ZECLA Graduate

SAN ANTONIO,TX- Shirleen Zacharias Early College Leadership Academy (ZECLA) is partnering with Texas A&M University-San Antonio (TAMUSA) to enhance the existing early college high school program.

Starting this fall, incoming freshmen and sophomores at Somerset ISD’s ZECLA campus will earn up to 60 college credit hours at no cost. Each ZECLA graduate will have automatic eligibility for TAMUSA’s Achiever Promise Program which includes tuition free assistance for an additional four years.   

“Our new partnership opens the door for students who thought the dream of attaining a college education was impossible,” said Dr. Melissa Holguin, ZECLA Principal. “This is an incredible opportunity for our students and a game changer for our families in Somerset and the surrounding areas.”

The Somerset ISD school board approved the new program on Jan. 24, 2022. Incoming freshmen and current ZECLA sophomores will attend college classes taught by college professors on the TAMUSA campus with the support and guidance of ZECLA staff. Our A-rated early college leadership academy provides students with personal attention and a guided college experience.

“We want to provide our students with as many opportunities as possible,” said Dr. Saul Hinojosa, Superintendent of Schools. “We hope this encourages all students to select post-secondary higher education.”

8th grade students from the Somerset, Poteet, Lytle and south San Antonio regions are encouraged to apply today! Applications can be found online.