Press Release
Posted February 8, 2021

Elyria City Schools and Lorain County Community College are now enrolling for the 2021-22 academic year for the Lorain County Early College High School (Early College) located on LCCC’s campus.

Early College allows Lorain County students to have an integrated high school and college experience all on the campus of Lorain County Community College. Students attending the program are able to earn their high school diploma and associate degree simultaneously at no cost. Students benefit from Early College’s individualized support and tutoring, a supportive learning community with small class sizes, connections with college faculty mentors, access to collegiate level technology, labs and facilities and many unique extra-curricular activities spanning from STEM to the arts. As an example, many students engage in applied research by participating in LCCC’s Young Scientists program working alongside LCCC’s renowned faculty.

“The Lorain County Early College High School is a gem in our community and has proven to be a life-changer for its participants,” said Marcia J. Ballinger, LCCC President. “With a priority on low-income and first-generation college students, Early College has made a dramatic impact in students’ lives since 2004, with more than 700 graduates since the program began with 95 percent earning an associate degree and high school diploma simultaneously. We are delighted to continue our partnership with Elyria City Schools in order to make this program possible for students and their families.”

Elyria City Schools was an original founding partner in Early College High School and continues to be the anchor of the program today.

“We’re proud to partner with LCCC to offer this opportunity to our students,” said Ann Schloss, Superintendent of Elyria City Schools. “Our partnership with LCCC extends beyond Early College to College Credit Plus offerings right on the campus of Elyria High School. In everything that we do, we are committed to the success of our students and we recognize the value in providing a robust package of programs and services that gives students every opportunity for success now and in the future.”

In addition to students from Elyria City Schools, students residing in other districts across Lorain County are able to join Early College by open enrolling through Elyria City Schools.

Current Lorain County eighth-grade students and their parents who are interested in learning more about Early College can attend an upcoming information session either in person or virtually. An in-person session will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 10 at the Elyria High School Performing Arts Center. Virtual sessions will be held on Feb. 16, Feb. 18 and Feb. 23. Learn more about the sessions by visiting EarlyCollege or by calling 440-366-7689. Enrollment is limited due to capacity. Those interested are encouraged to apply. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2021-22 academic year.

Early College High School was launched in 2004 with planning support by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Knowledge Works Foundation and local philanthropic sponsors. Elyria City Schools, Lorain City Schools and Lorain County Community College were the three founding members of the program. Recently, Lorain City Schools shared they would be phasing out their role as a founding member in Early College and will instead focus efforts on expanding college credit programs offered onsite at Lorain High School. In doing so, Lorain will continue to support current Lorain students actively enrolled in the program. Future Lorain students who want to enroll in Early College on the LCCC campus will still be able to participate by open enrolling through Elyria City Schools.

Early College High School Information Session Schedule

In person information session:

  • Elyria High School Performing Arts Center
    Wednesday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m.
    Due to social distancing protocols, admission is limited to the first 124 attendees.

Virtual information sessions:

  • Tuesday, February 16 at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 18 at 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 23 at 6 p.m.

For more information on Lorain County Early College High School, visit EarlyCollege or call (440) 366-7689.