Benchmark 1: Target Population

  • ***Applications to join the ECHS family for the 2019-20 year are closed. Congratulations to the incoming class of 2023 that was welcome into the ECHS family at our signing night on TBA (Cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic).***

    Admissions Policy

    Tyler ISD Early College High School’s primary focus is on providing students from underrepresented backgrounds (i.e. at-risk, low income and/or first generation college attendees) the opportunity to earn 60+ college credits free of charge while attending high school. As a designated Early College High School we must target students from underrepresented backgrounds; however, we encourage students of all backgrounds to apply.

    Note: In accordance with the Texas Education Agency rules for ECHS Blueprint Benchmark 1, academics, discipline, state assessments and/or teacher recommendations cannot be considered in the selection process.

    Application Criteria

    Students must reside in the Tyler ISD attendance zone. In addition to a completed application, there is an essay and interview requirement for all applicants. Current 9th graders who have NOT been previously enrolled at ECHS are also eligible to apply. We typically accept approximately 125 incoming freshmen and 15 incoming sophomores. They will complete the full application process. No incoming juniors or seniors will be admitted unless they were previously enrolled in another early college high school.

    Application Process

    Students with completed applications submitted by the deadline will be scheduled for an interview. During the interview, students will be asked to submit a writing sample by completing an essay prompt. Students may submit essay in English or Spanish. Interviews will be conducted by the Tyler ISD Early College High School Selection Team.

     Hard copies of the application must be mailed to: Tyler ISD Early College High School, 2800 West Shaw, Tyler, TX 75701. Teacher recommendations will be available in hard copy or on the ECHS website. Recommendations can be submitted via email attachment, intercampus mail, or US mail. Do NOT give completed recommendations to students. For additional information regarding the ECHS application process, contact Ms. DelSenna M. Frazier (Principal of ECHS) at 903-262-3098 or by email.