The Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI), also referred to as “early college,” works with management programs, school districts, high schools, and/or universities to help students earn college credit while they pursue a high school diploma. So, instead of taking high school courses and a few college courses, such as when students pursue dual enrollment, the courses themselves are viewed as college curriculum that is tailored to high school students. At minimum, a graduating student will earn at least twelve credits from their early college that are transferrable to many other colleges should the student pursue a four-year college degree. Students can also earn an associate degree if they graduate from their ECHSI programs.
ECHSI can be a high school intervention for struggling students, or it can be an option for students who want to start early on their college education.