About Collegiate Academy of Birdville
Birdville ISD and Tarrant County College–Northeast Campus have partnered to open the first early college high school within Birdville ISD. Our inaugural site opened in 2019 as a school-within-a-school on the second floor of Haltom High School and is home to our freshmen and sophomore students. Our facilities for our upperclassmen opened in 2021 on the campus of TCC NE where we serve our junior and senior level students. We have approximately 60 students per grade level which means we serve 120 on each campus.
Early College High School is a designation awarded by 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 Collegiate Academy of Birdville (CAB) helps students build the skills and knowledge necessary for college success. The CAB provides academic, social, and emotional support services to ensure student success.
Students 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 as proud Buffalos!
College tuition, fees, textbooks, and computers are available at no cost to students who are in the Collegiate Academy of Birdville.
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. Students are selected by a weighted lottery of all applicants; there are no prerequisites for participation in the lottery other than current status as a student entering ninth grade the following year. In our first five lotteries the students selected have been tightly aligned with the district's populations in each of these categories.
All current eighth-grade students from Birdville ISD and outside districts may apply to be accepted into the Collegiate Academy of Birdville. The online application is posted each year on the district website and the Collegiate Academy website. A completed application is required for consideration for admission to CAB. A wait list is established for all students who are not selected and any openings are filled from that list in the order in which the students' names were selected.