Fundamental to the mission of Middle College-Early College High Schools is the belief that students who are not traditionally served by college – those who are poor, members of minorities, English language learners, academically unprepared, unmotivated or unchallenged – are capable of winning college degrees and even beginning college study while still in high school.
To accomplish this, two things are needed: first, we need to raise expectations and challenge students with stimulating, engaging and thought provoking instruction, and second, these higher expectations must be coupled with comprehensive student support that addresses the academic, emotional and social needs of at-risk students. We call such a program “Wrap Around Support.”
- Student support is not incidental, but embedded into the school. Advisories, early college seminars or after-school tutoring/mentoring are a required part of a student’s schedule.
- The effort involves all the adults in the school, and is not the sole responsibility of a school counselor or a few teachers. “It takes a village” is more than a slogan, and rather is an acknowledgment that turning at-risk youngsters into college completers requires the efforts of everyone: teachers, administrators, community and college personnel, and parents.
- A comprehensive support system addresses the full array of student academic, social and emotional needs. Students at MC-EC schools are well cared for by the adults who take full responsibility for their students’ success and well being.
- Academic support structures for students enrolled in both high school and college classes, which may include credit retrieval programs, mentoring and tutoring and individualized 4- and 5-year learning plans are provided by the high school staff, college remediation centers and high school and college student and faculty tutors and mentors.
- Structures that provide for the social-emotional support of students include teacher-led advisories, early college seminars, club periods and community service programs. A school counselor and other professionals provide emotional support, community outreach for additional services, the coordination of student support programs and, through professional development outreach, the nurturing of teachers as they expand their role as counselors or advisors.
- An early college seminar or “Introduction to College” class to provide regular academic support for students in college classes, introduce them to the protocols of college life, monitor their progress and help them with college applications as they make the transition to full-time college students.
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