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Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning

Early College in Indiana

Higher Aspirations for Higher Learning

Across Indiana higher learning is lacking. For every 100 ninth-grade students, only 70 will graduate from high school within four years. Of those students, only 45 will enter college the following fall. By their college sophomore year, just 32 will still be enrolled. By the end of college, only 16 of those original 100 students will graduate on time. Numbers like these are contributing to Indiana’s ranking as 43rd in the nation for its percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher. To survive and thrive in the 21st century, all students must graduate high school and move on to college. With the U.S. Department of Labor estimating that 90 percent of new jobs will require at least some postsecondary education, it’s no exaggeration to say that students’ lives depend on it.

Early College in Indiana puts the pathways in place so that all students make higher education both a goal and a reality. Designed specifically for those students who often don’t know their full potential, Early College High School breaks down the barriers that prevent students from attending college and replaces them with bridges to postsecondary success. Students from across Indiana who have traditionally fallen through the cracks are now opening the door to new opportunities.

Indiana’s Early College High Schools

Defying the Odds, Redefining the Expectations

Leaders across Indiana have realized that even one student not graduating from high school is too many. In today’s competitive world, a high school diploma only serves as a stepping stone in a student’s educational journey. Economic prosperity and lifelong success in the 21st century require higher learning for all students. That is why schools across the state are implementing the Early College High School model. Early College ensures that no students are left behind and that every student has the opportunity to realize their full academic potential. Indiana’s Early College High Schools are bridging the gap between secondary and postsecondary education so that college becomes a reality for every Hoosier student.

These schools have successfully completed CELL’s Early College Endorsement process.

Bellmont Early College High School
North Adams Community Schools
Decatur, Indiana
Established 2011
Partnering with Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Ivy Tech Community College

Ben Davis University High School
M.S.D. of Wayne Township
Indianapolis, Indiana
Established 2007
Partnering with Vincennes University

Center Grove High School
Center Grove Community Schools
Greenwood, Indiana
Established 2012
Partnering with Vincennes University

Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School
Charter School
Indianapolis, Indiana
Established 2004
Partnering with Anderson University

Connersville High School
Fayette County School Corporation
Connersville, Indiana
Established 2012
Partnering with Ivy Tech and IU-Bloomington

East Chicago High School
School City of East Chicago
East Chicago, Indiana
Established 2012
Partnering with IU-Northwest, Purdue-North Central, Purdue-Calumet, and Calumet College

Lawrenceburg High School
Lawrenceburg Community School Corporation
Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Established 2012
Partnering with Vincennes University

Early College High School Development in Indiana

As of February 2014

Pathway to Endorsement

Success from the Start

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.

If you are a member of the Early College High School Network, click here to learn more about the endorsement process.