Clear Horizons Early College High School

Clear Horizons Early College High School (CHECHS) was established in 2007 on the South Campus of San Jacinto College South to provide advanced acedemic opportunities in a full-time collegiate setting. The student body is selected by a weighted lottery that favors student populations who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

Clear Horizons has consistently earned top accountability ratings. In 2019, Clear Horizons was named the #1 Charter School in Houston, the #3 Charter School in Texas, and the #9 Most Diverse School in Texas. Clear Horizons is a Texas Honor Roll School identified as a “Best High School in America” in both the National Rankings and Charter Rankings issued annually by U.S. News & World Reports.

The Early College High School concept 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. Early College High Schools are designed so that low-income youth, first-generation college goers, English language learners, and students from minority backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education can earn up to two years of college credit toward a bachelor’s degree at no cost.

Students at Clear Horizons participate in two years of internships, donate 80 hours of volunteer work, and graduate with both an Associate Degree and their high school diploma. Eighth grade students who reside within the 110-mile radius of Clear Creek ISD may apply each spring in CCISD to participate in the lottery selection for 125 seats in the freshman class. All courses are taught at the honors level and are either Pre-AP, Advanced Placement, or Dual Credit college classes. More information can be found on the Clear Horizons website at : www.cheches.ccisd.net.
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