Collegiate High School (CHS) is a program for high school students who seek an academically challenging, mature educational environment. CHS offers rigorous academic instruction, career guidance, academic counseling and work-based learning opportunities. By optimizing dual credit opportunities, students may complete high school graduation and associate degree requirements simultaneously.

Through specially designed transitions classes and activities, CHS students are allowed to enroll as full-time college students at College of the Mainland. Depending upon public high school requirements, some students may enroll as early as their freshman year of high school. Private school students may also enroll in CHS.

Extracurricular Activities

With the support of their local high school, students may remain enrolled in high school but complete their school day on the college campus. Students can continue their participation in extracurricular and UIL activities while enjoying the rigors of college academics. As full-time COM students, Collegiate High School students may also participate in COM campus activities, workshops and events.

What to Expect

Students and parents should strongly consider that students entering this program will be considered college students and expected to perform accordingly. High school procedures will not be followed in the college classes and college instructors follow their own grading and attendance procedures. Instructors do not send progress reports and other parental notifications home. Students must be mature enough to motivate themselves to be successful in an adult environment.

A Student's Perspective

“Now I know what to expect and who to talk to in college. Collegiate High School helps you realize that a relationship with professors will really go a long way if you need help. They challenged you but were willing to give extra help if you ever needed it. I couldn’t have asked for a better transition. I think it was one of the best decisions I’ve made.”

- Kelsey Buchanan, 2013 Collegiate High School valedictorian. Kelsey earned an associate degree in May and high school diploma in June. She is now pursuing a bachelor's degree at Baylor University.