YISD Early College High Schools
  • Early College High Schools at Ysleta ISD

    In partnership with El Paso Community College, the Ysleta Independent School District offers students in El Paso the opportunity to obtain a high school diploma while simultaneously earning an associate's degree by enrolling in one of our four Early College High Schools.

    Valle Verde Early College High School (VVECHS) opened its doors in Fall 2007 as YISD’s first early college high school.  This distinctive school was built on the vision that innumerable accomplishments are possible when students are given the environment to succeed. Since its opening, Valle Verde ECHS has earned numerous awards and distinctions from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), as well as recognition as one of the best high schools in the nation from Newsweek and US News & World Report. In 2017, Valle Verde ECHS was named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School.

    Parkland Early College High School (PECHS) and Ysleta High School Early College Academy (YHSECA) opened in Fall 2017 with about 100 freshmen at each school. J.M. Hanks High School opened in the Fall of 2020 making it the district's fourth early college.  The "school within a school" model at these schools allows students to receive a well-rounded education that focuses on academics and college readiness while allowing them to explore traditional high school activities, such as athletics, fine arts, and other extra-curricular activities.

    Application Process

    Students from all areas of El Paso can apply to our early college high schools in January of their 8th-grade year using the applications linked below.

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