FAQs

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.