The Case for Early College High Schools

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Topics: Early College High School, Systems Change

With the right supports, early college high schools students are succeeding in college and beyond, at unprecedented rates.There are now more than 250 early college schools in 28 states and the District of Columbia. Years of data show that Early College High School students have graduated from high school at a rate of more than 90 percent, consistently outperformed their peers who did not attend an early college high school, and earned associate and bachelor’s degrees at historic rates. The concept of a high school student — possibly an English Language Learner and certainly economically disadvantaged — entering the ninth grade and being able to take college courses successfully may seem unbelievable. Yet, with the right supports, these young students are succeeding in college and beyond, at unprecedented rates.

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