Why Early College High School?

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US News best high schools in nation

Most schools offer dual credit. We provide dual completion.

That's the ECHS difference.

Here you can earn a college degree and graduate with a high school diploma at the same time through our partnership with Tyler Junior College.

Instead of only receiving college credits, your child can earn 60 college hours to complete one of our degree plans.

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Here's What You Get

You get $30,000 in value by enrolling, which includes:


FREE TJC Associate Degree

How many places can offer you free college without a scholarship?


FREE College Textbooks

No need to worry about loans for books. Your textbooks are fully included with your enrollment.


60 Hrs. Transferable College Credit

College credits that can easily transfer to a four-year university.


More Than 40 Dual Credit Courses

We give you options when you join ECHS. Pick the courses you want or are interested in.


Attend Classes at TJC

Not only do you get to attend classes at ECHS, but you will also be transported to TJC to learn in a true college environment.



These tests are valuable when applying for scholarships and four-year universities, and we prepare you for them.


All Classes are Pre-AP or AP

We only offer the highest academic courses which puts our students in the top 5% when it comes to AP test scores.


Numerous Degree Plans

We don't just offer general studies with generic classes. ECHS offers multiple degree plans to make sure you find your ideal future.


About Our Degree Plans

Our current degree plans can set you up for a job after high school or you can continue working toward your bachelors degree seamlessly. We continue to work with TJC to provide additional degree plans.

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What's the Catch?

All students must apply and interview to attend ECHS. Don't worry, it is not that hard!

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What Our Parents, Teachers, & Students Think

There is no better way to get an inside look into ECHS than through those in it.


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Early College will push your boundaries. Not only will you strive for greatness, but you will understand the true feeling of achievement. It's also like a tiny house. It’s small, filled with love, and has a solid foundation."

Kileigh S.  


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Teaching at Early College has opened my eyes to different cultures, backgrounds, and how resilient our students truly can be when it comes to their educational pursuits."

Alex P.  



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At ECHS you will be able to meet many different types of people, all with shining personality traits. Many people say that Early College is hard, which may be true, however, there is always a reward behind hard work."

Aric M.  


Ready for the next step?

We are excited that you are interested in joining Early College High School. We encourage families to schedule an in-person tour to see the great things happening on campus.

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Have Questions?

Our admissions team is here to help answer any questions you may have.

Call our campus at 903.262.1710 and ask for one of our staff below.

Amanda Hortman

Amanda Hortman


Have questions about what we offer?

Andy Haas

Andy Haas

Dean of Students

Have questions about academics?

Ashley Standifer

Ashley Standifer


Have questions about class schedules?

Pamela Williams

Pamela Williams

Administrative Assistant

Have general questions?

Listen and Learn More About ECHS

Here is a podcast featuring our Principal which goes even more in depth about our school which you can listen to below!

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Frequently Asked Questions

The ECHS Experience

Our focus matches our students. Academics is the #1 priority. The awesome part about that is your child will be surrounded by students with the same ambition and drive.

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What About After ECHS?

Most students who graduate from ECHS know that they will continue their education beyond an associate's degree.

Did you know? ECHS students now have a direct pathway through our partnership with UT Tyler, where their college counselors work with our students one-on-one to make sure the courses and credits they take here will transfer directly to UT Tyler.

But Wait... There's Even More

There is also the Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) who partners with eight Texas universities to deliver the GTF Scholars Program.

This program is available to all ECHS graduates which gives them the opportunity to be awarded full-ride scholarships to those schools.

Schools Included in GTF Scholarship

Below are the schools that are partners with the Greater Texas Foundation.

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University of Texas at Tyler

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Texas A&M University

University of North Texas

University of North Texas


University of Texas at El Paso

Texas A&M San Antonio

Texas A&M at San Antonio

University of Houston Downtown

University of Houston Downtown

UT Permian Basin

University of Texas Permian Basin


University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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Find Your Successful Student Outcome at ECHS

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Owls in the News

Read some of the recent articles where our current and former students have been highlighted.

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ECHS Student Inspires Effort to Help Local Children Battling Cancer

Current Early College High School (ECHS) sophomore student Aneesa Cedillo battled a rare type of cancer when she was only six years old.

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Tyler ISD's Early College High Students Give Emotional Farewell at Graduation to Retiring Principal

"On behalf of all of your students here, we hope that with the confidence and the tools you’ve given us to embark on each of our own expeditions, we make you proud,” Bernal said.

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#1 High School in ETX via TylerToday

When it comes to education, Tyler ISD's Early College High School (ECHS) is number one in East Texas. The secret is out, and ECHS, one of the four high schools in Tyler, has been named the #1 High School in East Texas by U.S. News & World Report.