Welcome to Early College

The Early College program encompasses numerous programs for higher education opportunities for students.

Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement program offers high school students worldwide the opportunity to take college-level courses while attending secondary school. AP courses are invariably more rigorous than other high school offerings.

To participate in an AP class is to enter a world of intense discussion and thought. Students are given the intellectual responsibility to think critically, rationally and analytically to gain a more profound understand of course content.

Such intellectual training inevitably helps students succeed in college where these skills are essential. In fact, a recent United States Department of Education study shows that participation in AP and other challenging high school courses is one of the strongest predictors of college success.

Administrative Rules

R277-707: Enhancement for Accelerated Students Program
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

Brochures

Student | Parent (2017-2018)

Resources 

Student

The following are resources designed to help students in the AP program as well as for future educational goals.

Get Ready for AP Exams
View the AP exam calendars on The College Board website.

The College Board
A not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 4,500 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, The College Board serves over three million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, and the Advanced Placement (AP) Program. The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns.

AP Annual Conference

AP Courses and Exams

AP Services for Students with Disabilities
Ensuring Accommodations on College Board Exams

Teacher and Counselor

AP Courses and Exams
There is a lot more to an AP exam than meets the eye. In this section we provide a glimpse behind the scenes of the two-year development process of one of the largest exam administrations in the world.

AP Central
The official online home for anyone interested in or involved with the Pre-AP or AP programs. General information about the AP program is also available from this website. You will need to register to access the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on AP courses and exams, as well as unique resources and tools.

School Ordering Services
The College Board requires a login and password.

Course Descriptions
The College Board offers 34 courses in 19 disciplines. On this website you can select the official AP course description for the most up-to-date information about each course and exam.

Exam Calendar and Fees
The AP coordinator notifies AP students of where and exactly when the exams they are taking will be given. Exam proctors should allow about an hour for various pre- and post-administration activities and from two to three hours for each AP exam.

Concurrent Enrollment

The purpose of Concurrent Enrollment is to provide a challenging college-level experience for students in their last two years of high school. Course offerings in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Fine Arts, Humanities, World Languages, Career and Technical programs, and Education have been implemented in high schools throughout the state. Last year, more than 27,000 high school juniors and seniors in our state earned over 188,000 college level credit hours.

To register for concurrent enrollment courses, students must meet with a high school counselor. Registration for concurrent enrollment is a two-part process. First, students need parental permission to register for a CE course. That documentation must be provided to their high school. Secondly, students will be required to complete an application for the institution of higher learning that is offering the course. There may be a one-time application fee charged by the institution. This fee will not have to be paid a second time should a student choose to attend this institution as a higher education student after graduation.

Students who need additional assistance with the CE application process should speak to their high school counselor or CE course instructor.

Early College High School

Early College High School provide rigorous, supportive learning environments that blend high school and the first two years of college. They incorporate effective instruction and structural practices common to many small schools. The unique mission of the ECHS is to raise the high school graduation and postsecondary success rates of underserved youth.

Utah has six ECHS operating in partnership with seven of the state’s higher education colleges and universities. These public charter high schools combine traditional high school classes, Concurrent Enrollment classes, and Early College on-campus classes to accelerate their student’s progress. A large percentage of ECHS students graduate from high school with an associate’s degree. The high school pays the participating student’s college tuition as part of their public education.

Students are selected by a lottery system. Students enter the schools in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade, depending on the school. Students must meet the requirements for Concurrent Enrollment and Early College classes established by the colleges and universities. To be successful in ECHS, students must be focused, willing to devote their time to academic pursuits, and have a strong work ethic.

The program allows ECHS students to move into the college experience gradually over two or three years. Throughout their school experience, there are academic and social supports available that help students succeed. The small size of ECHS and the opportunity for students to participate in a collaborative learning environment becomes a powerful motivator for students. If you are interested in an ECHS experience, contact any one of the ECHS.

Resources

Academy for Math, Engineering and Science (AMES)

Intech Collegiate High School

Itineris Early College High School

Northern Utah Academy for Math, Engineering and Science (NUAMES) 

Success Academy

Utah County Academy of Sciences (UCAS)

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate consists of three programmes that encompass ages 3-19:

  • Primary Years Programme (Ages 3-12)
  • Middle Years Programme (Ages 12-16)
  • Diploma Programme (Ages 16-19)

All three programmes require study in a broad range of subjects including content in cultural education. Special emphasis in language acquisition and language development, the development in the skills of learning, opportunities for individual and collaborative planning as well as a community service component requiring action and reflection, complement the course of study in the IB programmes.

If you have questions, please e-mail or phone at (801) 538-7664.

International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)

Primary Years Programme

Middle Years Programme

Diploma Programme

Centennial Scholarship

This is a Utah-only Scholarship!

The Centennial Scholarship for Early Graduation program is a partial tuition program which allows for high school graduation to be flexible and appropriate to meet the individual students' needs.

Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Centennial Scholarship Early Graduation Certificate (with deferral)

Deferral Options and Requirements

Eligible Post-secondary Schools of Higher Education

Eligibility

Any public school student is eligible who has:

  • A Student Education Occupation Plan (SEOP) on file
  • Has indicated to the secondary school principal the intent to complete early graduation
  • Has completed all required courses or demonstrated mastery of required skills and competencies
  • Has graduated from a Utah public high school is eligible.

Requirements

To receive scholarship funds, a student must: graduate early from a Utah secondary institution, enroll within one calendar year in an eligible Utah post-secondary institutions.

Post-secondary institutions accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges are eligible. A student must begin using funds as a full-time student and for tuition only within a calendar year of high school graduation.

Scholarship Funds

Junior Year: $1,000

First Quarter of the Senior Year: $750

Second Quarter of the Senior Year: $500

Third Quarter of the Senior Year: $250

First Trimester of the Senior Year: $666

Second Trimester of the Senior Year: $333

Procedures

  1. In consultation with the student's parent or guardian and school advisor, student develops a SEOP and indicates to the secondary principal the intent to complete early graduation at the beginning of the ninth grade year or as soon thereafter as the intent is known.
  2. Upon graduation, student obtains Centennial Scholarship for Early Graduation certificate from high school counselor.
  3. High School Principal verifies that student's early graduation and signs certificate. Original certificate kept by students. Additional copies made for school and district records.
  4. Student enrolls full time in eligible post-secondary institution and presents certificate to registrar.
  5. Registrar verifies student enrollment, completes, signs, and seals certificate. Original copy is sent to Utah State Board of Education (USBE).
  6. USBE verifies information, approves funding, and issues funds. Funds are sent directly to the post-secondary institution in the student's name within 4-6 weeks.
  7. Any funds remaining unused when student leaves the post-secondary institution are returned to USBE.

Early College Team

Nathan Auck
Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7664| E-mail

Pamela Talili
Office Assistant
Phone: (801) 538-7770 | E-mail