Award Year: 2016

Alief Early College High School

2811A Hayes Road
Houston, TX, 77082-2642

(281) 988-3010

Ms. Kerry Johnson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Choice School

Alief Independent School District

School Website


AECHS will maintain an environment to ensure students reach high levels of academic achievement and college readiness through a comprehensive system of instruction and support.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 20%
  • White: 4%
  • Hispanic: 55%
  • Asian: 19%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Members of the 2017 Alief Early College High School senior class.

Members of the 2017 Alief Early College High School senior class.

AECHS blends high school and college coursework allowing traditionally underserved students the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree while simultaneously earning a high school diploma. Combining academic rigor and high expectations with the ability to save time and money has proven a powerful motivator for students to earn a college degree before graduating from high school. AECHS students meet at least one of the following criteria: first generation in college, economically disadvantaged, English spoken as a second language, historically underrepresented in college, and/or at risk of not graduating from high school. AECHS is located on the Houston Community College Campus. Alief ISD and HCC maintain a partnership that provides financial, academic, and social supports which promote college and career readiness. 60% of seniors have earned an Associate Degree of Science or Art and another 20% have completed the core academic courses. Supporting academic success is accomplished by requiring AVID for all four years, academic counseling, and providing variety of opportunities for students beyond the school day. AECHS students read, write, think, and talk in every classroom, every day. As a result of our students' success, AECHS has earned the highest accountability ratings from the Texas Education Association and been named one of the top Texas High Schools by Niche and the Children at Risk Foundation. Graduating seniors have earned millions of dollars in scholarships including ones from Quest Bridge, Dell, Posse, Children's Defense League "Beat the Odds", Reagan, and Horatio Alger. GO KNIGHTS!