Early college high schools use a transformational strategy of bringing college into high school by simultaneously offering a high school diploma and a college-level credential and/or degree.
Early college high schools are tuition free, and expose all students to rigorous academics and career technical education coursework. They focus on low-income youth, first-generation college-goers, English Language Learners, ethnically diverse students, and other young people underrepresented in higher education.
Early college high schools establish formalized partnerships with colleges and community partners that foster shared responsibility for student success.
Programming includes meaningful work-based learning experiences that align to dynamic sectors of New Mexico’s economy and a structured CTE sequence that leads to credentials recognized by business and industry.
Do any of your high schools offer college bearing course programs for learners? If so, can a learner earn either an industry credential and/or received college credit?
Does your district have an enrollment process for ECHS entry?
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Standard Questions and Answers about ECHS?
Question: What are Early College High Schools?
Answer: Early College High Schools are small high schools where students earn both a high school diploma and two years of college credit (60 hours or a pre determined set of hours) towards a bachelor’s degree and/or industry credential.
Answer: Early college high schools have the potential to improve high school graduation rates and better prepare students for family-supporting careers by:
Answer: Ninth to eleventh grade students who have a sincere interest in academics, the goal of attending college, and a willingness to work hard. The Early College High School should center on students for whom a smooth transition into post-secondary education is challenging. The Early College High School is designed to substantially increase the number of low-income students and first-generation college-bound students who will pursue advanced studies.
Answer: Typically, No. Students and parents need only demonstrate a commitment to fully participate in an academically rigorous program.
Guidance for school districts for the development of Early College High Schools
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