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JPS To Offer Early College High School in 2018-2019

June 14, 2018

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Jackson Public Schools has invited students, parents and the community to hear about its Early College High School offering opening in the fall of 2018. An information meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 at Blackburn Laboratory Middle School located at 1311 W. Pearl Street, Jackson, MS.

Jackson Public Schools will establish an Early College High School (ECHS) in partnership with Tougaloo College. The program will operate as a small, independent high school program on the campus of Tougaloo College. Students in the program will complete their Mississippi graduation requirements for high school while working on college coursework. Upon meeting graduation requirements, students may earn an associate's degree or up to two years of credits toward a bachelor's degree. The minimum expectation is that all graduates of the program meet SAT and ACT college readiness standards.

Initially, JPS will enroll 42 ninth grade students. New students will be added each year until the program has students in grades 9–12. To be considered, students must submit an application, fulfill admission criteria, and participate in an interview process. Final selection for admission will be conducted by an external selection agency.

Early College High Schools include a variety of dual credit/dual enrollment course offerings. Nationally, these early college programs have been emerging since the early 2000s, and graduation rates are typically in the 90-percent range according to a U.S. News & World Report article

There are currently four Early College High Schools located in Mississippi:

  • Mayhew at East Mississippi Community College
  • Vicksburg at Hinds Community College
  • Clarksdale at Coahoma Community College
  • Natchez at Copiah-Lincoln Community College 

Early College High School Information

For more information or to ask a question, please contact us about the Early College High School Program.

Visit the Early College High School webpage to learn more about the program and the application timeline.

Please click the appropriate links below to access the applications, forms, and other information about applying to the JPS/Tougaloo Early College High School.