Since the start of the Early College High School initiative, the MCNC has sought to increase both student access and success in higher education by developing small schools in which high school students have the opportunity to enroll in college courses and earn college credits.

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MCNC serves a diverse population of students, many from groups that have been traditionally underserved in education.

Over the years, we have used the approach of “Data is our Friend” and emphasized the importance of data collection, review, and use to make data-informed, data-driven improvement decisions.  This process has become one of our core signature features of our school conference meetings held twice a year.  NCREST at Teachers College, Columbia University, one our strategic partners since the start of the ECHS initiative, continues to provide data support for our organization.

Current Data on our Schools Reveals:

Data Project Schools by State – 2014-15:

  • California (4)
  • Michigan (4)
  • New York (4)
  • Colorado (2)
  • Illinois (2)
  • Maryland (1)
  • Ohio (1)
  • Tennessee (1)
  • Texas (1)

School Size and Grade Levels:

  • More than 500 students – 20%
  • Less than 500 students 80%
  • Starts with 9th Grad Cohort – 90%
  • Offer Grade 13/5th Year Option – 30%

Schools’ College Partners:

  • 1 College Partner – 85%
  • 2+ College Partners – 15%
  • Offer 2 Year Programs – 75%
  • Offer 4 Year Programs – 25%

Student Supports Offered:

  • 100% of the schools offer:
    • College Readiness, Skills, and Success Classes
    • Formal Tutoring
    • Test Prep (SAT, PSAT, ACT)
  • 90% of the schools offer:
    • Test Prep (Graduation)
    • Mentoring
  • 80% of the schools offer:
    • Test Prep (College Entrance Exam)
    • Advisories or House
  • 70% of the schools offer:
    • Bridge Courses/Programs

Demographics:

  • Gender:
    • Female – 57%
    • Male – 43%
  • Ethnicity:
    • Hispanic – 39%
    • Black – 33%
    • Caucasian – 16%
    • Asian – 7%
    • Other – 5%
  • Free/Reduced Lunch Eligibility – 73%
  • Attendance – 92%

MCNC Data Project Schools

 

College Course Access

 

College Credits

 

College GPA

2013-14 12th Graders – Credits Earned by Subject Area (Cumulative)

2013-14 12th Graders – STEM* College Course Experience:*STEM-related Subjects Include: Communication (Graphic Arts), Computers, Engineering, Health, Math, Science