Early College FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Middle College High School?

Middle College is an innovative, contemporary high school located on a college campus. It provides students an opportunity to earn a high school diploma, start college early while earning credits towards a certificate or degree, and begin an internship or work experience as an integral part of the educational process. In the 2018-2019 school year, Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) will introduce a new Early College High School Program at the school for qualifying incoming 9th graders.

What is the Early College High School Program? 

The Early College High School Program allows students to fast track their college plans and build a career.  Within four years, students will earn a high school diploma and a college associate degree by the 12th grade and at no cost to families. Students will earn 60 college credits to support college readiness and career preparedness.

What are the benefits of the 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

Will students in the Early College Program attend classes with college students?

The Early College Program has a pre-determined sequence of courses. Students will begin taking classes with college students during the 11th grade. Below is the course layout by grade:

  • 9th grade – high school courses only
  • 10th grade – high school courses and two to four college courses with high school students only
  • 11th grade – high school courses and 50 percent of college courses with college students
  • 12th grade – full college course load with college students 

What is the focus of the Associate Degree?

Students will earn an Associate of Science in Information Technology as part of the Early College High School Program. Information Technology is an in-demand industry in the city of Nashville and throughout the country.

Where will this degree transfer in the state of Tennessee?

This degree is part of the Tennessee Transfer Pathways program which guarantees the degree earned will transfer to some public and private universities in Tennessee for completion toward a bachelor’s degree. For more information on the Tennessee Transfer Pathways program, visit - www.tntransferpathway.org.

In addition, the majority of credits will transfer to many colleges across the state and outside of Tennessee. Please contact the individual college for more details. 

Public Universities in Tennessee that will accept transferred credits towards a four-year bachelor's degree:

  • Austin Peay State University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Tennessee Tech University
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Tennessee-Martin

Private Institutions in Tennessee that will accept transferred credits towards a four-year bachelor's degree:

  • Lane College
  • Lee University
  • Lipscomb University
  • Milligan College
  • Tennessee Wesleyan College
  • Tusculum College

Who is eligible to participate in the Early College High School Program?

The Early College High School Program is for students in grades 9-12. Students must enter the program at the beginning of 9th grade and must meet the MNPS Academic Entrance Requirements as follows:

  • MNPS Policy outlined for 2018-19 Academic Entrance Requirements – http://bit.ly/AcademicEntranceRequirements
  • Minimum 85 Grade Point Average
  • Meet test score requirements as outlined in the MNPS Policy
  • Participate in student/parent interview

How much does it cost to participate in the Early College High School Program?

There is no cost to qualified students and families. MNPS will pay for tuition, course fees, and textbooks for all students enrolled in the Early College High School Program. 

How do I apply to the Early College High School Program?

To apply for the Early College High School Program, qualified students should apply here: https://schooloptions.mnps.org/. The school will contact you about scheduling an interview.  A total of 100 seats are open to qualified students, and applications will remain open until all seats are filled.  

Where is Middle College High School located?

Middle College High School is located on the main campus of Nashville State Community College located at 120 White Bridge Road, Nashville, TN 37209.

Is transportation provided by MNPS?

MNPS does not provide transportation. Students and parents are responsible for transportation to and from the college campus. 

What are the school hours?

School hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Who should I contact for questions or more information?