For some students, spending the high school years just waiting to get to college doesn’t happen – and for good reason. These students are spending their high school years doing the work of college. They are enrolled in an Early College High School.
Early College High School is not the same thing as Dual Enrollment. In a dual enrollment program, students attend a traditional high school and take one or two college classes at the same time. In an Early College High School, some strictly high school classes are replaced by college classes – for all students in the school. So Early College High School is an institutional, rather than an individual, program. The program provides an opportunity for students to receive a high school diploma at the same time that they receive college credit, or even an associates degree – tuition free.