Five Benefits of the Early College High School Program

It’s not too late for current eighth and ninth grade students to apply for the Early College High School Program.

By taking advantage of this opportunity, students may graduate with a high school diploma and college associate degree and be ready to fast track their college plans and/or begin building a career.  The Early College High School Program is a relatively new program for Metro Schools.

Five Benefits of Early College High School

1.       Students can explore industries of interest to them.

Early College students take classes that relate to real-world jobs. Academic advisers provide insight on how the materials they cover can expand their career options and paychecks. Students in the program do not necessarily need to stick to their degree once they get to college, however, exploring a degree early saves time they may have spent while paying for college.

The Early College Program offers students the opportunity to graduate with a college associate degree in one of seven disciplines:

  • Information Systems

  • Business Administration

  • General Studies

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Health Sciences

  • Computer Science

  • Music/Fine Arts

2.       Get college experience while in high school!

Students take classes on a college campus so they are exposed to peers who are already on their way to attaining a college education. Early college experiences build confidence and better prepare students for a four-year university and the independence that comes with it.

3.       Students have access to hands-on personalized support.

Students receive personalized support through college and career coaches. There are also mentoring opportunities for students and plenty of tutoring programs.

4.       Early College opens the door to potential scholarship opportunities.

A degree earned through the Early College Program will transfer to seven public and six private institutions in Tennessee. The majority of earned credits will transfer to many colleges in and outside of the state of Tennessee. As a bonus, students who leave high school with two years of college credits can either graduate from college sooner or continue pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

5.       This program is FREE!

The Early College High School Program allows students to start college and/or build a career at NO cost to families. MNPS pays the tuition, course fees, and textbooks for all students enrolled in the program – saving students and families both time and money. 

Eighth and ninth grade students with qualifying test scores and a GPA of 85 or greater are eligible to apply. Click here to review the FAQ section and click here to review the new qualifications.