Early and Middle College High Schools and Programs

When planning a new early or middle college high school or an early/middle college program within a comprehensive high school, there are numerous decisions to be made initially, and then teams must engage in deep planning in order for the implementation launch to be successful. Focusing on some of the many decision-making areas below and developing a plan based on these topics will support successful implementation of your school or program.

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CCEMC can support educational institutions through the decision and planning process in many ways. CCEMC’s Professional Development events are an excellent vehicle to learn more about successful early or middle college high schools or early/middle college programs within a comprehensive high school along with the opportunity to network with Dual Enrollment educators from across the state. CCEMC’s Technical Assistance and Program Development is the next level of customized support that can be provided on-site, virtual or a combination of both.  The key to Technical Assistance and Program Development is the personalized and customized services that are tailored to the needs of your organization, and CCEMC prides itself on working with all budget levels.

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Early/Middle College High School Development

The development stage is one of the most important steps in designing an Early/Middle College High School or program. The more decisions that are made and determined during development will facility a successful launch. Below is a sampling of needs and decisions.

Initial Decision

  • Initial Leadership Team
  • Location of High School
  • New Autonomous School or Program within a High School
  • Format/Structure of School
  • Academic or Vocational Focus or a Combination
  • Mission and/or Vision Statement

Planning

  • Expand Leadership Team
  • Budget
  • Staffing
  • Partnership Type: MOU or CCAP
  • Alignment of School Policies & Practices
  • Target Student Population with Equity
  • Intentional Pathways/ Theme
  • Student Supports & Interventions
  • Recruitment Strategies
  • Costs - Textbooks, college fees, etc.
  • Community Involvement
  • Labor Market Value
  • Paperwork/eForms - Admissions & Records
  • Accountability Documentation
  • Develop Advisory Board(s)

Implementation

  • Hire Staff
  • Recruit Students
  • Develop Advisory Boards*
  • Ongoing Evaluation & Performance Improvement
  • Scaling/Expansion of Program

*This step can occur sooner in the planning process

The Dual Enrollment Handbook

is an excellent resource.

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