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College credits

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Office for Education Policy

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Volume 11 Issue 05


In the past decade, there has been a growing trend of offering opportunities to high school students to earn college credit. These opportunities have come in many forms: Advanced Placement (AP) courses, International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, dual enrollment, and concurrent enrollment. Early college high schools have developed in the wake of this trend. This policy brief examines Early College High Schools, small schools designed to enable students to earn both a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree or up to two years of college credit, tuition free.