Early College Participation
Working with their dean, Irondale and Mounds View students develop a four year academic plan that includes options for taking classes that allow them to earn college credits.
Majority in the middle
For students in the academic middle, the Early College program provides the necessary foundation and support to benefit from college credit-earning opportunities. Students who do not
meet college-readiness indicators from standardized assessments are identified for additional foundation classes and college seminar courses to help prepare them for the rigor of a college curriculum. This provides students with the skills they need for success beyond high school in whatever post-high school career path they choose, including two-year colleges, four-year colleges, and/or certificate programs, internships or military.
Students who currently benefit from Honors, Advanced, College in the Schools, Advanced Placement (AP) and other concurrent enrollment opportunities typically rank in the top third of their class. These students continue to have those rigorous opportunities and now have an additional option of choosing to take specific college credit-earning courses that meet requirements of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and/or an associate degree.