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P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School)
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514 W. Quincy St.
San Antonio, Texas 78212
210-554-2610 (phone)
210-212-6999 (fax)

Frequently Asked Questions
  • The SAISD P-TECH/Early College high Schools are high schools that provide students the opportunity to earn dual credit, which is credit toward a high school diploma and college degree. By the time they complete high school, students in an SAISD P-TECH/ECHS can earn up to 60 or more hours of free college credit and leading to an associate degree. They partner with institutions of higher education to enable students to earn college credit.

    Students attend 9th and 10th grade in the P-TECH/ECHS wing at the high school campus where they complete their basic courses and receive in-depth instruction to prepare them for college success. Beginning their junior year, students attend classes, tuition-free, on the campus of their community college partner. The district provides transportation to the partner community college campus.

  • A school is considered a P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) if it is designated from the Texas Education Agency, and they have industry partners that align with the campus pathways. This is the broad/generic term when referring to P-TECH campuses.

    A school is considered an H-TECH if it has the same qualifications as a P-TECH, but the pathways are health related. This is a more specific term for the pathways at the specific campus, it is still a P-TECH official campus.

    A school is considered an CSP-TECH if it has the same qualifications as a P-TECH, but the pathways are construction science related. This is a more specific term for the pathways at the specific campus, it is still a P-TECH official campus.

  • Dual credit programs allow high school students to enroll in college courses for credit while still in high school. College credits earned through dual credit can be applied toward high school and college graduation and can be transferred to other colleges or universities. At SAISD/ECHS, students can earn dual credit in a number of academic areas including math, science, English, government, history, and more.

    A dual credit program benefits students in a number of ways:

    • Provides a head start on postsecondary core requirements.
    • Lowers the cost of college (St. Philips, SAC,UTSA, TAMUSA waive tuition for dual credit).
    • Expands the variety of classes available to high school students.
    • Allows access to college facilities/activities–such as fine arts performances, career development services, computer labs, college libraries, and learning skills/tutoring services.
    • Provides greater opportunities for a coordinated, seamless education.
    • Serves as a “controlled” introduction to college life.
    • Allows for an easier transition to college.
    • Builds students’ confidence and self-esteem.
  • SAISD higher education partners are St. Philips College, San Antonio College (SAC) and University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA).
    • Accenture
    • Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
    • Galan Graphix (Graphic Design Services)
    • Girls Inc. (Girls Inc of San Antonio)
    • HEB
    • Joeris General Contractors
    • Johnson Controls
    • Methodist Hospital Metropolitan
    • SA Works
    • TACIT Growth Strategies
    • TTTX (Toyotetsu America, Inc)
    • TXFAME (Texas Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education)
    • University Health Systems
    • Workforce Solutions

  • The P-TECH/ECHS are designed to serve ninth grade students who have the determination to attend college and are first-generation college students who have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Interested eighth grade students, who will be freshmen next year, can apply for the upcoming school year.
  • Most campuses have up to 100open seats, but some may have fewer – we recommend checking with the campus you are interested in. The P-TECH/ECHS model begins in the ninth grade, and students will only be accepted into the program as freshmen.
  • Students can apply by completing and submitting the online application and providing a letter of recommendation from their eighth-grade counselor.  Apply Here.
  • Students will spend 9th and 10th grade on their high school campus taking core courses in a dedicated wing. The students will spend 11th and 12th grade on their higher education partner campus.
  • Transportation is provided to both the high school and the higher education partner campus.
  • Yes!
  • No. Tuition is waived for students enrolled and textbooks will be provided to all students free of charge.
  • Early College High Schools enable students to:

    • Earn an Associate degree - tuition free while in high school.
    • Earn as many as 60 hours of tuition-free college credit.
    • Eliminate thousands of dollars in college tuition costs.
    • Graduate from a four-year university in less time than their peers.

    P-TECH schools will enable students to do the above as well as:

    • Enter the job market with work-ready skills.

    Develop workplace skills through mentorships and internships with industry partners.

  • Simply put, students will earn college credit for classes successfully completed while in high school. These college credits are transferable to all Texas public colleges and universities and some out-of-state and private colleges. Students will enter college with a head start on their academic career and eventual professional career.
  • Students will begin taking college level classes as early their freshman year, then begin taking more classes as they progress through high school.
  • Students enrolled in college courses must meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements. This can be done by taking the TSI-Assessment (TSI-A) and earning passing scores in reading, writing, and math. Students must have passing scores in specific areas based on course prerequisites.
  • It is the policy of SAISD to afford equal opportunity education to all students. Students receiving special education services are given the same consideration in the selection as all other students. The individual needs of the student, as indicated in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP), can be addressed during any audition or performance assessment. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to provide the IEP or 504 Plan with the application. Students enrolled in dual credit courses at an Institute of Higher Education, can request accommodations by providing documentation of disability and be found eligible through the college’s Disability Support Services Office (DSO).

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