Mounds View Public Schools is the first school district in the state to offer comprehensive early college high school programs allowing students the opportunity to earn a two-year associate degree for free -- all while still enrolled in high school.
- Although many high schools around the nation offer concurrent college enrollment programs -- including Irondale High School and Mounds View High School -- those programs traditionally serve most effectively the highest-achieving students in the top third of their class. And through those programs, earning an associate degree by high school graduation isn't a given.
- Mounds View Public Schools' new Early College program targets Irondale and Mounds View students who are in the middle of their class (30th to 70th percentile). These students at times have not received the preparation necessary to succeed in post-secondary programs, and they often may be the first in their family to attend college.
- At the same time, the Early College program adds the courses necessary for students in Advanced Placement and College in the Schools programs to earn an associate degree
Through an agreement with Anoka-Ramsey Community College, students take Early College courses at Irondale or Mounds View during the regular school day from credentialed District teachers who have partnered with an Anoka-Ramsey Community College faculty mentor. There are occasional opportunities for students to visit the Anoka-Ramsey Community College campus to participate in Early College campus activities.
With the Early College program, post-secondary success is becoming the rule for all students and the opportunity to earn an associate degree is now a reality for many more students than before.
How is Early College different from other college credit programs?