Early College High School

Finish a College Degree in High School

Austin Community College's Early College High School (ECHS) Program enables qualified, motivated high school students to earn an associate degree (or up to 60 college credits) before earning their high school diplomas.

Where are classes held & who teaches them?

Students take almost all of their college courses on ACC campuses in mixed classrooms with traditional college students. All Early College High School courses are taught by qualified ACC faculty.

Participating high schools include:

Do my credits transfer?

College credits earned transfer to most Texas public college or universities. It’s important to verify course transferability with your intended university.

What's the cost?

Free. Tuition and fees are covered by the Early College High School.

$12,000 = average saved in tuition and fees by an ACC Early College High School student.

HS Programs Enrollment Guidebook (PDF)

Get Started

  1. Contact the Office of College and High School Relations

    Contact the Office of College and High School Relations to identify your program of choice.

  2. Meet with your High School Counselor

    Meet with your high school counselor to review and complete testing requirements.

  3. Submit an ACC Admission Application

    Submit an online ACC admissions application.

  4. Complete the High School Programs new student online orientation

    All new, first-time High School Programs students must complete the online orientation and pass the Assessment at the end with a score of 80% or higher.

  5. Register and Attend ACC Classes

    Register, attend, and successfully complete your ACC classes.

  6. Continue at ACC

    Continue at ACC to finish your associate degree (unless you already did!) or transfer credits to another college/university.