Nearly a Hundred PSJA ISD Seniors earn Associate Degrees a semester before their high school graduation

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PHARR – Making district history, 96 seniors in Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD’s Early College Program were candidates for South Texas College’s (STC) Fall Commencement Ceremonies held last month. 

According to South Texas College, this fall a total of 163 high school students in dual credit programs across the RGV were named candidates for associate degrees or certifications. Of the 163, 96 candidates were from PSJA ISD’s Early College Program with 92 receiving Associate Degrees and 4 receiving industry certifications in various fields including Biology, Criminal Justice, Engineering, Mathematics, and Interdisciplinary Studies, to name a few.     

As a tri-city public school district offering a pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade curriculum, PSJA caters to a 32,000-student body and is focused on graduating all students College Ready, College Connected and College Complete.    

Through partnerships with South Texas College and other higher education leaders, more than 3,500 PSJA ISD high school students are enrolled in college courses each semester through the district’s nationally-recognized Early College Program. At PSJA ISD all students can earn up to two years of college free of cost.    

“Congratulations to our students for this tremendous accomplishment,” said PSJA Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo. “At PSJA ISD, we take pride in offering these life-changing opportunities for our students to help them succeed in high school, college, and beyond.”

PSJA ISD will be opening registration for the 2020-2021 school year next month. For details or to find the school near you, visit

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