In their own words: Why students chose to attend Early College High School.

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Applications are still available for incoming 9th graders!

Through our innovative MNPS Early College High School Program, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree from Nashville State Community College, at no extra cost to families, ready to enter the competitive workforce with relevant skills and knowledge. In an uncertain time with a difficult job market, Early College may be a great choice for your student.

Why Early college high school?

  • Students can explore industries of interest to them:新皇冠体育盘口 Early College students take classes that relate to the specific real-world jobs your student is interested in, and academic advisors provide real-time insights on how the materials they cover now can expand their career options and their paychecks.

  • A unique college experience - in high school!新皇冠体育盘口 Students will take class on a college campus, with peers enrolled in both high school and Nashville State Community College,  when we return to school, so they will be around peers who are also navigating college courses, and who also may have similar challenges to overcome.

  • Access to hands-on personalized support: Students receive personalized support through college and career coaches.

  • Early College opens the door to potential scholarship opportunities: An associate’s degree earned through the Early College Program will transfer to seven public and six private institutions in Tennessee.新皇冠体育盘口 The majority of earned credits will transfer to many colleges across the state and outside of Tennessee.

  • The program is FREE!

Why Early College? In current students’ own words.

 “I feel like students should come to Early College High School because everyone is so supportive and kind. I love the small classes; they help me focus. I also love how the students at ECHS get to have a voice in school choices and decisions.”

-Kyria Porter (Grade 10)

 “I chose Early College High School because of the ability to leave high school with an associate’s degree. I always wanted to get a head start on living my own life, and this is the perfect opportunity. Others should look into this school because of the chance to get an associate’s degree, have some early college experience before going to finish your credits, and the learning experience is quite nice too!”

- Jayden Phillips (Grade 11)

 “I first heard about Early College High School via a letter in the mail. I had already decided on what high school I would be attending, but my parents suggested we see what ECHS school had to offer. At the orientation, we were informed that there was an opportunity for me, as a high school student, to receive an associate degree in a pathway of my choosing. I decided to pick ECHS because of the healthy environment it provides: the people, the learning, and the family feel. ECHS gives me a rare opportunity for early success, and I have made so many friends and mentors that have changed my life. ECHS will not only prepare you for a higher education, but it will prepare you for life, give you confidence, and help you explore your interests.  That’s the type of environment Early College has provided for me.”   

新皇冠体育盘口 -Prince Ford (Grade 11)

 “I chose to attend Early College High School because I liked the idea of graduating high school with a completed associate’s degree. When I compared this school to other academic magnet schools while deciding where to go, I was drawn to the … smaller class sizes and the opportunity to study on a college campus. Now, as I get ready to begin my junior year of high school with twelve college credits to my name (far more than my friends from other schools can boast), I can confidently say that this school is engaging, gratifying, and has a closely knit community within its walls that I continue to appreciate day by day. All of the teachers are committed to actually teaching and engaging their students; our principal does a marvelous job of communication even in confusing times like these, and I wouldn’t trade the friends I’ve made here for anything. I highly recommend Early College as a place for students to grow and learn and come out on the other side all the better for it.”

-Ruth Giblin (Grade 11) 

“I chose to go to Early College High School because of the opportunity to graduate high school with an associate degree. I knew this opportunity would help fast forward my career in the real world. Students should consider Early College because of the environment our teachers and school administrators set up for us. If you're scared about the thought of being put into a college class so soon, don’t be. You can work at your own pace, and you are supported along the way. Students at Early College are given more responsibilities than a normal high school student, but they are also given more freedom.”

-Zuhayra Mohamed (Grade 11):

Apply to Early College

Incoming ninth-grade students with qualifying test scores and a GPA of 85 or greater are eligible to apply. Learn more and apply on the Early College page.