CELL at UIndy

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning

Pathway to Endorsement

For students to attend college, clear pathways must be in place to help them in their educational journey. The same is true for the high schools working to graduate their students on to higher learning. Planning and preparation are paramount for Early College High School success and sustainability. That’s why CELL developed an endorsement process to facilitate implementation and acknowledge schools who meet all Early College High School benchmarks. Endorsed Early College High Schools exemplify the commitment, collaborations and connections necessary to equip students with the attitude and aptitude for college success.

Endorsement Process

Each fall, CELL accepts applications from schools seeking endorsement as high-quality implementers of the Early College High School model. Endorsement is for schools that have been implementing the model for two to three years and signifies that CELL’s Eight Early College Core Principles have been met at a high level (i.e., school scores fours or fives in each category of CELL’s Early College rubric).

In 2013, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education certified CELL as the only entity in the state that can endorse official Early College High School implementations. Since 2003 when CELL began the Early College initiative in Indiana, only 15 schools have earned the distinction of being named fully Endorsed Early College High School sites: Bellmont High School, Ben Davis University High School, Center Grove High School,  Connersville High School, Delta High School, East Allen University, Elkhart Area Career Center, Elkhart Central High School, Elkhart Memorial High School, EVSC Early College High School, Franklin Community High School, Lawrenceburg High School, Perry Central Jr.-Sr. High School, Richmond High School and Wabash High School. Four additional schools are currently provisionally endorsed.

See this year’s endorsement timeframe and steps below:

Those who are interested in applying for or inquiring about endorsement should contact Emily Burke at burkee@uindy.edu or (317) 788-4923.

Early College Network members may access endorsement documents here.


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