David Crockett High School

ECHS Admission Policy

What is Early College High School?


Crockett Early College High School provides the opportunity for students to earn an associate's degree or up to 60 hours of credit toward a bachelor's degree--all while in high school! Early College High Schools are an innovative way for high school students to earn both a high school diploma and a two-year associate's degree (or up to two years' credit toward a bachelor's degree) in the time it takes to go to high school--saving students both time and money. Early College High Schools are focused on getting students on a direct college path.


Program Highlights

Educational partnership is between Austin ISD and Austin Community College (ACC).

  • Students can earn tuition-free, college credits that also satisfy high school requirements, up to 60 credits of free college! Students can earn an associate's degree at the same time as a high school diploma.
  • Students must meet college-readiness standards to take college courses. When college-ready, students may begin college courses as early as their freshman year.
  • Students attend college classes during the day at South Austin ACC campus, or on the Crockett campus with ACC professors.
  • Students can access college support services including college advising, career counseling, free tutoring, use of facilities and participate in events for free.
  • There is no cost to the families or students for tuition, textbooks, or associated course fees.


We are looking for students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Fall start: students who are currently in their 8th or 9th grade year. Spring start: students who are currently in their 9th or 10th grade year.
  • Students who are 1st generation college potential (neither custodial parent has received a 4-year degree)
  • Students who would benefit from accelerated academic instruction
  • Students who are at-risk of not completing high school or pursuing higher education
  • Students who are under-served in higher education

In addition, the following are key attributes of successful ECHS students:

  • The ability to make mature, responsible, independent, and productive choices that contribute to success and growth
  • The desire to be intellectually challenged and experience rigorous college-level and honors-level high school courses
  • The ability to work cooperatively and be engaged in communication, leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, and making education a priority
  • The desire to effectively and appropriately use technology toward educational purposes and enrichment