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CH-UH School District and John Carroll University Partner to Prepare Heights High Students for College Success

September 4, 2012
Cleveland Heights, OH


Beginning this school year, students within Heights High’s R.E.A.L. Early College small school may earn up to two years of college credit through Early College, a new collaborative program from Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District and John Carroll University (JCU).

The program, an opportunity for CH-UH students to develop 21st Century skills and attend classes on the John Carroll University campus, will make it possible for students to complete all of their core high school requirements at Heights High by the end of their sophomore year. If students demonstrate a mastery of their high school classes, they may enroll in college level courses on the John Carroll University campus during their junior and senior years. Upperclassmen participating in the program will also enroll in high school electives at Heights High to ensure they still receive a high school experience.

R.E.A.L. students who do not master their high school coursework will not enroll in courses on JCU’s campus, but they will still benefit by participating in the small school’s college-prep model, which is designed to prepare all students for college academics regardless if they take a course on the JCU campus.

Left-right: Jeff Talbert CH-UH Assistant Superintendent , Dr. Mark Storz, JCU Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, CH-UH Superintendent Doug Heuer, Dr. John Day, Provost and Academic Vice President for JCU, Marc Aden, R.E.A.L. Early College Principal
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This partnership with JCU will expose Early College students to a real college setting and college level academics. It will build their confidence and make higher education affordable, a reality some didn’t think possible,” said Marc Aden, R.E.A.L. Early College principal. “Successful participation in the early college high school experience will also significantly increase our student’s opportunities to complete their bachelor degree program after their completion of high school.”  

The R.E.A.L. Early College High School will prepare students for college success by exposing them to a rigorous high school curriculum, with the needed academic supports to ensure success for students during their high school experience. These supports will ensure that students in The Early College High School are well prepared for their college classroom experiences at John Carroll University.   

To participate in JCU college courses on campus, R.E.A.L. students must demonstrate a mastery of their coursework at the high school level and demonstrate proficiency on the Ohio Graduation Test. To earn college credit, students must be accepted into John Carroll University and meet established classroom standards for all students enrolled on the John Carroll University Campus.

“John Carroll University is excited to partner with the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district's Early College High School,” said Mark Storz, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, John Carroll University. “We already have a mutually supportive relationship, and this program will give our faculty the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge education reform."

Both Heights High and John Carroll University will provide academic support for students as they transition onto a college campus. Staff will also help students develop study, interpersonal, and organizational skills that are needed to succeed in college. Some of these supports include the  AVID program, Project W.A.V.E., daily office hours after school, 100-minute classes for teachers, a summer bridge program, online supports through teachers, and monthly design team meetings that include JCU, CH-UH staff, students, and parents. Early College is also pursuing mentors to support Early College students.

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 Left-right back row: Bridgett Lambright (Eng. Tchr), Christopher Wallace (Science teacher), Lauren Stankie (Math teacher), Dr. Johnetta Wiley (Administrative CHHS Principal)
 Left-right front row: Dr. Mark Storz, JCU Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, CH-UH Superintendent Doug Heuer,      Dr. John Day, Provost and Academic Vice President for JCU, Marc Aden, R.E.A.L. Early College Principal