Welcome to Early College High School


Dress Code        

Policy to Prohibit Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying    

2016-17 Enrollment

If any eight grade student in Lorain County is still interested in attending ECHS for the 2016-17 school year, please call 440-366-7689 to arrange an appointment with Mrs. Quinn, Principal at ECHS. Appointments need to be scheduled before April 8.


Moved or New Telephone Numbers
If you have recently moved or changed your telephone
number, please immediately call us at 440-366-7689 to update your family’s information. By law and for your child’s safety, the office MUST have working telephone numbers and a current mailing address on record at all times.

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Consistent attendance is important for students to be successful in school. We understand there are occasions when a child must miss school. However, if your child is
absent from, or will be tardy to school, we ask Parents/Guardians to do the following:

  1. Call the ECHS Attendance Line at 440-366-4723 or 440-366-7689 report the absence
    or reason for being tardy;
  2. Send your child to school with documentation for the
    absence or tardiness. Medical note, parent note, or a copy of an obituary is acceptable.

Please refer to the “Attendance” section of the 2015-16 ECHS Student Handbook for
more information.

Student Recruitment

Students have the potential and opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and an associate of arts degree at the end of their senior year.

Enrollment for 2015-16 is complete.  Thank you for your interest.

Busing Information

2015-16 Bus Information       

ECHS students are not required to have the Lorain City Schools Bus Pass; ECHS students only use the LCCC/ECHS ID.  ECHS has a grace period with First Student for 2015-16 Aug 19–31 to allow students to obtain LCCC/ECHS ID.  We urge grades 10, 11 and 12 to update ID during summer vacation.

After Aug 31, all ECHS students must present ID to bus drivers to board buses each day.  First Student drivers have the jurisdiction to deny transportation services if a student does not produce appropriate ID.  Transportation to/from school is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.  Please see Busing and Transportation in the ECHS Student Handbook.

More Information

Academic Calendar 2015-16 (As of 6/1/15 - This calendar is subject to change)    

Message from the Principal    

Job Shadowing Opportunities for Juniors/Seniors Interested in Health Careers

Peterson’s StudentEdge
StudentEdge has college planning interviews available. The Countdown to College radio show provides great advice for students and families navigating the college admissions process, and StudentEdge provides links to the show podcasts.
Learn more

Resources for High School Students  

Know How 2 Go
Important Information for Division I and Division II Athletes
Helpful Websites 

Early College High School Contact Information

Main Office Address:

1005 Abbe Road North, PS 106
Elyria, OH 44035

Main Office Hours:

7:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Main Office Phone:


Fax Number:


M. Dianne Quinn, Principal
Phone: 440-366-4720
email: mquinn@lorainccc.edu

Harrilyn Arnold
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 440-366-4723
email: hedmonds@lorainccc.edu

Deana Kapalin
Office Assistant
Phone: 440-366-7689
email: dkapalin@lorainccc.edu

Terri Roule, Computer Resource Specialist
Phone: 440-366-4724
Email: troule@lorainccc.edu


The Early College High School is an innovative learning environment designed to inspire and motivate students who have the potential to be the first in their families to graduate from college.

A Unique Opportunity!

The Early College High School is an exciting opportunity for students beginning ninth grade to participate in a combined high school and college experience with the goal of earning a high school diploma and college associate degree at the same time.

All courses are taught on the LCCC campus tuition free. Bus transportation is included. Curriculum is challenging, support services plentiful and family involvement encouraged as a necessity. By taking advantage of the college's resources, laboratories, and performing arts center, faculties from both education environments, and by using technology and non-traditional instructional strategies students will be more engaged in the learning process.

Why the Early College High School?
Recognizing the need for Lorain County to foster a more educated workforce to meet the demands of our changing economy inspired the creation of this innovative partnership with Lorain County Community College. Our communities will increase the number of first generation college graduates, equipping them with the education and experience they need to succeed in life and family-supporting careers. With the support and involvement of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Knowledge Works Foundation, and individuals from our communities, the Early College model was adopted.

Who's eligible?
Today we have more than 280 students in the Early College High School. Criteria that will be considered are school attendance, school discipline history, grades and motivation. The population of the high school will mirror the demographics of the school districts served. The four most important factors considered:

  • Students must be first-generation college-going students (Parents do not have a college degree)
  • Students must be entering the ninth grade
  • For Students transitioning from eighth grade to high school.

The Mission of Early College High School
The Early College High School will genuinely engage first-generation college-bound students to complete a rigorous curriculum, supported by technology, that is clearly aligned to student interest and state standards. Flexible coursework will be provided in a challenging and supportive environment with an applied learning focus that provides students a structure that enables them to earn their high school diploma and to overlap those efforts with those needed to earn an associate degree, leading to a bachelor degree and employment.

Accept the Challenge!
Students who accept the Early College High School challenge can enjoy these rewards:

  • The opportunity to earn a two-year associate degree while working toward a high school diploma.
  • Momentum toward achieving your four-year degree.
  • Cost savings by eliminating two years of a college education.
  • A relaxed and controlled introduction to college life.
  • The advantages of a small, supportive learning environment.
  • State-of-the-art college environment; laboratories, interactive distance learning classrooms, computer labs, library/learning resource center, performing arts center, recreational facilities and outstanding faculty.

For more information
If you want to learn more about this unique opportunity for students transitioning from eighth grade to high school, please call Lorain County Community College at (440) 366-7689 or contact your guidance counselor at your school.


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—Mark Twain


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