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What is the Dr. TJ Owens

Gilroy Early College Academy?

The Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy (GECA) is an educational partnership between Gilroy Unified School District and Gavilan College, and is one of the cutting-edge Early College High Schools that are being envisioned and funded all across the United States through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. If you apply for this innovative, highly supportive, and academically challenging program and are selected to attend, your four years of high school will be spent on the Gavilan College campus. You and your fellow students will experience a rigorous, college preparatory high school education, as well as take college classes (up to 11 units a semester) - for which you will receive both college and high school credit!

In four years, you will graduate from the Academy with not only a high school degree, but also with approximately sixty fully transferable college units! That means that you could enter the UC, CSU, or private four-year university of your choice with your first two years of college fully completed and paid for in full!

Applications are available on this website.  We look forward to in early April and the initial freshman class of a maximum of seventy students will be selected by the middle of May. Applicants are not required to be in a Gilroy Unified school or live in the Gilroy Unified District.