Making your college dreams a reality

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In August 2015, Killeen Independent School District and Central Texas College partnered to open the first Early College High School in the Killeen/Ft. Hood area.

Early College High School is a designation through the Texas Education Agency for innovative high schools located on or near a college campus that allows students an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree (up to 60 college credit hours).

Establishing the Early College High School allows KISD/CTC a unique opportunity to serve students with college potential. Students have access to Central Texas College facilities, resources and services, including the faculty, libraries, labs, artistic and cultural activities, and extracurricular activities, as appropriate. There is no cost to the student to attend. KISD will pay for tuition, fees and required textbooks to the extent those charges are not waived by Central Texas College.

KISD students who are in eighth grade may apply to attend the Early College High School beginning November 9, 2015, by picking up a paper application from their counselor or by clicking downloading an application. Applicants will be screened to identify that they meet established criteria, included in the application, and then identified applicants will become part of a selection process. Completed Student Phase One Applications are due to middle school counselors by December 3, 2015. We will continue to accept applications through the second week of January. Phase Two of the application process will entail two student essays which will be written on campus in January 2016. In January, the students will need to ask two core teachers for recommendations. Students will be notified of acceptance no later than March 1, 2016.

KISD and CTC's Early College High School includes strategies and activities to create a college-going culture and enables students to build the skills and knowledge, including academic behaviors, necessary for college success. KISD and CTC's Early College High School provides academic, social and emotional support services to ensure student success while also including parental and community outreach programs to build a widespread understanding of college culture. KISD and CTC's Early College Highs School objectives are to include:

  • 100 percent of students will graduate on time and excel at their school or career of choice.
  • 100 percent of students will reach their full academic potential.
  • 100 percent of students will graduate as lifelong learners.

For questions, please call Early College High School at 254-336-0260 or visit echs.killeenisd.org.