ERIC Number: EJ780561
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
High School with a College Twist
Grier, Terry B.; Peterson, Kent D.
Principal Leadership, v8 n4 p32-36 Dec 2007
In 2000, 6% of students in the Guilford County Schools (Greensboro, North Carolina) dropped out, and the school board demanded action. After considering a variety of options, the district turned to a small-school concept called the "middle college high school" to help reconnect those students and keep them in school. A middle college high school is an alternative school that is housed on a college campus. Students enroll in college classes and take their high school courses in the alternative setting. Eventually, the district created six middle college high schools, each with a different schedule, culture, curriculum, and college context. This article describes the key factors in the success of middle college high schools and draws on the Guilford County Schools' experiences to provide guidelines on creating them.
Descriptors: High Schools, Nontraditional Education, Continuation Students, County School Districts, Transitional Programs, School Effectiveness, Effective Schools Research, Program Descriptions, Performance Factors
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina