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Cedar Hill ISD partners with Cedar Valley College to offer the Early College Academy (ECA) at Cedar Hill High School. ECA is an innovative high school that provide students with an opportunity to earn a high school diploma while earning up to 60 college credit hours toward an associates degree in Science or Art. 

Early College Academy at Cedar Hill High School:

  • creates a means to higher education for first-generation college-going students
  • provides dual credit at no cost to scholars, saving families thousands on the cost for college
  • allows scholars to earn college credits while attending a comprehensive high school and participating in extra-curricular activities
  • increases college attendance and success rates for all scholars
  • offers rigorous instruction and accelerated courses
  • provides academic and social support services to help scholars succeed
  • increases college readiness
  • reduces barriers to college access


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Cedar Hill High School Points of Pride

  • 96% graduation rate (Class of 2023)

  • $18,674,991 in scholarships & grants (Class of 2023)

  • Region 5 High School UIL Marching Contest - Sweepstakes - Superior Rating

  • US Bands - Show Band Marching Contest - 1st place Band - Red Division

  • Broadway Dallas Best Ensemble Winner - Beauty and the Beast 

  • 180 seniors earned an industry certification (Class of 2023)

ECA at Cedar Hill High School Video

Is ECA the right fit for your scholar?

  • Your child is interested in being immersed in the college experience through college coursework and naturally strives for excellence and high achievement.
  • Your child is interested in obtaining college credits and working toward an associate degree or higher.
  • Your child is interested in participating in extracurricular activities such as athletics and fine arts.


ECA Admission Requirements

  1. applicants should be first generation college students
  2. applicants should be part of an underserved minority group, at-risk, and/or economically disadvantaged.  

Info from Transfer Students 

 Students wishing to transfer to CHISD for the ECA Program must submit documentation showing proof of:  
  1. passing all classes the previous year
  2. no more than 5 unexcused absences in the prior semester 
  3. no more than 1 discipline referral, no out-of-school suspensions or DAEP/LLAEP placements in the prior year
  4. passing score on all required state testing