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 associate degree, transferrable hours toward a four-year degree, and/or an industry credential. Early college high schools are tuition free, and expose all students to rigorous academics and career technical education coursework. They prioritize students underrepresented in higher education including low-income youth, first-generation college-goers, English Language Learners, and ethnically diverse students. 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.
Early College High Schools typically:
Early college high schools have the potential to improve high school graduation rates and better prepare students for family-supporting careers by:
By definition, Early College High Schools serve students who:
No. Students and parents need only demonstrate a commitment to fully participate in an academically rigorous program.
Early College High Schools: