Early College Start
FAQs for High School Counselors

Counselors, most of the information you need is available in the ECS Smarties manual. We have listed a few extra questions below and you can find more information throughout the website. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact our office at 512.223.7355 or ECS@austincc.edu.

What classes are offered for Dual-credit?

Each school district determines what they will accept for dual-credit. Please check with your school district for more information.

I need to obtain grades for students enrolled in ECS classes, who do I need to contact?

At the end of each semester, we will send an unofficial grade report to the designated person at each high school. We will only include grades for students who have provided us consent to do so by checking the consent box at the bottom of the ECS Co-Enrollment and Tuition Voucher.

Each school can determine if they will use this unofficial report to update a student’s high school transcript. A student may also request a transcript from ACC directly and provide it to the high school.

We had an Early College Start class scheduled on our campus and it was cancelled, what can we do?

There are several reasons for cancellation, the most common being low enrollment (below 18). If this is the case at your campus it is important to work with your ECS specialist as soon as possible to obtain a list of students that were enrolled. You may then contact each student to identify an alternate course. Remember, your ECS specialist is happy to answer any further questions.

How do I schedule events on our campus?

Scheduling of events is done on a first-come-first-served basis. It is best to plan your events on a yearly schedule as soon as possible. Your ECS specialist can help you determine dates and strategies that can be the most successful.

Does a student need to apply and go through the full process every year?

No, once a student is in our system, they will only need to complete a new ECS form for each semester and be advised.