AISD Receives State Approval to Establish an Early College High School

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The Texas Education Agency today announced the approval for Arlington ISD to open an early college high school in partnership with the Tarrant County College Southeast Campus. The school will open in August 2014 at TCC Southeast.

The campus will allow 100 AISD students each year to earn a high school diploma and up to 60 college credit hours and an associate degree during their four-year high school career. In accordance with our beliefs that every student can succeed and that school environment impacts achievement, the early college high school will provide students who might not otherwise consider attending college an opportunity to become part of a college-going culture.

“We are committed to providing excellent educational opportunities for our students, and the early college high school will provide innovative and rigorous learning experiences for students,” Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos said. “For students who may not desire a traditional high school education, the early college high school will allow them to complete high school and up to 60 college credit hours at no cost. This school will accelerate the realization of the hopes and aspirations of students and their families in a unique learning environment.”

“The early college high school is a step toward our mission to improve access and affordability to all students within our service area,” said TCC Southeast Campus President Dr. Bill Coppola. “As members of the TCC Southeast community, students will become a part of a college-going culture and will be highly recruited by four-year universities upon completion of their high school diploma and associate degree.”

Additional information and applications for admission will be available early this spring from junior high counselors or online at aisd.net.

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