Early College High School Program to better prepare students for college and/or career
Metro Nashville Public Schools, in partnership with Nashville State Community College (NSCC), will introduce a new Early College High School Program for the 2018-19 school year at Middle College High School on NSCC’s Main Campus. The program will offer a rigorous curriculum emphasizing Information Technology (IT) and will provide higher education and industry partnership experiences for students.
There is still time to complete the Optional Schools application and families who would like for their child to be considered may update their existing applications or still apply between now and Feb. 2. To apply, visit https://schooloptions.mnps.org/. There are currently 100 seats open to qualified students which will be open until filled before the start of the 2018-19 school year. The Early College High School program will give current 8th graders entering high school next year an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and college associate degree in just four years and at no cost to families.
Early College High Schools are relatively new to education and boast a 90 percent graduation rate, according to Jobs for the Future. That's much higher than the nationwide high school graduation rate of about 80 percent, according to a 2016 article in U.S. News and World Report. This will be a first introduction of the concept in Metro Nashville Public Schools to offer families more options for their children’s education. This dual enrollment experience not only leads to a college associate degree but supports students’ readiness for future college opportunities and prepares them for the start of a career in the IT field.
While the program is not a traditional high school experience typically inclusive of sports and extracurricular clubs and activities, it does provide students with a strong academic foundation to get a head start on their future. Students will receive support to help them balance college courses.
The program has academic entrance requirements of a grade point average of 85 or greater, requires acceptable test scores and the completion of an interview. For more information on the Early College High School Program, call (615) 259-INFO (4636) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.