About Early College High School – 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.
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
Students must be proficient on the 7th grade reading and math Ohio Achievement Test (OAT).
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.
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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