Early College High School
The Early College High School at Brookhaven College is a school of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District that is located at the college's main campus. As an educational choice, the ECHS is open to students who reside in the C-FB district and are entering the ninth grade. Each year, between 75 and 100 students are recruited from C-FB middle schools: Vivian Field, DeWitt Perry, Dan F. Long and Ted Polk. Our program has grown into a full-four year high school since its first graduating class in 2010.
The ECHS is a part of the Texas High School Project, a $251 million public-private initiative that is committed to increasing graduation rates and college enrollment rates in Texas communities. THSP partners include the Texas Education Agency, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Wallace Foundation, educators and others. The governor of Texas strongly supports the program.
Through the THSP, the ECHS is designed to enable students to achieve two years of college credit at the same time they are earning a high school diploma and within four to five years of entering ninth grade. Additionally, this boosts graduation rates and increases the number of Texas high school students prepared for post-secondary success.
Michael Arreola, former R.L. Turner assistant principal, is the current principal of ECHS. Mr. Arreola graduated from Sunset High School in Oak Cliff. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from University of North Texas and his master’s degree from Lamar University. He began his educational career as a student teacher at an elementary school, then as a coach at Ted Polk Middle School.
For more information, please visit the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District's ECHS website. For more information about the ECHS Initiative on the national level, go online to http://www.earlycolleges.org.
Early College High School Named Blue Ribbon School for 2014
The U.S. Department of Education has recognized the Early College High School at Brookhaven College as one of just 48 high schools n the nation to earn the designation as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2014. The ECHS was designated an Exemplary High Performing School.
The award honors the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.
As a school that accommodates many students who are economically disadvantaged and at risk of dropping out of high school, ECHS has proven that a student’s success is not directly tied to their address, race, background or family income. More than 300 students are enrolled in the ECHS a part of the Carrollton-Farmers
Branch Independent School District.
“National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts.
We celebrate them for their tireless eort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student,” said Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education.
Early College High School Phi Theta Kappa Awards
Awards ceremonies at the Early College High School included several invitations to join Phi Theta Kappa. Ceremonies recognized ECHS students with certificates of membership for Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for students in two-year colleges.
Student Success — José Carpio, senior at the Early College High School at Brookhaven College, has been named a Semifinalist for the prestigious National Merit® Scholarship Program. The program supports high school students who intend to enroll in college full-time following their completion of high school. Approximately 1.5 million students apply to the program each year. As a Semifinalist, Carpio has been recognized as one of the highest scoring entrants in Texas. “That I was named a National Merit Scholarship Corporation Semifinalist is surprising and exciting,” he stated. “I’m glad I came to Brookhaven because I don’t think I would have had the same success anywhere else.” Carpio will be notified in February 2015 if he will advance to Finalist standing.