Based on research conducted by students at The Charles School, the following early college opportunities were identified, regarding educational opportunities, admission requirements, costs, and support.
Early/Middle College Schools and Programs:
● Akron Early College High School:
At Akron Early College High School, both eleventh and twelfth graders are offered college credit. Ninth and tenth graders only take high school classes. Dual enrollment and Advanced Placement classes are not offered. Out of three-hundred and fifty-one students, 33 percent are Black, 53% are White, 2% are Hispanic, 6% are Asian, and 6% are other. This program is geared toward Low Income and First Generation College Students. Eighth graders who apply, must have a strong desire to participate in an rigorous, academically focused High School. Only 100 Freshman are chosen each year.
● Dayton Early College Academy:
Students that attend Dayton Early College Academy are offered a Dual Credit curriculum. The Dayton Early College Academy’s current enrollment is around 426 students including over 160 students in our new Junior High. All students must take a study skills course as well as pass a minimum of 2 gateways prior to enrolling in college level courses. If a student is enrolled in a course(s), DECA will pay for all fees associated with the class with the exception of course books. It is written in the gateways that a minimum of three courses must be completed with a grade of “C”. To take advantage of the option of fees being paid by DECA, the student must be enrolled through the DECA college liaison; DECA will not pay for courses in which parents/students enroll themselves. F-Students receiving a “D” in a course(s) will pay for the course at the current per credit hour rate. ($45.00/hr 9-09) ($47.00/hr after Fall 2009).
● Design Lab Early College High School:
At Design Lab Early College High School, students are offered STEM Credit. This year, the enrollment amount 243 9-10th grade. The students have the opportunity to earn as many as 60 college credits. The Per-Pupil Spending is $14,146 (district). Any student is eligible, as long as they’re entering the 9 or 10th grade. In this school, 92.9% are black 1.2% are Hispanic 5.4% are White, and there are eighty males(47.6%) and eighty-seven females (51.8%) .
● Early College High School in Canton:
At Early College High School in Canton, students are offered a rigorous dual enrollment program. This year, 348 students were enrolled. To start and stay at this school, students must pass placement tests and complete pre- requisites. The school’s main population are racial and ethnic minorities, and low income, first generation college students.
● Early College High School in Lorain County:
Early College High School in Lorain County offers a dual Credit curriculum. There are over 280 students attending this school. Student are offered as many as 60 credit hours. The school is tuition free. Criteria that will be considered are school attendance, school discipline history, grades and motivation. The population of the high school will mirror the demographics of the school districts served. Students must be first-generation college-going students. Students must be entering the ninth grade and must be proficient in the 7th grade reading and math Ohio Achievement Test (OAT). For Students transitioning from eighth grade to high school. To Continue at the school all students are expected to know and follow the rules and regulations listed in the Elyria /Lorain High Schools’ Handbooks. LCCC Campus Safety & Security guidelines reviewed in SDEV 101 will be enforced.
● Metro Early College High School:
The Metro Early College High School offers a STeM based curriculum. In 2012, 68 students graduated. Metro has received significant support from Battelle, The Ohio State University and Coalition of Essential Schools National to design and open the school. Metro was also awarded the Early College Grant through the Knowledgeworks Foundation and the Ohio Department of Education. There is no charge for students to participate but they are responsible for their own transportation. Students are accepted in a lottery system. Of the students enrolled, 54% are Caucasian, 28% African American, 8% Multi-racial, 8% Asian, and 3% Hispanic.
● Toledo Early College High School:
At Toledo Early College High School, students follow a Dual Enrollment program. The school currently has 250 students. Toledo Early College High School was awarded the Early College Grant through the Knowledgeworks Foundation and the Ohio Department of Education. When deciding future students, a lottery system is used.
Colleges That Offer College Credit to High School Students:
● Kent State
Kent State University offers college credit to high school students and all fees are paid for by the college
To be accepted it is preferred that the students has a 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Preferred ACT composite score of 23 or combined SAT score of 1070 (reading and math). Applicants must also:
write a five-paragraph essay on why you wish to be accepted into the program; ask a high school counselor to complete the Kent State Dual Credit Counselor Recommendation Form and submit an official high school transcript; ask two former or current high school teachers of your choice to complete a Kent State Dual Credit Teacher Recommendation Form. It is required that Dual Credit applicants provide ACT or SAT scores with their application.
● Cincinnati State
This past fall, Cincinnati State University accepted approximately 1,300 high school students. While pass rates vary by course section, the general trend is to see course completion (grades of C or better) at 90% or greater. Dual enrollment per semester credit hour tuition has been set at $65/semester credit hour. However, many of their students come from high schools that have entered into a collaborative partnership relationship with the college. For those, the college “waives” its tuition charge in return for other “in-kind” services agreed to by the district and college. College readiness criteria is established for each course and individual schools determine a process to identify qualified students appropriate for each course. Examples of qualifications may include: COMPASS testing, ACT test scores, high school GPA, teacher/counselor recommendation, etc.