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Early Colleges/Middle Colleges: Students/Parents Must Be Notified of Early College/Middle College Opportunities

This database indicates whether students and/or parents must be notified of the availability of early/middle college high school programs in their district.

Why does it matter?
  • You can't go if you don't know.
  • Traditionally underserved students who are the target population of early and middle college high school programs are generally less connected in the school community, and consequently less likely to be aware of programs that can benefit them.


  • Highlights
  • Two states — Colorado and Texas — require districts to notify students and/or parents of the availability of local early or middle college high school programs.

    What's not included in this database:
  • While partnerships between districts and postsecondary institutions make early and middle college high schools available in many states, the state policies governing these partnerships are often either intended for dual enrollment, charter or alternative programs. Such policies are not usually a good fit with the unique characteristics of early and middle colleges. State policies included here are specifically designed to provide a comprehensive structure for early and middle college high schools.
  • State policies that address early college or middle college in piecemeal fashion but do not address the overall structure or functioning of programs.
  • State programs that allow high school students to earn substantial amounts of postsecondary credit but do not appear to fully align with the early or middle college model (i.e., West Virginia EDGE).

    As of August 2008, seven states have explicit state-level policies governing the creation of local early and/or middle college high school partnerships. States whose local early/middle college programs are governed by dual enrollment or charter school policies are not included in this database.

    Sources for all data points are accessible through this link.

    Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agency Web sites, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

    Last updated: July 31, 2008

    This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.
  • Students/parents must be notified of early college/middle college opportunities
    California Not set in state policy
    Colorado Yes, but only those students/parents in districts eligible to host an early college program. An eligible district is one that either contracted with a community college to implement a dual degree program within two years of enactment of the 2007 enabling legislation, or had a graduation rate below 75% for the 2004-2005 school year.
    Michigan No
    North Carolina No. There is no requirement that all parents and prospective students must be notified, although programs must "develop methods for early identification of potential participating students in the middle grades and through high school." Programs must, as part of their proposal, develop a plan for student selection and recruitment; the North Carolina New Schools Project stresses the importance of recruitment in gaining the participation of first-generation college-goers and free- and reduced-lunch students.
    Pennsylvania No, although the department of education must publish promotional materials on its Web site that schools may use to inform students and parents "about the requirements, features and opportunities of concurrent enrollment programs," including early college and middle college programs. These promotional materials must also be made available, on request, to any charter school, nonpublic or private school, or home education program.
    Tennessee No. There is no requirement that all parents and prospective students must be notified, although programs must "develop methods for early identification of potential participating students in the middle grades and through high school." Programs must, as part of their proposal, develop a plan for student selection.
    Texas Yes. Districts must annually notify all parents of students in grades 9-12 of the availability of programs in the district through which students may earn college credit.


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