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The Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy (GECA) is an educational partnership between the Gilroy Unified School District and Gavilan College.

GECA 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 could graduate from GECA with not only a high school degree, but also an associate of arts or associate of science degree or 60 transferable college units from Gavilan College. That means that one could enter the University of California system, the California State University system, or a private four-year university of your choice with the first two years of college fully or nearly completed.

Applications are available on this website during the application window. Applicants are not required to live within the boundaries of GUSD.


Dr. TJ Owens Early College Students will reach their highest personal and academic potential by becoming responsible citizens within their community.


To their personal success

– Strong leaders who nurture future leaders by demonstrating integrity, desire, determination, and dedication

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To their academic success

– Critical thinkers who are life-long learners, committed to personal and academic growth


To community

– Citizens who are nurturing, responsible, and open-minded problem-solvers



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