What is EVSC Early College High School?

Early college high schools are small schools designed so that students can earn both a high school diploma and work toward an associate’s degree or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor’s degree.

Early college high schools have the potential to improve high school graduation rates and better prepare students for high-skill careers by engaging all students in a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum and compressing the number of years to a college degree.



How is an early college high school different from a traditional high school?

An early college high school is organized as a small learning community

Philosophy: Rigor, relevance, and relationships.

  • Rigor: Exposing students to challenging class work with academic and social support
  • Relevance: Demonstrating how students will use their learning
  • Relationships: Building caring and supportive connections with students, parents, and communities
  • Curriculum: academically rigorous, active inquiry, hands-on and project-oriented, and real world relevance. Career and Technical preparation is emphasized.


What are the Goals of Early College High School?
  • To increase high school and college graduation rates
  • To aid in transition to post-secondary education for at-risk students
  • To compress the time it takes to obtain a college degree
  • To create a workforce with 21st century skills.

What sort of students might not find ECHS a best fit?

Students who might find the traditional comprehensive high school a better fit include: those who are interested in participating in numerous extracurricular and co-curricular activities such as band and orchestra.