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- What is the difference between a Middle College and an Early College?
- What is a Dual Enrollment Program?
- How successful is the MC-EC Model?
- I want to start a Middle / Early College High School, does MCNC offer help in this area?
- Do I have to be an Early / Middle College to work with MCNC?
- What does Membership cost?
- Do I have to be a member to participate in the Conferences?
- There are several types of professional development programs available, how do I know which is the best option for my school?
Middle College High Schools are secondary schools, authorized to grant diplomas in their own name, located on college campuses across the nation. The Middle Colleges are small, with usually 100 or fewer students per grade level and they provide a rigorous academic curriculum within a supportive and nurturing environment to a student population that has been historically under-served and underrepresented in colleges. While at the Middle College, students have the opportunity to take some college classes at no cost to themselves.
Early College High Schools are schools with all the characteristics of Middle Colleges – location on a college campus, strong academic program, supportive environment – and are designed to serve the same target population. Early Colleges also have a defined and structured program that enables the high school students to earn both their high school diplomas and their Associates Degree in 4 to 5 years with no cost to the student. Additional information on being a Middle / Early College High School.
In Dual Enrollment Programs high school students are able to take college courses, usually at nearby post-secondary institutions. Successful completion of the college-level course enables the student to obtain credit toward both the high school diploma and toward a college degree. An Enhanced Dual Enrollment Program provides academic, social, and emotional support to students through deep collaborations between the high school and college. In addition, Professional Development opportunities for all staff both high school and college are embedded to provide students with the supports they need as they transition from high school to college.
Additional information on Enhanced Dual Enrollment Programs
As of the 2007/2008 school year, the average student attendance rate of our schools was 95%. An analysis of Early College student transcripts in 17 MC-EC schools shows a total of 32,025 cumulative college course enrollments and 68,929 cumulative college credits earned from fall 2004 to summer 2008. Students demonstrated a 90% course pass rate and a 2.71 average cumulative college GPA.
Yes. MCNC has helped to start and improve several Middle / Early Colleges over the year. Contact us for more assistance.
No. Middle College National Consortium has successfully pioneered innovation in programs that serve districts, community colleges, universities, both public and charter; around the country for over three decades.
There is an annual membership fee of $800 for each school. In addition there are nominal fees for conferences and the cost of transportation and lodging.
Representatives of schools, school districts and colleges who are interested in the work of Middle Colleges and Early Colleges are invited to attend and participate in the MCNC Professional Development Institutes, held twice yearly usually at the end of June/beginning of July and February. The Institutes provide opportunities to learn more about the work of our schools and network with the teachers, guidance counselors, principals and college personnel doing the work.
Our coaches will help you to narrow down the services that are right for your school based on your goals and objectives for the short and long term. Review the various types of professional development we offer and contact us for further assistance.