Document Number: 8159 Early/Middle College High Schools - Early college high schools and middle college high schools are typically geared toward serving low-income, minority, and at-risk youth. Early college high schools can be located in a school-within-a-school, two- or four-year college campus, or third-party location, and allow students, five years after high school entry, to complete a high school diploma along with an associate’s degree, technical certification, or enough credits to enter a four-year institution as a junior. Middle colleges are usually situated on a college campus and allow students to concurrently earn high school and college credit in a specialized, supportive environment. This database provides information on the small number of states that, in lieu of having early and middle college high schools apply for waivers from state policies to address their specific program structures, have adopted comprehensive policies specifically tailored to the unique needs of such programs. (Jennifer Dounay and Michael Griffith, Education Commission of the States, July 2008)...
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