certifications in their chosen P-TECH pathway. 3. Students will visit industry partner job sites and have industry representatives as guest speakers.

    Polytechnic PTECH Academy for Education partnering with University of North Texas and FWISD

    Dunbar PTECH Academy for Composite Manufacturing partnering with BELL Textron

    North Side PTECH Academy for Health Sciences partnering with the James L. West Center

    Eastern Hills PTECH Academy for Cybersecurity partnering with McAfee

    Carter Riverside High School for Cloud Convergence partnering with Cloud Unity

    Diamond Hill Jarvis High School for Architecture, Construction, and Logistics partnering with Magna Mechanical

    South Hills High School for Web Applications and User Experience partnering with Cloud Unity 

    Success High School (Business PTECH Planning Year partnering with STEMuli)

     


    Texas Science Technology Engineering and Math (T-STEM) Academy

    I.M. Terrell Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and STEM (T-STEM Planning year Partnering with Texas Instruments)

    Young Men's Leadership Academy grades 6-12 (T-STEM Planning year Partnering with Texas Instruments)

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    Amy Penrose Draper

    Coordinator of Post Secondary Success

    Lisa Castillo

    Executive Director, Choice and Collegiate Programming