Get a head start for college at no cost to you.
Students at Arlington Collegiate High School (ACHS) get to study in a college setting and begin taking dual-credit courses as a high school freshman. Students also get to take advantage of all the Tarrant County College facilities just across the parking lot.
When your child completes their ACHS career, they’ll be confident and ready for college with two years taken care of at no cost.
ACHS is free for ALL Arlington ISD students.
An early college high school offers your child everything they need to be a success in college.
- Earn a high school diploma, up to 60 hours of FREE college credit from Tarrant County College.
- Gain skills they can use for seamless transition from high school
- 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 their home high school campus
- Learn to work productively in a group setting
- Take advantage of Lion Scholar Program, earning college credits toward a bachelor’s degree from UTA and Texas Wesleyan
Early college high schools partner with Texas institutes of higher education to reduce barriers to college access.
Make a seamless transition from high school to college.
How to launch your ECHS education:
Identify if ECHS is right for your child.
Apply for Arlington Collegiate High School during the application window. Apply Starting October 25!
Watch your student thrive.
We understand that the choice to give your child a unique education is a big one.
At Arlington Collegiate High School, students receive all the benefits of the Arlington ISD whole-child education plus a head start for success in college.
Arlington Collegiate High School staff are committed to helping your child succeed.
Your child has an incredible path ahead.
An early college high school education will provide them with opportunities to change the world.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS AN EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL?
An ECHS allows students the unique opportunity to prepare for college success as one of 125 new incoming freshmen. Students have access to Tarrant County College (TCC) facilities, resources and services, including the faculty, libraries, labs, artistic and cultural activities and extracurricular activities, as appropriate.
HOW MUCH COLLEGE CREDIT CAN A STUDENT EARN AT ACHS?
WHAT GRADES ARE ACCEPTED INTO THIS PROGRAM?
HOW DO I APPLY AND WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED COMPARED TO HOW MANY APPLY EACH YEAR?
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR TO BE ACCEPTED?
Are students able to re-apply if they were not accepted as a freshman?
ARE THERE OTHER SCHOOLS I CAN GO TO IF I DON’T GET INTO THIS ONE?
Arlington College and Career High School
Sam Houston P-TECH
STEM Academy at Martin High School
DO YOU ACCEPT OUT-OF-DISTRICT STUDENTS?
WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I WAS ACCEPTED?
IS THERE A COST TO ATTEND ACHS?
IS THERE TRANSPORTATION?
Transportation is not provided for out-of-district students.