• Early College High Schools at Ysleta ISD
    The Ysleta Independent School District is proud to announce the opening of two new Early College High Schools. These innovative high schools provide students the opportunity to obtain a high school diploma while simutaneously earning an associate's degree from El Paso Community College at no cost to families.
    El Paso Community College and Ysleta ISD collaborated to establish Valle Verde Early College High School (VVECHS) in Fall 2007.  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 the best high schools in the nation from Newsweek and US News & World Report.
    With the overwhelming success of Valle Verde ECHS, Ysleta ISD and El Paso Community College are in the final stages of opening Parkland Early College High School* (PECHS), located in Northeast El Paso, and Ysleta High School Early College Academy* (YHSECA) in the Lower Valley. Final approval for the two schools from the TEA is expected in the spring of 2017.
    The "school within a school" model allows students to fully enjoy a traditional high school experience which includes opportunities to participate in athletics, fine arts, and other extra-curricular activities. Students receive a well-rounded education that focuses on academics and college-readiness while allowing them to explore traditional high school activities.
    Application Process

    Applications are now available for download for all current eighth-grade students who are interested in applying to one of YISD's three early college high schools.

    To download the application, scroll down to the ECHS Applications section below. Instructions for completing and submitting applications are included. The early submission date for Early College High School applications is Friday, Dec. 16. The final submission deadline for applications is Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

ECHS Applications

YISD Early College High Schools

ECHS Campus Contacts

  • Parkland Early College High School*
    Ruben Alarcon
    Assistant Principal

    Valle Verde Early College High School
    Paul Covey

    Ysleta Early College Academy*
    Phillip Barraza
    Assistant Principal

  • *Pending TEA designation