AUSTIN (KXAN) – Bastrop Independent School District will partner with Austin Community College to offer Early College High School programs that will offer students an opportunity to earn a two-year college degree while in high school.
The Texas Education Agency approved an Early College High School program for Bastrop ISD on Jan. 21. Students in the early college high school program take high school and college courses at the same time, allowing them to earn college credits while they complete their high school degree. Students involved in the program also have the opportunity to earn an associate degree or career or technical certificate before they graduate high school.
Early College High School programs are funded through public-private partnerships, grants, and shared-cost agreements, enabling school districts to offer the programs at no charge to students. ACC will also offer program support and professional development for Bastrop ISD faculty and staff and they will provide access to advising, libraries, learning labs and free tutoring.