Who Can Apply to ECA?

You are eligible to apply if you reside in one of the following ECA districts. You can also apply through Schools of Choice if you do not reside in one of the ECA districts or you reside in a county adjacent to Washtenaw County. 

  • Ann Arbor Public Schools
  • Chelsea Public Schools
  • Dexter Community Schools
  • Lincoln Consolidated School
  • Manchester Community Schools
  • Milan Area Schools
  • Saline Area Schools
  • Van Buren Public Schools
  • Whitmore Lake Public Schools
  • Ypsilanti Community Schools

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available slots, a lottery is conducted in accordance with the procedures established by the WEOC Joint Steering Committee. In addition to the required grade level, all applicants will be required to complete a series of skill assessments, participate in a student/parent interview, and complete other ECA requirements.‚Äč

If you have additional questions, please email Crystal Jackson at jackson@earlycollegealliance.info 

2024-2025 Enrollment

The ECA & ECA  Academy is still accepting enrollment applications for the 2024-2025 school year! Families are encouraged to apply and students will be accepted into the program based on open enrollment slots per district. Enrollment applications can be submitted by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button below.  


For more enrollment information, please email Mrs. Jackson.


If the number of eligible enrollees for any of our districts during the Enrollment window exceeds the number of available openings, a lottery will be conducted to determine the Fall cohort for those districts. The lottery will be conducted in accordance with the enrollment policies and procedures as developed and approved by the Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium Joint Steering Committee (WEOC JSC). Letters will be sent to all applicants notifying them of their status.

All students/applicants selected in the initial lottery are "conditionally" accepted into the ECA program. Final/Full acceptance/approval is granted by Eastern Michigan University and the student’s ECA District’s Administration, upon receipt of all required registration documents.

Participation in the ECA School of Choice Pool can potentially maximize the probability of acceptance. 

The number of available slots for each ECA District is determined by the policies set forth by the Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium Joint Steering Committee. For purposes of the initial lottery, 30% of a district’s initial available slot allocations are reserved for applicants who receive or are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Eligibility verification will be required.

The number of slots listed below for each District is an approximation and is subject to change by the Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium Joint Steering Committee (WEOC JSC) without notice.

district slot chart

If a District does not use all of its available slots, the remaining slots can be re-apportioned to the other districts.

Eighth and Ninth-grade applicants on the waitlist for the following enrollment cycle will be given first preference for the Fall cohort.

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