Nashville high school will let students graduate with an associate’s degree.
In a partnership announced Thursday, Nashville State Community College and Metro Nashville Public Schools are creating the district’s first-ever early college high school education program.
The program will begin in the 2018-19 school year and will be housed at Nashville public schools’ Middle College High School located at the community college’s main campus.
The program will emphasize information technology and allow students to graduate with a high school diploma and associate’s degree.
“Our goal is to better prepare students for life by giving them early access to opportunities like college and the ability to make a decent living after high school. The best part of this educational opportunity is that it will be offered at a no cost,” Director of Schools Shawn Joseph said. “While other school districts have adopted early college concepts, this will be a first effort for Metro Schools.”
Students can graduate with an Associate of Science in Information Technology. The degree is part of the Tennessee Transfer Pathways program which guarantees that college credits earned will also transfer to some public and private universities in Tennessee for completion toward a bachelor’s degree.
“Postsecondary education is a necessity in today’s workforce, and attending an early college program while still in high school is a proactive way to ensure students are on a clear path toward obtaining a college degree. I look forward to building on this effort with MNPS to best serve students in the region.” incoming Nashville State President, Shanna Jackson said.
Eighth grade students who meet the district’s academic magnet entrance requirements may apply.
Only 100 seats will be opened to qualified students entering 9th grade. The school will add a grade each year with the first graduating class in the 2021-2022 school year.
The Early College program will gradually replace the current Middle College Program, which provides students the opportunity to earn college credits and an associate’s degree but is not set up to ensure students earn the college degree.