The Spring Early College Academy opened in August 2011 through a partnership between Spring ISD and Lone Star College – North Harris. The academy offers students – grades 9-12 - a rigorous and supportive academic program of study that blends high school and college work with the goal being that students will graduate with a Distinguished High School Diploma and an associate degree or 60 college credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree. It is an opportunity for students, who may not otherwise consider attending college, to earn 12 to 60 college hours free of charge.
The Spring Early College Academy was first located in portable buildings located on Southridge Rd. between Westfield High School and Bammel Middle School. Originally named Early College Academy at Southridge, the school's name changed when it moved to a renovated, three-story facility – formerly One Park Centre, 14450 T. C. Jester Blvd. in August 2016.