Dynamic High School College Partnerships – Location, Collaboration & Organizational StructureDesign Principles: Power of the Site

Locating schools on or near a college campus is integral to student motivation and success. Proximity fosters enduring collaborative partnerships and mutual accountability. Students are treated as college students and see themselves as college completers. The organizational structure reflects the shared responsibility of the high school, college, and school district for student outcomes.  High schools and colleges create curriculum alignment that leads to high quality educational and employment opportunities. Middle and Early College High Schools, not located on the physical campus, maintain a transparent and robust interaction and access to college facilities, classes and faculty for the teachers and students of the high school. Relationships among administrators, faculty, and staff at the secondary and postsecondary levels, as well as business representatives, parents and members of the community all work to support student success.

  • A written document is in place that includes agreed understandings with regard to facilities, resources, finances and dual enrollment opportunities.
  • Student schedules and school calendar are aligned with the college to permit students to take college classes at convenient times.
  • The high school principal has a role in the college’s governance structure.
  • A collaboration committee of college and high school personnel advises on school implementation.
  • There is a highly placed MC liaison at the college.
  • All students take college classes for dual enrollment and have the opportunity to earn 30 college credits at no cost to them.