Grapevine-Colleyville ISD has received state approval to open an Early College High School (ECHS) beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. The Grapevine-Colleyville ECHS is a joint initiative with Tarrant County College Northeast that aims to make college accessible for every student.
The Texas Education Agency granted initial approval of the district’s application in January. The school will open in August 2014 with an inaugural ninth-grade class, and freshmen classes will be added each year as the program grows into a four-year high school.
“We are excited to partner with Tarrant County College Northeast to offer this unique high school experience to the students in GCISD,” said Dr. Robin Ryan, Superintendent. “Early College High School is an initiative that supports our LEAD 2021 strategic plan and its focus on providing opportunities for all students to graduate ready for college and/or career paths. As we further that focus, we look forward to building this program alongside the talented staff at TCC for the benefit of our students.”
The Grapevine-Colleyville ECHS will allow GCISD students to earn their high school diploma and as many as 60 college credits, while having access to college facilities, services and resources. Students will take courses taught by GCISD high school teachers as well as TCC professors, and could potentially earn an associate’s degree along with their high school diploma. Through the partnership with TCC Northeast, transportation to and from school, as well as all tuition, fees and textbooks will be included at no cost to the students throughout their four-year high school career.