ECHS students are students in grades 9 through 12 who have the academic potential to successfully begin college classes in ninth grade, but may not realize their full ability in a traditional high school. Past grades are important, but may not be the only indicator of their ability. In some cases ECHS may be an opportunity to make a fresh start. Moving into a new community of students and teachers gives some students a chance to demonstrate that they have re-evaluated their goals and attitudes to reach higher levels of achievement. Because ECHS and El Centro are committed successfully transitioning students into college classes, students who do not show adequate academic progress may not be successful in the program.
ECHS students will not exhibit discipline or attendance problems. They will demonstrate that they have the responsibility and maturity to cope with the relative freedom of the ECHS environment. Our students will interact with one another and with El Centro staff and students in a cooperative, constructive manner in accordance with the expectations of the Dallas ISD and El Centro College.
Students apply for admission to ECHS. Prospective students should complete an application, secure recommendations, obtain copies of school records, take an assessment, and be interviewed. Applications are available in the ECHS offices and on the school website each November and December.