New program allows freshmen, sophomores to take high school courses on college campus
Early College High School helps transition students to concurrent enrollment options
New for fall 2019, incoming freshman and sophomores can participate in a program called Early College High School. This program allows students to take high school level courses on the Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow campus while simultaneously equipping them to successfully undertake college coursework upon completion of 10th grade.
“Early College High School was made possible by our partnerships with Northeastern State University and Tulsa Community College,” said Sharon James, executive director of secondary education for Broken Arrow Public Schools. “This program truly increases college readiness and provides students the access to university labs, libraries and other support services.”
Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that time in a postsecondary classroom during high school can lead to more college-going behavior. It also supports the “Power of 15,” an initiative based on studies indicating that students who leave high school with 15 college credits are more likely to attend college and stay there longer. This program also saves parents money for college and increases first generation college attendees.
Additional student benefits of Early College High School include peer/study groups, a smaller learning environment, ease of college enrollment, easier transition after high school, increase in college grades and more focused support for college entrance scores.
All courses will be taught by Broken Arrow teachers. Students in athletics and fine arts are able to participate and still meet necessary requirements. Details regarding transportation and daily schedule are still being ironed out.
If interested in the program, please fill out and submit the online application for your student by May 13.
Interested in learning more? The district is hosting forums to inform students and parents about this opportunity. All forums will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Broken Arrow Freshman Academy on the following remaining dates.
- April 30 - canceled due to impending severe weather
- May 6
- May 9
For more information, please contact the district’s instructional team at 918-259-7725.