Early College High School Model

Greetings Superintendents:

The purpose of the Mississippi Early College High School (ECHS) model is to provide a targeted student population with academic and emotional support through a small, independent high school program that is traditionally located on a partnering college campus. The goal of an ECHS is for students to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate degree or two years of college credit from the partnering college. Minimally, all members of the cohort should graduate from high school meeting ACT or SAT standards for admission to college without remediation and earn college credits while in high school.

The creation of a Mississippi ECHS requires a strong partnership between a K-12 school district and post-secondary institution and significant planning. All districts and their post-secondary partners must make application, through the Mississippi Department of Education through the School of Innovation application and receive State Board of Education approval in order to implement an ECHS program. Middle College programs must also apply and receive approval through the School of Innovation application. Please note that no funding is guaranteed from the Mississippi Department of Education to support these programs.

The application for all Districts of Innovation or Schools of Innovation can be accessed here. All applications for implementation for the 2019-2020 school year are due to the Office of Secondary Education no later than December 10, 2018. Please reach out to Dr. Dana Bullard at dbullard@mdek12.org with questions.


Nathan Oakley, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer