Fundamental to the mission of Middle College-Early College High Schools is the belief that students who are not traditionally served by college — those who are poor, members of minorities, English language learners, academically unprepared, unmotivated or unchallenged — are capable of earning  college degrees and even beginning college study while still in high school.

To accomplish this, two things are needed: first, we need to raise expectations and challenge students with stimulating, engaging and thought provoking instruction: and second, these higher expectations must be coupled with comprehensive student support  that addresses the academic, emotional and social needs of at-risk students.  We call such a program “Wrap Around Support.”

Common characteristics:

  • Student support is not incidental, but embedded into the school. Advisories, early college seminars or after-school tutoring/mentoring are a required part of a student’s schedule.
  • The effort involves all the adults in the school, and is not the sole responsibility of a school counselor or a few teachers.  Turning at-risk youngsters into college completers requires the efforts of everyone: teachers, administrators, community and college personnel, and parents.
  • A comprehensive support system addresses the full array of student academic, social and emotional needs.  Students at MC-EC schools are well cared for by the adults who take full responsibility for their students’ success and well being.

Common structures:

  • Academic support structures for students enrolled in both high school and college classes may include credit retrieval programs, mentoring and tutoring and individualized 4- and 5-year learning plans that are provided by the high school staff, college remediation centers and high school and college student and faculty tutors and mentors.
  • Social-emotional support of students may include teacher-led advisories, early college seminars, club periods and community service programs.
  • A school counselor and other professionals provide emotional support, community outreach for additional services, and the coordination of student support programs
  • School counselors provide professional development outreach, nurturing, and enhancing the capacity of teachers as they expand their role as counselors or advisors.
  • An early college seminar or “Introduction to College” class provides regular academic support for students  in college classes, introduces them to the protocols of college life, monitors their progress and helps them with college applications as they make the transition to full-time college students.

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