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It’s Not Too Late: Fort Worth ISD Gold Seal Choices Applications Are Open for Fall 2020-2021

Fort Worth ISD is looking to the future and your place in it! We are now accepting online late applications to Fort Worth ISD Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice, an education journey to prepare all students for success in college, career, and community leadership.

You can apply now through September for the 2020-21 school year for most Programs and Schools of Choice, including the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA, Early College High Schools, P-Tech schools, and others.

I.M.Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA

I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA is a premier destination for students who have a passion for visual and performing arts and/or STEM subjects.

Because of the disruptions caused by the coronavirus, we are modifying VPA requirements for acceptance for the 2020-21 school year only. No audition is required. Instead, students must submit a letter of recommendation from a fine arts teacher or private instructor. Students must also have had some experience in the arts in middle school.

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 their families thousands of dollars in college costs.

Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH)

In addition to Early College High School opportunities, P-TECH Early College High Schools provide work-based learning experiences at every grade level by establishing agreements with industry partners – partners such as Bell, McAfee, the James L. West Center, Texas Wesleyan University, the University of North Texas and others. Through internships and apprenticeships, students may earn work credentials, such as licenses and certificates, aligned to their chosen pathway.

FWISD Early College High Schools/PTech schools

  •  Dunbar High School
  • Eastern Hills High School
  •  Marine Creek Collegiate High School
  • North Side High School
  •  Polytechnic High School
  • Southwest High School
  • Tarrant County College South/Fort Worth ISD Collegiate High School
  • O.D.Wyatt High School

To find the program or school that’s right for your student’s interests and college and career goals, explore our 2020-21 Gold Seal catalog. Also, watch the Programs of Choice and Schools of Choice video to see Gold Seal opportunities in action. Then, access the Gold Seal late application at, or click here.


  •  Students submitting a late application may only apply for one Program of Choice or one School of Choice.
  •  Because all applications are submitted online, it’s extremely important that parents have an active email address prior to starting the application process. If you have already submitted a Choice application, you are encouraged to use the same email address. Questions? E-mail Charles Harris at or Angelica Aguirre at They can help guide you through the late application process and answer your questions about individual programs and schools.

The late application applies only to Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice that currently have available spaces or could have spaces become available:



Como Montessori – Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades

Riverside Applied Learning Center – Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades

The Applied Learning Center at J.T. Stevens – Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades


Middle School


Como Montessori – 6th, 7th & 8th grades


High School


Amon Carter Riverside High School – Networking: 9th & 10th grades

Arlington Heights High School – Dance: 9th & 10th grades

Benbrook Middle-High School – AP Capstone Academy: 9th grade

Eastern Hills High School –Public Service: 9th & 10th grades

Cybersecurity P-Tech Academy: 9th grade

Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School – Architecture & Construction Technology: 9th & 10th grades

Welding: 9th grade

Veterinary Medical Assistant: 9th grade

Dunbar High School – Aviation: 9th grade

Automotive Technology: 9th grade

ECHS – Collegiate Academy: 9th & 10th grade

Manufacturing P-Tech Academy: 9th grade

Cosmetology: 9th grade

North Side High School –Automotive Technology: 9th grade

Cosmetology: 9th grade

Culinary Arts:9th & 10th grades

Medical P-Tech Academy:9th grade

Mariachi:9th & 10th grades

O.D. Wyatt High School – Automotive Technology: 9th grade

Construction Technology: 9th grade

ECHS Collegiate Academy: 9th & 10th grades

Culinary Arts: 9th & 10th grades

Medical: 9th & 10th grades

Polytechnic High School – Computer Service and Support: 9th grade

Culinary Arts: 9th grade

Education P-Tech Academy: 9th grade

South Hills High School – Culinary Arts: 9th grade

Video Game Design: 9th grade

Computer Service and Support: 9th grade

Southwest High School – ECHS – Collegiate Academy: 9th grade

Broadcast Journalism and Media Technology: 9th & 10th grades

Music and Sound Design: 9th & 10th grades

Western Hills High School – International Baccalaureate Academy (IB): 9th & 10th grades

Computer Service and Support: 9th grade

Young Men’s Leadership Academy – 9th grade

World Languages Institute – 9th grade

I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA – STEM: 9th & 10th grades

VPA Band: 9th & 10th grades

VPA Choir: 9th & 10th grades

VPA Dance: 9th & 10th grades

VPA Orchestra: 9th & 10th grades

VPA Piano: 9th & 10th grades

VPA Theater: 9th & 10th grades

VPA Visual Art: 9th & 10th grades

Tarrant County College South/ Forth Worth ISD Collegiate High School-

Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech): 9th & 10th grades

Marine Creek Collegiate High School – 9th & 10th grades



The Power of Choice

In the 2018-19 school year, our Gold Seal students earned 36,108 college credit hours – a 29% increase from the previous year. That saves students and families an estimated $14 million in tuition and books.

In the past two years, more than 350 Fort Worth ISD students earned a college associates degree at the same time they earned their high school diploma.

Last year, students took more than 2,500 certification exams successfully. Almost all of our programs include certifications, and they are tied directly to regional workforce needs.


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