HCISD: Schools of Choice Are Now Accepting Students Across the RGV


Keeping inline with its mission to provide all students with access to world-class schools, the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees approved to open its application/enrollment process for its Schools of Choice (Early College High School, Harlingen School of Health Professions and KEYS Academy) to students across the Rio Grande Valley.

Approved during the Trustees regular meeting in March, students will now be able to apply for these innovative campuses, regardless of designated school district. For non-resident students, they may attend these campuses after participating in the campus’ application process, if applicable, and meeting the exceptional standards required in academics, attendance, and behavior.

“Our Schools of Choice offer students a unique learning experience and the opportunity to further their chances for global success after receiving their high school diploma,” said Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos. “That opportunity is now available for students across the Rio Grande Valley as they now have the chance to apply for acceptance to our Harlingen School of Health Professions, Early College High School or KEYS Academy. With the offerings provided by each campus, there is no doubt that each student will find something to meet their needs and goals. We encourage students who are interested in attending to contact their prospective campus and learn more about how they can engaged in a transformational learning experience.”

HCISD’s Schools of Choice offer students the unique opportunity to obtain their high school diploma while participating in additional educational offerings. These offerings include an accelerated start toward receiving college hours at Texas State Technical College (TSTC) through attending ECHS, a medically focused curriculum and opportunities to work with medical professionals at HSHP or access to expedited credit accumulation programs at KEYS Academy.

Currently, ECHS serves students from 9th – 12th grade, HSHP serves 8th – 10th grade with plans to add an additional grade level until 12th is reached, and KEYS enrolls students from 9th – 12th grade.

The policy is an addition to the FDA (Local) exemptions adopted by the Board of Trustees, which allows any employee of a business within HCISD’s boundaries or any property owner with in the boundaries may send their child to HCISD schools. The policy also allows any student who has attended any school, public or private, within the district’s boundaries, to attend HCISD schools.

“Our mission is to offer all students the best education possible, and now we can say that all students, regardless of location, will have the chance to experience the world-class Schools of Choice at HCISD,” said Board President Greg Powers. “Our Schools of Choice offer students a head start to a college education, medical career or high school diploma and we encourage all those interested to apply. This is a great moment for our district and we look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on students across the Rio Grande Valley.”

For more information on how to apply for HCISD’s Schools of Choice or enroll please call the prospective campus or visit www.hcisd.org.  For more information on HCISD’s FDA Local policy please visit www.hcisd.org/enroll.