In spite of the fiscal crisis enveloping Buffalo, NY, Middle Early College High School @ Buffalo, a school primarily serving students at the low end of the economic scale, has been saved from the chopping block. Statistics such as a 93% daily attendance rate, 80% college pass rate and 2.4 average college GPA turned the tide in favor of keeping the school open.
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 20, 2012
Sue Doyle, founder and long time principal of Middle Early College High School at Buffalo, announced today that her school has been saved from the chopping block. MECHS was scheduled to be closed at the end of the school year due to the fiscal crisis facing the city of Buffalo, New York. “Even though Middle Early College High School may cost a little more per pupil than traditional high schools, it is far more cost effective when outcomes are factored in” said Sue Doyle. Doyle states that minority students make up 80% of enrollment, 70% are socio-economically disadvantaged and 13% are in Special Education.
Ms. Doyle also notes that in spite of demographics that are usually associated with failure in school, MECHS students have a 93% daily attendance rate, 80% college pass rate and 2.4 average college GPA. She relates that “MECHS has the highest percentage of students who scored below grade level when admitted into her program, yet has the highest percentage of African American males obtaining an Associate Degree within 5 years of entering high school”. The power of the MECHS program can be encapsulated by a recent reflection of one of its students. He said, “I’m not going back to the streets. MECHS has taught me I can be something.”
MECHS is a member of the Middle College National Consortium, an organization made up of forty member high schools from across the nation. Its bedrock belief is dual enrollment, a system that provides the opportunity for student to take college classes while still in high school. Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, founder and Director of the MCNC, lauded the decision of the Buffalo Board of Education for sparing Middle Early College High School. “It is rare that you find a school that serves its students as well as MECHS. It would have been a tremendous loss for students, parents and city of Buffalo if MECHS had been forced to close” stated Dr. Cunningham. Dr. Cunningham went on to say that “Students are literally going to college instead of hanging out in the streets. You can’t ask much more than that from a public high school”.
Middle College National Consortium is a pioneer in developing small schools on college campuses where high school students, especially those who have been previously underserved by their former schools, can earn both a high school diploma and either an Associate’s degree or transferable college credits upon graduation. MCNC, headquartered in New York City, is a leader in the movement to establish and sustain dual enrollment, in high school, as a viable and necessary college readiness educational model.
To get a comprehensive overview of the history, design principles, current work and achievements of the Middle College National Consortium, please visit us at http://www.mcnc.us.
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