The Early College HS initiative is an open-enrollment program that blends college and high school coursework, enabling students to earn up to two years of college credit (60 hours), tuition-free, while enrolled in high school.


Applicants must be current LISD 8th-grade students in good standing to be advanced to the 9th grade.

The ECHS program conducts a weighted lottery open to all 8th-grade applicants, with extra weight placed on students who align with targeted populations according to the ECHS Blueprint as outlined by the Texas Education Agency.

The application for the 2022–2023 school year will be made available Feb. 7, 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

Nothing! ECHS is free.

How do I apply?

The application will be live on Feb. 7. Please visit ECHS Homepage and click the APPLY button on or after this date, or check with your school counselor.

How can I learn more?

Please tour this site or contact ECHS at (512) 570-1019, or via email to [email protected]

What exactly is ECHS?

Early College High School is a partnership between Leander ISD and Austin Community College that allows high school students to obtain their high school diploma while simultaneously earning a general studies associate degree from ACC.

How does ECHS benefit me?

ECHS is a School of Choice for students in Leander ISD. The focus of ECHS is to empower our community by providing equitable access for all to alternative educational opportunities with a specific focus on high-quality education and post-secondary success, with a focus on EcoDis, At-Risk and First Generation College.

Is transportation provided for ECHS students?

Transportation is available for all students attending ECHS.

When do I begin taking college classes?

Your first college course will be taken your freshman year – EDUC 1300.

What would my schedule look like?

Your schedule will show eight courses, but only four are attended each day – Monday through Thursday (A/B Days). On Friday, you will attend all eight classes for 45 minutes each.

What if I need help in my classes?

An advisory period is built-in every day for 50 minutes, after school tutorials 3 days a week for an hour (transportation provided), peer-assisted learning, and tutoring is offered at ACC at no charge for ECHS students.

Will I be at ACC all day?

Students who are enrolled in ECHS will be at the ACC San Gabriel Campus for the entire school day.

Are there sports, band, or clubs at ECHS?

There are no sports or band courses, but you may select from our many campus clubs, esports team and participate in ACC intramural sports.