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PAISD Admission

Admission to PAISD's Wilson Early College High School Program will be limited to students who reside in the PAISD and who meet the eligibility requirements for enrollment in an Early College Program and Dual Enrollment Program under Applicable Law. As was the case for the initial cohort admitted in 2016, the PAISD and LSCPA recruitment teams will focus on identifying highly-capable students that may or may not be experiencing academic success. Recruitment efforts will also focus on at-risk students, historically underserved student populations, and first generation college students. Additionally, PAISD shall comply with all recruitment and notification requirements of Chapter 28 of the Texas Education Code. Students will be required to complete applications for both PAISD's WECHS and LSCPA. The Wilson ECHS application will be due on February 3, 2023.  Students must meet established LSCPA admission requirements for each college class upon enrollment.

LSCPA Admission

Decisions regarding college admission, college readiness, the ability to perform college-level work, or otherwise function in a college environment shall rest within the sole discretion of LSCPA. Enrollment, or continued enrollment, in LSCPA by students enrolled in the PAISD Wilson ECHS Program shall not be considered an entitlement.


Admissions Application

2022 -2023 Application Timeline

(Cohort Recruitment and Selection Plan)

Port Arthur ISD has developed a variety of recruiting strategies and selection criteria to attract and enroll population of students in the Early College High School Program, which follows the guidelines established by the Texas Education Agency. Criterion included in the selection process are comprised of a combination of dimensions of students’ demographic, ethnic, and socio-economic characteristics. Woodrow Wilson Early College High School selects each cohort of 100 students through a blind lottery where all applicants are included. This process involves a variety of stakeholders such as parents and community members.

Key recruitment strategies include presentations made at both PAISD middle schools by Early College High School administrators, teachers, student leaders, guided 8th grade tours that include presentations made by guest speakers from both LSCPA and WWECHS campuses, distribution of brochures to middle school campuses and the Port Arthur Public Library, as well as, guidance provided to students and parents by both 8th grade middle school counselors.  Additionally, parent meetings are held and Spanish speaking media are made aware of the recruitment events to ensure the dissemination of information to the Hispanic community. Given the goals and priorities of the program, the PAISD leadership strongly advocates for strict adherence to guidelines provided within the ECHS Blue Print.




Activity Description




November 1

Meet with 8th grade MS Counselors

Discuss Goals, Recruitment Agenda & Schedule


10:00 a.m.


November 4

Fall Program Promotion @ ALMS

Provide Overview and Benefits of Program

ALMS Campus

8:45 a.m.


November 11

Fall Program Promotion @ TJMS

Provide Overview and Benefits of Program

TJMS Campus

9:00 a.m.


November 16

Parent Committee Meeting

Discuss Recruitment and Selection Process Suggestions for Improvement


5:00 pm.




January 5

Meeting Notice

Mail-out Parent Interest Meeting Notice & Publish on District & School FB Social Media Pages


By 4:00 p.m.


January 18

8th grade Parent Meeting

Informational Presentation of

Program Expectations & Benefits


5:30 p.m. (English)


6:30 p.m. (Spanish)


January 20

Spring Follow-up Program Promotion @ TJMS

Spring Semester Recap of Program Expectations, Benefits & Application Deadline for Interested Students

TJMS Campus

9:00 a.m.


January 27

Spring Follow-up Program Promotion

Spring Semester Recap of Program Expectations, Benefits & Application Deadline for Interested Students

    ALMS Campus

8:45 p.m.


February 3

Application deadline

All Applications are collected by 8th grade lead counselors.

ALMS & TJMS Campuses

By 4:00 p.m.


February 15

Lottery Drawing

A Blind Lottery Drawing will be conducted.

Wilson ECHS

5:00 p.m.


February 21

Mailing Letters

Acceptance Letters will be mailed to Program Recipients and students on waiting list.


By 4:00 p.m.


April 1



2-3 Written Interview Question Responses, Review Program Expectations/Contract & Complete Apply Texas Process

Wilson ECHS

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


May 15


Mandatory Parent Orientation with LSCPA.


6:00 p.m.


June 5-29

Summer Bridge

First Day of Mandatory Summer Bridge Program

Wilson ECHS

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.