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Early College High School Information Session on October 9, 2009

To:College and University Presidents
Leaders of Charter Schools and Collaboratives
From:Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D.
Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Dr. Richard Freeland
Commissioner of the Department of Higher Education
Date:September 13, 2009


The Department of Higher Education and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are co-hosting a daylong information session on early college high school programs on Friday, October 9, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mt. Wachusett Community College. We encourage leaders from institutions of higher education and public school districts to join us in the conversation about the various models and benefits of early college programs.

Early college high school programs are based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges. Early college high schools blend high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive program, compressing the time it takes to complete high school diploma and the first two years of college.

The goal of this information session is to increase the awareness of, interest in, and creation of early college sites throughout the Commonwealth. We plan to accomplish this goal through:

  1. Providing interested school districts and colleges the latest information, including newly released data on the success of early college programs.
  2. Highlighting the Gateway to College model, in particular, as one early college program type that is already successful in Massachusetts and that is aimed at students most likely to drop out of high school.
  3. Sharing concrete promising practices for designing, implementing, and funding an early college program.

The day will feature presentations from:

To review the agenda and to register for this exciting opportunity, please visit:
We strongly encourage participation of teams of staff that include representatives from school district(s) and an area college. There is no cost for this information session, and a light breakfast and lunch are included.

Last Updated: September 18, 2009
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