Early college high schools are small personalized schools designed for qualified students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree or up to two years of credit toward a Bachelor’s Degree. The concept began in 2002 and is founded on the principles, research, and support of several partner organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Early college high schools utilize innovative methods and provide the academic and social support systems to promote student success in intensive, college preparatory studies. Sheldon Early College High School has partnered with San Jacinto College North to combine high school and college level classes beginning in the ninth grade.
The mission of the Sheldon Independent School District’s Advanced Academics Program is to provide equitable opportunities for learners to reach their highest intellectual potential by integrating differentiated, challenging instructional environments that foster college and career success.
The Advanced Academics Department implements the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and collaborates with regional, state, and national organizations to meet the needs of academically advanced students and to provide professional development for teachers. Accelerated learning, academic rigor, critical thinking, and social and emotional development are key components of the Advanced Academics Program.