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Early College High School (ECHS)

Early College High Schools (ECHS) provide rigorous, supportive learning environments that blend high school and the first two years of college. They incorporate effective instruction and structural practices common to many small schools. The unique mission of the ECHS is to raise the high school graduation and postsecondary success rates of underserved youth.

Utah has six ECHS operating in partnership with seven of the state’s higher education colleges and universities. These public charter high schools combine traditional high school classes, Concurrent Enrollment classes, and Early College on-campus classes to accelerate their student’s progress. A large percentage of ECHS students graduate from high school with an associate’s degree. The high school pays the participating student’s college tuition as part of their public education.

Students are selected by a lottery system. Students enter the schools in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade, depending on the school. Students must meet the requirements for Concurrent Enrollment and Early College classes established by the colleges and universities. To be successful in ECHS, students must be focused, willing to devote their time to academic pursuits, and have a strong work ethic.

The program allows ECHS students to move into the college experience gradually over two or three years. Throughout their school experience, there are academic and social supports available that help students succeed. The small size of ECHS and the opportunity for students to participate in a collaborative learning environment becomes a powerful motivator for students. If you are interested in an ECHS experience, contact any one of the ECHS.


Academy for Math, Engineering and Science (AMES)

Intech Collegiate High School 

Itineris Early College High School

Northern Utah Academy for Math, Engineering and Science (NUAMES) 

Success Academy

Utah County Academy of Sciences (UCAS)