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ERIC Number: ED536863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Ensuring College Success: Scaffolding Experiences for Students and Faculty in an Early College School
Newton, Anne; Vogt, Kristen
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (NJ1)
Early college is a bold approach that blends high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive program to help young people simultaneously earn a diploma and tuition-free credit toward a postsecondary degree. Designed for students underrepresented in higher education, these innovative small public schools focus on the preparation of low-income youth, first-generation college goers, English language learners, and students of color. Since 2002, the partner organizations of the Early College High School Initiative have created almost 160 early college schools nationwide. This includes the partnership between the Science, Research and Technology Early College School and Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York, which has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation since 2003. Working with Brooklyn College, a four-year liberal arts campus of The City University of New York, and other partners, STAR has amassed an impressive record in its first five years. The school currently has 489 students in grades 6-7 and 9-12 and will complete a transition to a grades 6-12 school in 2008. More than 80 percent are black, 62 percent are low-income, and more than one fourth arrive with reading and math skills below grade level on New York State assessments. Many would have struggled to finish high school in other settings and never considered themselves college bound. But STAR students consistently outperform district averages and schools with similar populations on the challenging New York State Regents exams. Some 70 percent of its current seniors have earned college credit. Virtually all of its 2007 graduates went to college, many with scholarships. As one of the first early college schools to be established in New York City, STAR offers lessons to new and emerging schools around the country. It also will continue to benefit from innovations proving effective at other early college schools nationwide. Appended are: (1) STAR Early College School @ Brooklyn College Academic Plan; (2) Typical Schedules for STAR Early College Students in Grades 9-10; (3) Woodrow Wilson Early College Network Partnership Design Principles; and (4) College Ready Skills, Attitudes, and Knowledge. (Contains 3 tables and 7 endnotes.)
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. P.O. Box 5281, Princeton, NJ 08543. Tel: 609-452-7007; Fax: 609-452-0066; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future; Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Identifiers - Location: New York
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A