The EDGE: Earn a Degree, Graduate Early program, previous called Early College High School, will begin with a college preparatory curriculum in the ninth grade; beginning in 10th Grade, college courses will be gradually added to the student's schedule.
College courses will be introduced on a graduated basis:
Camp College/summer program: EDGE students will be expected to attend a summer “bridge experience” to orient them to college-level expectations, study, research, and time management skills, and to build relationships with fellow students. High school credit may be earned for the bridge experiences.
Tulsa Community College instructors will teach the courses, which will begin in the students’ sophomore year.
Students will be able to take up to 19 combined college credit hours and high school classes per semester, exempting six hours cocurricular club or organization hours.
EDGE classes will be held primarily at the Union Collegiate Academy (UCA), although labs and summer classes may be held at the TCC Southeast Campus. College classes will take place on a Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday schedule, with science labs and study classes on Fridays.
Grade alerts for EDGE students in college courses will be generated every two weeks.
Study sessions and tutoring will be required.
Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain enrolled in college classes.
Replacements into high school courses will be possible – and may be necessary – to ensure students do not lose credits toward high school graduation.
TCC advisors will conduct individual or group college advisement conferences, including degree audits, two times per year with all ECHS students. EDGE counselors will track credit requirements for the high school diploma.
EDGE students will have access to the TCC Writing Lab, Math Lab, Library, and other college facilities and services available to other TCC students.
During the regular academic year, transportation to TCC Southeast Campus during the school day will be provided by the district. Students may be responsible for their own transportation during the summer or evening classes at TCC.