Award Year: 2018

East Early College High School

220 North Milby Street
Houston, TX, 77003-2708

(713) 847-4809

Mrs. Stephanie Square, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School

Houston Independent School District

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Prepare underrepresented populations for a successful college experience through increasing rigor, developing supportive relationships, and showing the relevance of knowledge to real life experiences. We strive to graduate all incoming freshmen in four years with not only the advanced high school diploma but also with up to 60 hours of college credit.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic: 94%
  • Asian: 3%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 89%


Most students who choose East Early College come from the immediate area and are typically the first generation in their family to earn a college degree, or even a high school diploma. College is often a dream for many students as they struggle to find balance between school and family responsibilities. Many families struggle financially resulting in several students supporting their family by securing employment or caring for younger siblings.

In addition to meeting social and emotional needs of our students, our school size allows for smaller class sizes and focused attention to academic needs, which translate to more direct learning for students. Key to the school's success is the determination to provide students with the same opportunities provided by more affluent schools and by larger, more comprehensive high schools. We try to keep all stakeholders informed and engaged when making school-wide decisions, including but not limited to students, parents, school partners, staff, and community members. These relationships and partnerships continually evolve to maximize opportunities for our students.