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Early College High School forum for current 8th and 9th graders to be held in January

Program helps transition students to concurrent enrollment options

Administrators from Early College High School and Tulsa Community College are hosting multiple informational forums about the benefits of Early College High School for current 8th and 9th graders and their parents. These forums will take place on the following dates at the Broken Arrow Performance Arts Center, 701 S. Main Street in Broken Arrow. Masks will be required. The forums will also be utilizing Zoom for parents/students who want to virtually join to learn more. Parents will need to send an email to earlycollegehighschool@baschools.org at least two hours in advance of the forum to request the Zoom link.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 20: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 21: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 25: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 28: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 1: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Early College High School 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. Watch this 2019-20 ArrowVision video for an overview of ECHS. 

“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.