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ECHS students at STEM Career Awareness Day.

MISSION STATEMENT


The DeSoto Early College High School program is committed to empowering a diverse body of students to develop and apply their skills in order to pursue knowledge and become productive college students, workers, and citizens. We will accomplish this by designing curricula and support structures that ensure all students meet and exceed all performance standards to obtain a high school diploma and an associate degree or two years of transferable college credit.

DECHS LEADERSHIP

Leadership & Support

Click to view DeSoto ECHS leadership agendas, plans, and policies.

OBJECTIVES

  • To create a means to higher education for first-generation college students.
  • To provide dual credit to students at no cost along with intense academic counseling.
  • To develop course work which reflects a college curriculum.
  • To increase college attendance and success rates for students.
  • To promote a college culture among students on and off campus.

National KEY FACTS

Early College enables students, particularly low-income and minority students, to experience rigorous high school and college coursework that leads to improved outcomes. Early college students are outperforming their peers nationwide:

  • 90% of ECHS students graduate high school vs. 78% of traditional students.
  • 94% of ECHS students earn free college credit while in high school.
  • 23% of ECHS students earn an Associates degree or other post-secondary credentials while in high school.