KnowledgeWorks early college high schools are a proven college access and success model that gives all students the opportunity to get the education they need. In the KnowledgeWorks early college high school model, students have a four-year academic roadmap that accelerates them through a rigorous high school course of study helping students graduate with up to 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree. These schools offer personalized plans for each student, reaching underserved student populations.
There are multiple pathways to college credit for students while in high school – Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and honors courses – but the team behind KnowledgeWorks early college high schools have more than 10 years of experience that has proven early college brings with it the most advantages. Thirty percent of students at KnowledgeWorks Early Colleges graduate with an associate degree and 95% of students continue on in higher education after high school.
Strong private-public partnerships are the bedrock of KnowledgeWorks early college high schools. A network between the school and area business creates a focus on workforce readiness and career pathways that benefit the local economy. The relationship between the high school and the higher education partner ensures that students are earning real college credits that will prepare them for future college opportunities.
For students and family, early college means the dream of college can become a reality.
- Students typically earn college credit at no cost to them or their family
- This model created a seamless transition between high school and college
- Staff at early colleges guide and support students throughout their blended high school and college experiences
The KnowledgeWorks Early College High School Model: A Fast Track to Success
We believe that every child can succeed in college and in the workplace with the right tools, preparation and support. We offer bold, innovative school designs that have been field-tested at high schools in more than 50 districts across eight states. Integral to the success of KnowledgeWorks early college high schools are:
- A culture of high expectations
- A strong peer-to-peer network
- Efficient and aligned school systems
- Comprehensive system of student supports