Early college high school is a bold approach, based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges. Early college high schools blend high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive program, compressing the time it takes to complete high school diploma and the first two years of college.
Since 2002, the partner organizations of the Early College High School Initiative have started or redesigned over 130 schools in 24 states. The schools are designed so that low-income youth, first-generation college goers, English language learners, students of color, and other young people underrepresented in higher education can simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree or up to two years of credit toward a Bachelor’s degree—tuition free.
Aspire High Schools are among this select group of schools across America. Each Aspire high school works closely with a partner college or university to expose its students to the resources, rigor, and intensity of college-level academics, while still providing appropriate personal support.
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