Benchmark 1

  • Target Population


    The Early College High School shall serve, or include plans to scale up to serve, students in grades 9 through 12, and shall target and enroll students who are at risk of dropping out of school as defined by the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) and who might not otherwise go to college.

    Comments (-1)

Admission and Enrollment Policy

  • All interested applicants must apply for a Gold Seal Program of Choice even if the program or school is at the home school campus. Students assigned to a Program of Choice receive priority in course scheduling.

    Admission is based on a computer-generated random selection process. Parents, students and schools will be notified via e-mail February 2019.

    Gold Seal Programs of Choice


Online Application

Benchmark 2

  • Partnership Agreement


    The Early College High School shall have a current, signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for each school year that: • Defines the partnership between the school district(s) and the institution(s) of higher education (IHE) and addresses topics including, but not limited to, the ECHS location; transferability of college credit between a 2-year and 4-year institution; the allocation of costs for tuition, fees, and textbooks; and student transportation; • States that the school district or charter in which the student is enrolled shall pay for college tuition (for all dual credit courses, including retakes), fees (including TSI administration fees), and required textbooks to the extent those charges are not waived by the partner IHE; • Defines an active partnership between the school district(s) and the IHE(s), which shall include joint decision-making procedures that allow for the planning and implementation of a coherent program across institutions; and • Includes provisions and processes for collecting, sharing, and reviewing program and student data to assess the progress of the ECHS.

    Comments (-1)

Benchmark 3

  • Leadership Initiatives


    The school district and institution(s) of higher education (IHE) partners shall develop and maintain a leadership team that meets regularly (e.g., quarterly) to address issues of design, implementation, ongoing implementation, and sustainability. Membership should include the Early College High School leader and individuals with decision-making authority from the district(s) and IHE(s).

    Comments (-1)

Leadership Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Benchmark 4

  • Curriculum and Support


    The Early College High School shall provide a rigorous course of study that enables a participating student to receive a high school diploma and complete the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) core curriculum (as defined by the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §4.28), obtain certifications, or earn an associate’s degree, or earn at least 60 credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree during grades 9-12. The ECHS shall provide students with academic, social, and emotional support in their course of study.

    Comments (-1)

Professional Learning Community Agendas

Family Outreach

Benchmark 5

  • Academic Rigor and Readiness


    The Early College High School shall administer a Texas Success Initiative (TSI) college placement exam (as defined by TAC §4.53) to all accepted ECHS students to assess college readiness, design individual instructional support plans, and enable students to begin college courses based on their performance on the exam.

    Comments (-1)

TSI Performance

MCCHS Bridge Schedule

MCCHS Bridge Curricula

Benchmark 6

  • School Design


    The Early College High School must provide a full-day program (i.e., full day as defined in PEIMS) at an autonomous high school (i.e., a high school with ECHS leader assigned to ECHS responsibilities who has scheduling, hiring, and budget authority), an IHE liaison with decision-making authority, and a highly qualified staff with support and training.

    Comments (-1)