Tulsa Public Schools is encouraging all 8th-grade students in the district to apply for the district’s early college high school program.
The program gives students the chance to earn college credits while in high school.
It’s called the "Earn a Degree, Graduate Early" or EDGE program where students graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate degree for free.
All 8th graders in the district are eligible to apply for the program. It allows students to complete an associate degree while attending high school at McLain or Memorial High School.
In the 9th grade, students will take an "Intro to College" course. In the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, students will take concurrent enrollment courses in general studies.
TPS said the program, in partnership with Tulsa Community College, provides high school students with the support they need to succeed in college with extra tutoring, monthly events with classmates, study sessions, and even access to college facilities.
Krystal Hutchinson the Director of Post-Secondary Readiness at TPS said she wants students to start thinking about their future earlier because the things students do in high school can set them up for success.
“We know that the jobs that are available in Tulsa and broader Oklahoma, and the United States, they are requiring more education outside of just a high school diploma. So, we know that this is really going to get students that leg up or an edge up on the competition,” said Hutchinson.
Applications for the program are due Sunday, February 13th.
TPS is hosting a virtual information session on Tuesday evening from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. to explain more about the program and the application process.
Families can join the Zoom by Clicking Here.