Clear Horizons Early College High School

Clear Horizons Early College High School (CHECHS)

The foundation supplements instructional funding for students at CHECHS, located at San Jacinto College South, who simultaneously earn a college associates degree and a high school diploma.

  • Enables and encourages high school students to be first-generation college students.
  • Helps students develop the necessary learning skills to succeed in both their high school and college courses.
  • The Foundation awarded $60,000 to CHECHS for the 2018-2019 School year, and has awarded over $445,000 since 2011.

Clear Horizons Early College High School was established in 2007 on the campus of San Jacinto College South to provide opportunities to student populations who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education environments.  Clear Horizons has consistently earned top accountability ratings, including 7 out of 7 Academic Achievement Distinctions from TEA in 2016.  Clear Horizons students graduate from San Jacinto College South with an associate degree as well as a high school diploma from CCISD.

Early college high school is a bold approach based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious academic challenges.  Early College High Schools are designed so low-income youth, first-generation college goers, English language learners, and other populations traditionally underrepresented in higher education can simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate degree tuition free.  As defined by TEA, an ECHS may only service about 100 students per grade level, creating a small, supportive familial environment for students.

Clear Horizons Early College High School is a CCISD charter school serving between 400 and 500 students, with a maximum of 125 per grade level.  Eighth grade students in CCISD may apply each spring to participate in the lottery selection for 125 seats in the freshman class.  All coursework is at the Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement levels.  In addition to rigorous academic coursework, each student is required to perform service learning hours and two semesters of internships.

There are more than 3,700 high schools in the state of Texas, of which 160 are Early College High Schools. The table below shows the current rankings for Clear Horizons compared to the other Early College High Schools as well as all high schools in Texas:


Ranked ECHS in Texas Ranked High School in Texas
Newsweek 1 11
US News and World Report 3 52
Children At Risk 1 10
Niche 1 49

For questions or for enrollment information, please contact Clear Horizons at 281-929-4657.

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