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.
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
An Early College High School like Arlington Collegiate High School (ACHS) 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 with up to 60 free college credit hours.
An Early College High School allows students the unique opportunity to prepare for college 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.
ACHS students can earn up to 60 free college credit hours and an associate of arts or associate of applied science degree.
Students must begin ACHS during their ninth-grade year, so only incoming ninth graders are accepted.
Any eighth-grader can apply to attend ACHS beginning in ninth grade. Students can apply online at www.aisd.net/specializedprograms or www.aisd.net/arlington-collegiatehigh-school/. 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 per program 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 ACHS 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 ACHS students are exempt from this requirement.
A notification will be sent via email on March 7, 2022, to the email address provided on the application form. Parents will have until Thursday, March 10, 2022, to respond.
There is no cost to attend ACHS. 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 ACHS. Students are picked up at the traditional high school they are zoned to attend then driven to ACHS 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 information sessions conducted virtually on Zoom.com and in-person on the following dates and times:
- Tuesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. on Zoom Meeting
ID: 836 9791 9363 | Passcode: 763351
- Thursday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m. (joint P-TECH and early college high schools meeting) on Zoom
Meeting ID: | Passcode:
- Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Arlington Collegiate High School Address: 2224 SE Parkway, Arlington, 76018
- Thursday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom in SPANISH
Meeting ID: 862 8053 4728 | Passcode: 909873
- Wednesday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Arlington College and Career High School Address: 4900 W. Arkansas Ln, Arlington 76016
No competitive sports or fine arts are available at ACHS, and students who attend ACHS cannot compete in these areas for other high schools.