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College opportunity is calling the name of every high school student in Brownsville, Texas. And why not? The Brownsville Independent School District (BISD) has become a leader in the state by offering the designated Early College High School (ECHS) program at all seven BISD high schools. A plan the Texas Education Agency (TEA) endorses as “College for Everyone” is now an everyday occurrence for any Brownsville student.

The Early College High School program introduces college level learning to secondary students, with the opportunity to earn not only a high school diploma, but up to 60 college credit hours, at no cost to the high school students or their families. For the past 3 years, BISD students have earned over 30,000 college credit hours while attending high school. Qualifying school districts must enter into an agreement with an institution of higher learning in order to gain TEA approval. Brownsville ISD has partnered with Texas Southmost College (TSC), Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK), and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Other college and university partnerships are being developed.

There are currently 164 designated ECHS campuses across Texas. Brownsville ISD has seven of them: the original Brownsville Early College High School, Homer Hanna Early College High School, James Pace Early College High School, Gladys Porter Early College High School, Lopez Early College High School, Simon Rivera Early College High School, and Veterans Memorial Early College High School.

BISD is one of the few districts in Texas to offer a “wall-to-wall” ECHS model which allows all students to earn college credit.

“Brownsville ISD continues to put students first by ensuring that they obtain a rigorous education which will prepare them for career and post-secondary success,” said Dr. Esperanza Zendejas, Superintendent. “We believe that when we enroll a child, we enroll the entire family. The Early College High School initiative supports our families by substantially lowering higher education costs. It also supports the larger community by ensuring that Brownsville is prepared for the jobs of the future.”

Here’s how the ECHS model works in Brownsville. District high schools currently offer over 20 dual enrollment courses including art, music, Spanish, psychology, and speech. Students are enrolled in the ECHS courses which are offered in several different ways. The majority of the courses are taught by qualified BISD teachers with Master’s degrees or adjunct college instructors. However, in order to broaden student access for dual credit, students now have on-line options available at UTRGV and summer concurrent enrollment opportunities at both TSC and UTRGV.

Students also receive a range of support services such as tutorials and preparation for the Texas Success Initiative which is used to determine placement in college courses. District ECHS students receive the same support services enjoyed by on-campus college students.

Each Brownsville ECHS has a transitional counselor who aligns the college program of study with the BISD curriculum and House Bill 5 mandates. An ECHS director at each campus ensures that students successfully meet the academic rigor of college courses and that the ECHS campuses meet the standards of the college designation.

Saving time and money in the pursuit of a college education is important. A BISD high school student taking full advantage of the Early College High School program could save $24,000 or more in future college costs. At the same time, students gain the discipline and learning skills they need to succeed in college. Brownsville ISD is taking the lead by offering this educational opportunity at all seven high schools.

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College Ready, College Connected,
and College Completed!

Contact Information
Merrill Hammons
Advanced Academic Services
(956) 548-8291
708 Palm Blvd. (Rm.209)
Brownsville, Texas 78520

Early College Documents
and Forms

-ECHS Student Guidlines and Parental Consent Form
-ECHS Checklist
-ECHS Common Vocabulary
-Dual Credit Request Form
-Do My Dual Credits Transfer?

Counseling Documents
-ECHS 8th Grade Flow Chart
-High School Counselor Flow Chart
-Returning Dual Enrollment Students Flow Chart

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Documents and Forms
-College and Career Preparation
-TSI Practice Tests
-Interpreting TSI Scores
-STAAR TSI Crosswalk
-TSI Blueprint College Board
-TSI Assessment Sample Test Questions
-TSI Assessment Student Informational Brochure
-Helpful Hints & Links
-Helpful Hints MATH
-Helpful Hints Reading
-Helpful Hints Writing
-Interpreting TSI Diagnostic Scores

ECHS Information
ECHS PowerPoint
ECHS Course Sequence Plans
ECHS 60 Hour Crosswalk
Sure Score Administrator Dashboard
Sure Score Student Log In
TEA ECHS Website
• May 5th, 2017 is the deadline for high school students to TSI test if they are interested in taking dual enrollment courses during the 2017-2018 academic year. Please see your transitional counselor for TSI testing dates on your campus. This does not apply to BECHS students.

Instructional Support
CIF Protocols
CIF Rubic Students
CIF Rubic Teachers

TSC Information
Parent Orientation PowerPoint
Oliveira Learning Lab
Spring 2017 Deadlines
Fall 2017 Deadlines
• Instructor Application Link
Individual Approval- Reference Letter
Proof of Immunization
TSC Concurrent Enrollment
ECHS Instructor Application Link
Summer 2017 Dual Credit Reminders
Summer 2017 Dual Handbook
Drop Form
Withdrawal From
Transfer Form

TAMUK Information
Dual Enrollment Courses Offered
Student Guidelines
Transcript Request Form
Student Enrollment Documents

UTRGV Information
Transcript Request Link
Academic Calendar
BISD_UTRGV Concurrent Enrollment Participation Agreement
Concurrent Enrollment Checklist
UTRGV CE Authorization Form
UTRGV Drop Form
UTRGV General Core Curriculum
UTRGV Withdrawal Form

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