Two Middle College National Consortium Schools Win Major Education Awards

Harbor Preparation Teacher Academy and Hollis F. Price Early College High School, twoMiddle College National Consortium Early College dual enrollment schools, are proud to havereceived the prestigious 2010 National Title 1 School Awards from the U.S. Department ofEducation. Harbor Prep and Hollis Price not only outperformed other Title 1 schools but alsodid significantly better on standardized tests and college going rates than non Title 1 schools.

(Vocus/PRWEB) January 04, 2011

The Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) is proud to announce that two of its partner schools, Harbor Preparation Teacher Academy at Los Angeles Harbor College and Hollis F. Price Early College High School at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee have received the prestigious 2010 National Title 1 School Award from the US Department of Education. These coveted national awards are given to the highest performing Title 1 schools in each state. Title 1 schools are schools with significant percentages of students who are eligible for free lunch or whose families have incomes below the poverty line. Harbor Prep and Hollis Price not only outperformed other Title 1 schools but also did significantly better on standardized tests and college going rates than non Title 1 schools.

MCNC schools are more than small schools they are Early College schools. Therefore, they are located on, or near, college campuses where students take college courses and become eligible to earn either an Associate’s degree or are able to take considerable college credits with them when they enter college. Based on latest available data (2008-2009), upon graduating from high school, MCNC Early College 12th grade students accumulated an average of 14 college credits, a 92% cumulative course pass rate, and earned a 2.62 college GPA.

Both Principals are extremely proud of their students. Principal Mattie Adams of Harbor Preparation Teacher Academy said, “…Our students earned the highest ELA and mathematics test scores of all (except one gifted school) secondary Title 1 schools (in California).” Principal Daphne Beasley is especially proud of her graduation and scholarship rates. She stated that, “Seventeen of Hollis Price’s twenty six graduating students received scholarships to Lemoyne-Owen College.”

The Middle College National Consortium has been a pioneer in dual enrollment schools, where students take college classes while enrolled in high school. Dr. Cecilia Cunningham, the founder and Director of the Middle College National Consortium, states that, “Dual enrollment schools combine high expectations with the necessary supports to attain success. The rigor of college classes combined with tutoring, mentoring, and close monitoring of students has been a formula for success for students who have had a history of underperforming in their previous schools. All of us at the MCNC are so proud of the achievements of the students and faculty of Hollis Price and Harbor Prep.”

To learn more about the Middle College National Consortium, our mission, and our partner schools visit us at (http://www.mcnc.us/) for a comprehensive overview of the history, design principles, current work and achievements.

Contact information
Tony Hoffmann
Middle College National Consortium
http://mcnc.us
718-361-1981
thoffmann(at)mcnc(dot)us

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