Several national studies have found that secondary students who attended Early College High Schools (ECHS) graduated, enrolled in college, earned college credit, and attained associates degrees at significantly higher rates than their peers in traditional, public schools. For example, nationally, 23% of ECHS graduates earned an associates degree or technical certificate in addition to their high school diploma, and the average ECHS graduate earned 36 college credits, increasing the likelihood of additional higher education attainment.
The two ECHSs partnered in since 2008 by the Alamo Colleges and local independent school districts (ISD), San Antonio ISD and Judson ISD, have produced much stronger performance outcomes than their national counterparts. In 2013, 82% of Alamo Colleges’ ECHS graduates attained an associates degree or technical certificate in addition to their high school diploma – an impressive 350% higher than the national average! Additionally, Alamo Colleges' ECHS graduates earned an average number of 58 college credits – 22 average college credits or 61% more than the national average, all attained tuition free!
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