Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Bringing College Courses Into High Schools

An Early Taste of High School
One of the things we try to do is ease the transition for students going from high school to post-secondary school. Ideally, they'll make better decisions about their education if they have some clue about what they're interested in and how those interests might connect to their future careers in some way.

Early college high schools take the transition to the next level, allowing students to take college and high school courses simultaneously after Grade 9. The practice seems to be gaining steam along with several other similar initiatives administered by Jobs for the Future:
"Some advocates highlight the savings from two years of college tuition—a significant factor for families with low and moderate incomes—as a draw for participation. But the restructured approach to high school learning is the biggest selling point to students, early college high school officials say. New features include small school size, personalization, and a reconfigured school day.

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