Indiana School Aiming for ‘Early College’ Designation

Peru High School is beefing up its dual-credit program in hopes of joining the 20 schools across the state that have been named “early college” high schools.

If it’s accepted into the early college program, Peru will be the only high school in the region to offer it to students.

Schools in Columbus, Bloomington, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Franklin, Evansville, South Bend, Washington, Clayton, Whiteland, Richmond and Connersville are already a part of the program that helps students earn at least a year of college credit before graduation.

Peru wants to be added to that list, and with 20 dual-credit courses being offered at the high school already, Superintendent Chuck Brimbury said the school is well on its way.

“We’re already leading this part of Indiana in dual credits,” Brimbury told the Kokomo Tribune. “Now, we’ve begun discussions to look at being an early college high school. It’s one of the most exciting things we can offer our students.”

The school will undergo a yearlong evaluation process to see if it meets the program’s core principles, Brimbury said.

That includes offering 10 dual-credit courses that are accepted by all seven public colleges in Indiana, Brimbury said. Peru is developing those courses right now.

The school currently offers dual-credit classes in English, science, math, social studies, art, music, engineering and in biomedical and technical areas.

It’s not enough just to offer the courses, though.

According to the early college initiative, early college schools must be committed to serving and supporting students underrepresented in higher education, and that underrepresented population must be the majority focus of the schools’ programs. (Read more.)

Via Lindsey Zilliak, Kokomo Tribune on Community College News.

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