PAC and Edgewood ISD launch new ECHS partnership

August 16, 2017

Public Relations

Palo Alto College, part of the Alamo Colleges District, has partnered with Edgewood Independent School District to launch two new early college high school (ECHS) partnerships at John F. Kennedy High School and Memorial High School. Beginning fall 2017, incoming freshman students will be the first in the Edgewood district to be able to earn college credits as soon as their freshman year in high school.

“Providing educational access to the community is part of the core values and tradition at Palo Alto College,” said Dr. Mike Flores, president of the College. “Along with our partners at Edgewood ISD, we have yet again created an environment where students, often the first in their families to go to college, can earn a significant number of college credits by the time they graduate from high school.” 

Using an enhanced dual-credit model, students enrolled at an ECHS will have an opportunity to earn an associate degree or up to 60 hours of college credits toward a bachelor’s degree, while also earning their high school diploma.

The two Edgewood ECHS partnerships will add to Palo Alto College’s five current ECHS partnerships, four of which will graduate their first group of senior high school students in May 2018. With the Edgewood ISD partnership, the Alamo Colleges District now has total of 16 ECHS partners throughout its service area. More than 660 students have earned an associate degree through one of the Alamo Colleges District’s Early College High Schools since 2013.

“Pathways to success in today’s world must have an Early College High School option,” said Dr. Emilio Castro, superintendent of Edgewood ISD. “Our students’ opportunity to graduate high school with college credit supports their ability to reach their highest potential in an ever-changing world.”