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ERIC Number: ED520007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
Making the Grade: Texas Early College High Schools Prepare Students for College
Nodine, Thad
Jobs for the Future
Early college schools are part of a national initiative to align high school and college through a rigorous, college-prep curriculum coupled with high expectations and comprehensive student supports. The schools provide all students with direct experience, preparation, and support in taking college classes through a proficiency-based curriculum that moves students into college-level work as they are ready. Students in early college schools take accelerated and advanced classes that lead to and include college courses by their junior or senior years of high school--and some students qualify for college courses as early as their first year. National outcomes for early college schools mirror the positive outcomes in Texas. Interviews with graduates from early college schools at Mission and El Paso Community College--schools at opposite ends of the state--reveal more about what their schools did to prepare them for college, including by providing: intensive summer preparation programs; a "college-first" culture and approach; a rigorous curriculum; and extensive student supports. This brief studies the successes and lessons of two Texas early colleges: Mission Early College High School in El Paso and Collegiate High School in Corpus Christi. (Contains 1 table, 4 figures and 8 endnotes.) [For "Making the Grade: Texas Early College High Schools Prepare Students for College. Executive Summary," see ED520006.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future
Identifiers - Location: Texas