Arlington College and Career High School

Preparing Students for a Lifetime of Success




Get a head start on college or a great career at no cost to you.

Make a college education a reality by earning up to 60 hours of FREE college credit from Tarrant County College

Acquire Workforce Certifications in a variety of programs offered at Tarrant County College

Set yourself apart from the competition by developing workplace skills and techniques for college success while in high school

Graduate with a high school diploma and associate degree at the same time

Students at Arlington College and Career High School (ACCHS) get to study in a college setting and begin taking dual-credit courses as a high school freshman. Students also get to take classes that put them on target to get Level 1 workforce certifications.  

State Average = 40% of students earning an associate degree 

Arlington ISD = 90% success 

When your child completes their ACCHS career, they’ll be confident and ready for college or to head into the workforce.  

ACCHS is free for ALL Arlington ISD students and those enrolling from outside of the district. 

An early college high school offers your child everything they need to be a success in college or in their career.

  • Earn a high school diploma and up to 60 hours of FREE college credit from Tarrant County College 
  • Receive academic and social supports in a strategic and individualized fashion from Tarrant County College faculty members as well as Arlington ISD teachers 
  • Get free transportation to and from home high school campuses 
  • Learn to work productively in group settings 
  • Take advantage of free Workforce 1 certifications 

Early college high schools partner with Texas institues of higher education to reduce barriers to college access. 

Make a seamless transition from high school to college or career with a diploma, associate degree and workforce certifications in hand.

How to launch your ACCHS education:

  • Step 1

    Identify if early college high school is right for your child.

  • Step 2

    Apply for Arlington College and Career High School during the application window.

  • STEP 3

    Watch your student thrive.

We understand that the choice to give your child a unique education is a big one.

At Arlington College and Career High School, students receive all the benefits of the Arlington ISD whole-child education plus a head start for success in college or career.

Arlington College and Career High School staff are committed to helping your child succeed.

  • Focus on highly-personalized attention
  • Tutoring and test preparations tailored for each student
  • Frequent check-ins from counselors and staff
  • Summer bridge programming offered
  • Application assistance provided
  • Free transportation provided from hub locations across the district

Your child has an incredible path ahead. 

A ACCHS education will provide them with opportunities to change the world. 


An Early College High School like Arlington College and Career High School (ACCHS) is a designation through the Texas Education Agency for innovative high schools located on or near a college campus. This designation allows students who would not otherwise consider attending college an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree (up to 60 free college credit hours) and workforce certifications simultaneously.

An Early College High School allows students the unique opportunity to prepare for college and/or career success as one of 100 new incoming freshmen. Students have access to Tarrant County College facilities, resources and services, including the faculty, libraries, labs, artistic and cultural activities and extracurricular activities, as appropriate.

ACCHS students can earn up to 60 free college credit hours, an associate of arts or associate of applied science degree, and a level 1 workforce certificate.

Students must begin ACCHS during their ninth-grade year, so only incoming ninth graders are accepted.

Any eighth-grader can apply to attend ACCHS beginning in ninth grade. Students can apply online at or Applications will be available starting at noon on Nov. 1, 2021, and must be submitted by Jan. 28, 2022, at 5 p.m. Students and parents must fill out the application completely and then the selection process will begin and can include student and parent interviews and parent information sessions.

Approximately 100 students are accepted each year. More than 350 students apply each year.

We are looking for students who work hard and have a positive attitude. Students at ACCHS will go to a campus that creates a college-going culture that enables students to build the skills and knowledge, including academic behaviors, necessary for college success.

Residents outside of Arlington ISD boundaries will be offered admission after all Arlington ISD residents have been placed. Out-of-district siblings of current ACCHS students are exempt from this requirement.

A notification will be sent via e-mail on March 7, 2022, to the e-mail address provided on the application form. Parents will have until Thursday, March 10, 2022, to respond.

There is no cost to attend ACCHS. The Arlington ISD will pay for tuition, fees and required textbooks to the extent those charges are not waived for Tarrant County College.

Yes, there are school buses that travel to and from each traditional high school in the district on each school day to ACCHS. Students are picked up at the traditional high school they are zoned to attend then driven to ACCHS each day. They ride the bus back to the traditional high school each afternoon.

Transportation is not provided for out-of-district students.

Yes, there will be meetings scheduled at selected locations to be determined.

No competitive sports or fine arts are available at ACCHS, and students who attend ACCHS cannot compete in these areas for other high schools.