Clear Horizons Early College High School was established in 2007 on the campus of San Jacinto College South on Beamer Road and has earned a TEA Exemplary rating four consecutive years. Students graduate each year with an Associate’s Degree from San Jacinto College three weeks before walking across the stage and receiving a high school diploma from CCISD. Prior to 2007, the program operated under the name Project Excel with a focus on advanced students. Beginning in 2007, the program shifted to the early college high school concept.
Early college high school is a bold approach based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges. Since 2002, the partner organizations of the Early College High School Initiative have started or redesigned more than 200 schools in 24 states and the District of Columbia. There are more than 40 early college high schools in Texas. The schools are designed so that low-income youth, first-generation college goers, English language learners, students of color, and other young people who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education can simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree or up to two years of credit toward a Bachelor’s degree—tuition free. The majority of the students at Clear Horizons claim a minority group membership. Eighty-seven percent of the students meet one of the four target population criterion defined for Early College High Schools (ECHS) by the Texas Education Agency (TEA): 1) students are first generation college goers, 2) students are from minority groups traditionally underrepresented on college campuses, 3) students are economically disadvantaged, and/or 4) students meet one of the thirteen Texas at-risk indicators.
Clear Horizons Early College High School is a CCISD open enrollment charter school serving approximately 400 students, 100 per grade level. As defined by TEA, an ECHS may only service about 100 students per grade level. An ECHS is small by design.
Eighth-grade students in CCISD may apply each spring to participate in the lottery selection for 125 seats in the freshman class. All coursework is at the Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement levels. In addition to regular degree coursework, service learning projects are required annually and internships are required in the junior and senior years.
Clear Horizons DataClear Creek ISD Regular Program Evaluation - CLICK HERE for the full report.
Clear Creek ISD Regular Program Evaluation Presentation - CLICK HERE for the board presentation.
Alice Quinn Schwarz—Assistant Principal
Kate Graham—Community Liaison and Teacher