About Birdville Collegiate Academy
Birdville ISD and Tarrant County College–Northeast Campus are partnering to open the first early college high school within Birdville ISD in the fall of 2019.
Early College High School is a designation through the Texas Education Agency. This designation identifies innovative high schools located on or near a college campus that will allow students who would not otherwise consider attending college the opportunity to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate degree with up to 60 hours of college credit.
By implementing rigorous instruction, innovative instructional strategies, and the intensive cognitive support necessary for creating a college-going culture, the Birdville ISD Collegiate Academy (BCA) will help students build the skills and knowledge necessary for college success. BCA will provide academic, social, and emotional support services to ensure student success. AVID instructional strategies and mentorship will continue to be an instrumental component of the Birdville ISD Collegiate Academy.
BCA will serve approximately 60 high school freshmen and will be adding a similar number of students annually to the incoming freshman class. Students will be provided transportation to, and attend classes at, Haltom High School in years one (9th grade) and two (10th degree) of the Early College High School. In years three (11th grade) and four (12th grade), students will be provided with transportation to the TCC Northeast Campus for coursework. Students will have access to TCC facilities, resources and services such as libraries and labs, as well as the opportunity to participate in artistic and cultural activities. Students interested in participating in athletics and fine arts may do so at Haltom High School.
College tuition, fees, textbooks, and computers will be available at no cost to students in the Birdville ISD Collegiate Academy .
The Texas Education Agency requires designated early college high schools to focus recruitment efforts on students least likely to attend college, such as at-risk students (as defined by PEIMS), including, but not limited to, students of limited English proficiency, students with disabilities, and/or students who have failed a state-administered assessment. Therefore, the Birdville ISD Collegiate Academy shall identify, recruit, and enroll historically underrepresented students (e.g., first-generation college-goers, students of low socioeconomic status, African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans) in college courses.
All current eighth-grade students from Birdville ISD and outside districts (including those who do not meet the target recruitment populations) may apply to attend, and be accepted into the Birdville ISD Collegiate Academy. The online application is available at www.birdvilleschools.net/bca . A completed application is required for consideration for admission to BCA. All applicants will be screened to ensure they meet the specified criteria as indicated on the application. Students meeting the application criteria will be placed in a lottery for the 60 open positions. A Wait List will be established when the number of applications received exceeds 60 completed applications. Students will be notified of acceptance no later than the end of April 2019.
December 19, 2018 – March 1, 2019 Application Window
March 1, 2019 Final Application Deadline
March 2–29, 2019 Review of applications and student interviews
April 12, 2019 Students notified of selection, orientation, and Summer Bridge
To be considered for admission into BCA, students must:
- Be a current eighth-grade student
- Complete the entire application
- Demonstrate maturity and potential to succeed in a college setting
- Understand that curriculum will focus on advanced coursework such as pre-AP and college-level courses
- Complete the parent/student interview process
- Commit to attend a summer boot camp for one week
- Complete required interviews for all applicants and to be held in the spring
All applicants should be prepared to discuss the following questions in the interview:
- What makes you a great candidate for the Birdville ISD Collegiate Academy?
- How would earning an Associate Degree while in high school change your future?