The Early College is a five year high school program that allows students to earn a high school diploma and college credit leading up to an associate's degree from Lake Superior State University (LSSU) tuition free!
How it works is students have a traditional 9th grade high school schedule and start to work towards their degree in 10th grade. Students who have an interest in the Early College program will need to take a one credit university seminar course during 10th grade to be eligible for the program. Once students reach 11th grade they will need to declare their intent to participate in the Early College by the first fall count day. During 11th and 12th grade students will take a combination of college and high school classes. At grade 13 students will complete their high school graduation requirement with one math or math related course and the remaining courses will be college courses that occur on LSSU's campus.
Early College Updates
The interest in the Early College Program during its first year has far surpassed our hopes, and it’s all thanks to the awesome administrators at each of our schools! Whether they invited us to an open house, made the time for us to present to the students in class, or by doing the groundwork themselves. We couldn’t have reached this point without their help and support. Currently there are students from seven different EUP schools enrolled in our University Seminar Course.
Now it’s time to start looking at next year’s cohort of students and it would great to see even more schools participate next year. The main focus for this Spring will be to make sure this year’s 9th graders are aware of the Early College program and know the steps to take if they want to be involved next year. It’s never too early for a student to start thinking about their high school planning and post-secondary options. To make sure students are aware of all their options before they start planning their high school schedules, we’d welcome an opportunity to talk with 7th and 8th graders as well.
Looking at next fall, most of the EUP schools have open houses, parent/teacher conferences, and other events that can be utilized to spread the word about the program. It may seem far away, but it will be here sooner than you think.
Last fall we talked with students in a variety of different ways. Each school is unique and so is the approach taken in talking with students and parents. Please look at the next couple months and see if there is a time for an Early College representative to talk with students. It could be during class, at lunch time, or even an evening event. Also, if you are beginning to plan events for the start of next school year, such as an open house, please keep us in mind.