At our annual coaching camp, a chance for all of our technical assistance coaches to gather, regroup and renew best practices for early college high school, we tried to answer the question: What are three characteristics / virtues of early college high schools?
The short answer is that you can’t put thirty of the greatest champions of early college high school in the country in a room together and expect them to have only three answers! So instead of three, here are our top ten, in no particular order.
Early college creates access for students as well as the wrap-around supports for those students
Early college high schools are designed to help first-generation college-goers succeed
Early college high schools create a community of learners who take the journey together
An early college high school raises the bar for students, which sets the expectation for success throughout the rest of a student’s life
Early college high school is where preparation meets opportunity so that students can really succeed
Students get choices in their lives as a result of early college high school
Early college high school creates a culture of “I Can” with the help of adults who are committed to the success of the whole person
Attending early college high school develops resilience
Early college high schools create a culture where it’s safe to fail forward
There is no cost to students and their families to attend early college high school – for courses, textbooks or materials