Metro Schools recognizes Early College Week April 23-27
For the first time, Metro Nashville Public Schools is participating in Early College High School Week, April 23-27, as it opens the district’s first Early College High School Program in partnership with Nashville State Community College (NSCC) for the 2018-19 school year.
Next year, students entering the ninth grade can fast track their college plans or begin building a career by earning a high school diploma and college associate degree in information technology by the 12th grade – and at no cost to families!
Early College High School Week is an annual celebration of the outstanding achievements and progress made by Early College programs. Thanks to the 280 Early College programs around the U.S, more than 80,000 students each year graduate high school at higher rates than their peers, and over 30 percent do so with associate’s degrees.
According to Jobs for the Future, 71 percent of Early College students are more likely to enroll in college immediately after high school.
Statistics from Jobs for the Future (JFF) also point to Early College success in exceeding national graduation rates and earning college credits:
> 90% of students graduate from high school (compared to 78% of students nationally)
> 94% of graduates earn at least some college credits
> The average Early College Graduate earns 38 higher education credits in high school for free. That’s 60% of an associate degree.
Who can apply for the Early College Program?
Eighth grade students with qualifying test scores and a GPA of 85 or greater are eligible to apply. Seats are still available! Apply here.
What are the benefits of the MNPS Early College High School Program?
- Earn a high school diploma and a college associate degree in four (4) years
- No cost to students and families
- Support through college and/or career coaches
- Provides smoother transition to college and/or the workforce
- Mentoring opportunities for students
- Tutoring support
Last month, Metro Schools and NSCC announced the new partnership, which will merge into the current Middle College High School which offers dual enrollment opportunities. Several MCHS students were present at the event to share their experiences and plans for the future.
“I have just loved this experience so much— it has given me such a different outlook on college,” Jaya South, a Middle College senior said. “I am really glad they are expanding and innovating this program that way 100 freshman get to do the program as well.”
Meet the students of Middle College and find out why they encourage dual enrollment programs to their peers by visiting https://www.mnps.org/earlycollege/.