Thursday night, students from C.E King Middle School and Null Middle School walked the stage at he annual pinning ceremony initiating them into Sheldon ISD Early College High School (ECHS). By 2026 these students will have the opportunity to graduate with both their high school diploma and an associate degree from San Jacinto College, free of cost.
The ECHS new inductees walked across the Performing Arts Center (PAC) stage located at KHS and were greeted by Sheldon ISD superintendent Dr. King Davis. The students received two pins from administrators from San Jacinto College and ECHS to signify their dual enrollment, as well as a scholarship certificate that symbolizes the opportunity to earn an associate degree. Lastly, the students were given a red rose which symbolizes courage. The students were asked to give the rose to a parent or guardian as a gesture of appreciation for support.
Null Middle School student Lauren Roman had a large gathering of family and friends at the event to show their support.
“I’m extremely proud of my child. She is my second child to go to ECHS,” said Janie Espinoza.
Null Middle School student Ty Brown is ready for the next step and was accompanied by his parents Carl and Tawana. “I really do like this program because it takes two years off of my college and also I don’t have to pay for anything. That’s a free education that I am able to get from Early College,” says Ty.
“I’m really proud of this moment. He’s on an upward trajectory right now entering Early College," said Ty’s father Carl.
“He’s like an old soul. You have kids and you feel like you are supposed to teach them, but I have learned from him. So, I am happy to see the other successes that he’s going to have in life,” said Ty’s mother, Tawana.
Sheldon ISD is proud to offer a TEA-designated Early College High School. Sheldon ECHS serves students in grades 9 – 12 and is a school within a school located on the C. E. King High School campus. In partnership with San Jacinto College, ECHS offers students nine degree plans to choose from. Students at ECHS have the opportunity to earn an endorsement, a distinguished level of achievement diploma, a performance acknowledgement, and up to 60 college credit hours within four years of high school. At Sheldon ECHS students and staff are a family where all students are supported on their path to success.