The Harlingen (Texas) district has begun construction of a a high school that it is building in partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
The Valley Morning Star reports that university officials and school district administrators, along with leaders from the city of Harlingen, gathered to break ground on a new campus for the district's Early College High School.
The 64,000-square-foot facility is scheduled for the 2020-21 school year.
The city donated the 6.3 acres for the $14 million campus, which will replace an existing facility.
The high school offers students a direct path to a bachelor’s degree with a focus on academic core, engineering, computer science or education. Through this program, students can earn up to 60 hours of college credit by the time they graduate from high school.
Early College High School students will not have to pay tuition and fees to enroll and complete the 60 hours.