National Blue Ribbon School
2X National Blue Ribbon School Award for Exemplary High Performance
Not rated (2020) - TEA Accountability 99 (2019) rating;
97 (2018) rating
~71% earn Associates degrees
1158 Campus SAT Test score average with all 11th & 12th graders taking the exam (162)
2020 Horatio Alger Scholar
2022 National Commended Scholar
2018 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar
40 hours of community service required prior to graduation
100% HS grad rate for the past six years
100% of graduating seniors are College, Career, Military Readiness Met
3 AP Courses (Literature, Human Geography, Computer Science Principles)
60% attended a 2-year or 4-year college or university
76% Free & Reduced
85% First Gen College
15% Asian or Black
4 nine-week grade periods; 2 semesters
A/B block schedule with 80 minute class periods
15 high school faculty; one counselor; 1 administrator
60 college credit hours sequence
Ms. Stacy Jones
Mr. Timothy A. Isaly
3939 Valley View Ln.
Farmers Branch, TX
Early College High School
Transforming Dreams into Realities #ECHSworkethic #allforOneECHS #collEff
ECHS Designation in 2006
In 2006, Early College High School was one of fifteen Texas public schools designated as a model early college high school established in the Texas High School Project. A memorandum of understanding between Brookhaven College and the Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD provided a pathway for students to earn an associate degree and a high school diploma free of charge. ECHS is a four-year public high school enrolling 345 students in grades 9–12. Texas Education Agency guidelines for early college high schools stipulate the campus must serve At-Risk’ students who are first generation college attenders and who come from families with limited economic resources.
Academic Success Pillars
The four pillars for ECHS academic success are 1) a campus-wide focus on literacy and critical thinking, 2) an AVID school-wide curriculum, 3) strong parent and community partnerships, and 4) a commitment to serve others. All teachers focus on the development of student literacy.
The AVID school-wide four-year program focuses heavily on college readiness. In this class students complete college applications, learn how to take notes, use metacognition and self-reflections to draft formal tutorial requests for help, collaborate daily with 6-7 classmates to complete core subject assignments, complete FAFSA/TAFSA and ApplyTexas government forms, and polish scholarship essays. Over the past three years, scholarship awards have skyrocketed from $5.3 million to $8.6 million.
Every year 100% of graduating seniors earn a College and Career Military Readiness (CCMR) designation simply because they take at least three college courses directly from Brookhaven College, the site of the high school campus. Three courses earn them nine credits. Typically, the first nine credits come from the Health, Art, a foreign language or a Business Integrated Management courses (learn the Microsoft Suite). Approximately 80% of the graduating class graduate with either an Associates of Arts or an Associates of Science degree. For the 20% that do not receive the college diploma they still walk out of the high school experience with at least nine college credits.
Career Internships and Industry Certifications:
Brookhaven Campus Activities Board (paid)
Patient Care Technician Program
Phlebotomy, EKG and Clinical Nurse Aide (clinical component)
Graduation Credits (26)
4 credits English 4 credits Mathematics
4 credits Science 4 credits Social Studies
1 credit PE 1 credit Fine Arts
5.5 credits in Electives .5 credit Health
2 credits World Language or Computer Programming
Dual Credit grade scale
High School grade scale (4.0 scale)
The school vision statement informs all constituents that the students and staff are collectively responsible for creating a transformative educational experience that drives inspiration, innovation and dedication for all students and staff. This means the school adults encourage students to advocate for their individual and collective academic, social, emotion and physical needs.
To heighten motivation and interest incoming freshmen participate in many orientation and registration events. Students may shadow a student and join with the entire school for a Thanksgiving Feast, Families may tour the campus and hear a student panel describe their own school experiences. In February, accepted students return to campus for lunch, to meet the counselor, college personnel, and the principal. They also participate in a question and answer session with the current ninth grade students. A formal induction program obligates the students to uphold school traditions.
The one-week June bridge program acclimates students to daily academic rigors. These students take field trips together and participate in a fun field day event. By the end of the program incoming ninth grades hopefully have made new friends and built trusting relationship with campus adults. Upperclassmen are free to join clubs such as Interact, the BE KIND club, DECA, Dungeons and Dragons, and the chess club. High school student executive councils flourish, as does the Junior Affairs World Council. Girls participate in an IGNITE course which is designed to empower them to get active in the political process. The ‘Louder than a Bomb’ class is really a creative writing class brought to life through poetry. Our students compete routinely with other regional school teams. All high school students register as Brookhaven College students. They can join and actively participate in over 35 college clubs such as the Green Club, the Brookhaven College Student Government Association, and the Pan America Club.