Dallas ISD opened the door to 18 collegiate academies in the fall of 2017. When the 2018–2019 school year ends, nearly 6,000 Dallas ISD high school students will go into the summer having earned college credit hours.
These students are enrolled in one of the 23 early college high schools (ECHS) operated by Dallas ISD and the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), where students can earn up to 60 hours of college or an associate degree while still in high school. April 22–28 is Early College High School Week. ECHS Week is a time to celebrate the impact of Early College High Schools, a national movement that is helping thousands of students to graduate high school while simultaneously earning valuable postsecondary degrees.
“We want to use Early College High School Week to recognize our students, faculty and partners who are working together toward a common goal,” said Dallas ISD Assistant Superintendent Usamah Rodgers.
Dallas ISD Chief of Strategic Initiatives Brian Lusk thanked the 75 industry partners who have partnered with the P-TECHs, or Pathways to Technology Early College High Schools. From American Airlines to Microsoft to Parkland Hospital, these industry partners bring real-world experiences to the students.
“The industry partners are helping bring to life the work the P-TECH students are doing in their classes,” Lusk said.
Dallas ISD and the DCCCD will open four additional collegiate options in August 2019: Skyline Collegiate Academy, North Lake Collegiate Academy, W.T. White Fine Arts Collegiate Academy and Wilmer-Hutchins Fine Arts Collegiate Academy.