Early College Program

HOW TO START COLLEGE AND/OR EARN AN ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE IN HIGH SCHOOL

The Francis Howell School District is proud to partner with Saint Charles Community College (SCC) to offer the Early College Program to students at all FHSD high schools. The Early College Program offers high school students an opportunity to earn transferable college credits while still enrolled in high school. The program allows students to take classes on campus at SCC. Beginning in a student’s junior year, students may enroll in Lanes 1 and 2 of the Early College Program and replace part or all of their traditional high school course schedule. Students in grades 9-12 may enroll in Lane 3, which will allow them to take 1-3 classes at a time. All three lanes are described below. While enrolled in the Early College Program, students will take college coursework with textbooks and curriculum taught by SCC professors. Students can earn enough credits to complete part or all of an Associate’s Degree while concurrently earning a high school diploma. The Early College Program will consist of 3 “Lanes” of course offerings at SCC.

Lane 1 (42+ Transferrable Credit Hours) – Open to Juniors and Seniors

Students in Lane 2 will have an opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree from Saint Charles Community College and will be able to transfer to any Missouri public university having completed all lower-division general education requirements. Most private institutions in Missouri and many in neighboring states also accept these credit hours, but students and families will need to confirm this with their destination school. Students shall receive full credit, including any prerequisites or requirements in their major, for all Missouri Transfer (MOTR) courses transferred to Missouri state institutions. The receiving institution cannot require the student to take additional lower-division general education courses. A student may, however, have to take additional lower-division courses to fulfill major, minor, program, or other requirements at the receiving institution. Only students entering their junior year may enter Lane 2.

Lane 2 (Associate’s Degree) – Open to Juniors

Students in Lane 2 will have an opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree from Saint Charles Community College and will be able to transfer to any Missouri public university having completed all lower-division general education requirements. Most private institutions in Missouri and many in neighboring states also accept these credit hours, but students and families will need to confirm this with their destination school. Students shall receive full credit, including any prerequisites or requirements in their major, for all Missouri Transfer (MOTR) courses transferred to Missouri state institutions. The receiving institution cannot require the student to take additional lower-division general education courses. A student may, however, have to take additional lower-division courses to fulfill major, minor, program, or other requirements at the receiving institution. Only students entering their junior year may enter Lane 2.

Lane 3 (A La Carte Courses) – Open to all grades

Students in Lane 3 will take individual classes at Saint Charles Community College. For each MOTR course completed, the receiving Missouri public institution shall award full transfer credit, including any prerequisites or requirements for a major or minor. Most private institutions in Missouri and many in neighboring states also accept these credit hours, but students and families will need to confirm this with their destination school. Students may enter Lane 3 at any time in their high school career.

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