Admission Policy / Exit Protocol

Admission Policy / Student Academic Exit Protocol

PECHS Admission Policy


In September, 2010, the Pasadena Independent School District and San Jacinto Community College jointly created the Pasadena Early College High School (PECHS).  This unique school is specifically designed to provide students the opportunity to begin college during the ninth grade.  This school redefines the typical comprehensive high school experience by providing a small school setting within the regular high school. This program enables students to progress in four years from the ninth grade through the first two years of college earning both their high school distinguished diploma and either an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree.


Admissions process:

  • All students in 8th grade that are zoned to Pasadena High School are welcome to apply for admissions.
  • Many factors are considered for enrollment in PECHS, and enrollment decisions are not solely based on state assessment scores, discipline history, teacher recommendation, and/or minimum grade point average.
  • PECHS welcomes and seeks those students who are historically underrepresented in college courses like first generation college students, lower socioeconomic status, minorities and other “at risk” students.
  • The time line and application process will be shared with all the intermediate schools zoned to PHS at the beginning of the school year.
  • After attending one of the informational sessions the student and his/her parent will complete, sign and submit the admission application and appropriate information following the early college instructions.
  • PECHS will use enrollment strategies that focus on early college demographics which meets or exceeds the district’s proportional demographic representation in the areas of at-risk, and economically disadvantaged students.  
  • Those students not accepted in the first round will be assigned to a waiting list and his/her name will be called upon as capacity becomes available.


PECHS Student Academic Exit Protocol:


Failing one or more core classes (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) at three week progress report

(Student given verbal/written notice via AVID and assigned mandatory LIFTs-Learning in Focused Tutorials)



Failing one/two classes at the end of a six week cycle

Failing college class at Midterm of 16 week college course

First term college GPA is less than 2.0

(Student assigned mandatory LIFTs)



Failing three or more core classes at the end of a six week cycle

Failed two or more core courses at semester end

At the end of any term in which the student is on Academic Warning and college GPA is still less than 2.0

On Academic Warning for two consecutive semesters

(Student placed on AVID Academic Probation Contract)



Failed three core courses at semester end

Failed two consecutive college courses in the 1st year of program

On Academic Probation and both the student’s overall college GPA and his/her GPA from the just completed term fall below 2.0

On Academic Probation for five consecutive six week cycles

(Student Exited from the PECHS program)


Other considering factors:

Student has not passed all sections of the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) by the end of the sophomore year.

Student has poor attendance (>9 absences) and is under the TRIAD Prevention Program

Student has poor behavior resulting in ISC, OSS, GC, Summit and JJAEP placement.

Parent absent from scheduled parent conference without prior notification.

*Students who have not earned credits for their core classes will not be allowed to enroll in a college course.

**Once a student reaches the level of Suspension, he/she will be exited from the PECHS program due to not making significant academic progress. The Dean of Students reserves the right at any time to modify the above mentioned consequences up to removal (exiting) a student from the program.