Jackson Public Schools established the Michelle Obama Early College High School (ECHS) Program in partnership with Tougaloo College with the inaugural class beginning in August of 2018. The program operates as a small, independent program on the Tougaloo College campus. Students in the program complete Mississippi graduation requirements for high school while working on college coursework. Students may earn an associate's degree or up to two years of credits towards a bachelor's degree.
Each fall, incoming ninth-grade students are enrolled in the program and upperclassman continue their advanced coursework. To be considered, students must submit an application, fulfill admission criteria, and participate in an interview process. Final selection for admission is conducted by an external agency.
Once enrolled in the program, students must maintain a 3.0, exhibit good attendance, and display excellent citizenship.
Who is the best fit for ECHS?
The Michelle Obama Early College High School Program was established to help first-generation college students and other underrepresented students earn college credits while in high school. The Michelle Obama ECHS is open to JPS students who are motivated and willing to commit to this academically challenging program for four years, beginning the summer before ninth grade.
Are high school freshmen ready to be college students?
Of course! We acknowledge all students need academic, emotional, and social support, but with determination and persistent work committed students are capable of success at Michelle Obama ECHS. The faculty and staff focus on teaching students the academic behaviors which prove successful in this learning environment so they may be empowered to serve as agents of change. Upon program enrollment, each student is guided by an individualized learning plan developed to help them to experience success and graduate from high school college and career ready.
How are students accepted?
ALL eighth-grade students zoned to the Jackson Public School District are eligible to apply. To be considered, students must submit an application, fulfill admission criteria, and participate in an interview process. Final selection for admission is conducted by an external agency. The application can be found on the school’s website and must be submitted online.
We envision the ECHS becoming a top-ranked academic program of innovation wherein our staff and students demonstrate growth and increasing proficiency while seeking opportunities to explore the world as a classroom in order to see, experience, and do what is learned while preparing students to graduate high school without the need for remediation upon entry into college, vocational schools, or career pathways.
- Become a Model School of Innovation
- Staff and Students Experience Growth
- Students Increase in Proficiency
- Students See, Experience, and Do What is Learned
- Students Graduate High School with No Need for College Level Remediation
We are committed to creating a top-ranked academic program by facilitating authentic educational experiences (both inside and outside of the classroom) which empower students and staff to serve as agents of change while engaging in personal, professional, and social transformation via:
- Strategic Thinking
- Goal Setting
- Continuous Learning
- Continuous Improvement
- Service Learning/Community Service Activities
- Personal Reflection
- Personalized College and Career Preparation
- Modeling a Culture of High Expectations