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 my degree options?

The Early College High School Program offers seven different pathways which means every student has the opportunity to find an area of study that resonates with them the most. 

  • Information Systems
    • Tennessee Transfer Pathway Associates of Science intended to transfer to a 4-Year Institution to complete a Baccalaureate degree in Business Information Systems. 
  • Business Administration
    • Tennessee Transfer Pathway Associates of Science intended to transfer to a 4-Year Institution to complete a Baccalaureate degree in Business. 
  • General Studies
    • Transfer Degree with an Area of Emphasis in General Studies Associates of Arts intended to transfer to a 4-Year Institution to complete a Baccalaureate degree in an area within the Liberal Arts. 
  • Mechanical Engineering
    • Tennessee Transfer Pathway Associates of Science intended to transfer to a 4-Year Institution to complete a Baccalaureate degree in Mechanical Engineering. 
  • Health Sciences
    • Transfer Degree with an Area of Emphasis in Health Sciences Associates of Science intended to transfer to a 4-Year Institution to complete a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing. This degree also completes the prerequisites necessary to apply to programs to become a Registered Nurse. 
  • Computer Science
    • Tennessee Transfer Pathway Associates of Science intended to transfer to a 4-Year Institution to complete a Baccalaureate degree in Computer Science. 
  • Music/Fine Arts
    • Tennessee Transfer Pathway Associates of Fine Arts intended to transfer to a 4-Year Institution to complete a Baccalaureate degree in Fine Arts (Music). 

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 

Where will this degree transfer in the state of Tennessee?

Five of the degree pathways are included in 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.

The five eligible degree pathways are:

  1. Information Systems A.S.
  2. Business Administration A.S.
  3. Mechanical Engineering A.S.
  4. Computer Science A.S.
  5. Music A.F.A.

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

For more information 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. 

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?