Early College FAQ

  1. What is a dual college credit?  A dual college credit is a high school course that has been accredited by a higher education institution and therefore counts as both a high school and a college credit.

  2. What does Early College mean?  Early College is a term used to describe programs developed within high schools that promote students towards dual college credit opportunities in a variety of paths.

  3. What does Core 30 mean? The Core 30 is an agreed upon block of dual credits that according to state law must be accepted at all state funded universities.  Some private universities also accept the Core 30.

  4. Why do we have a cohort?  CELL, our endorsing body, asks us to track students into cohorts for data collection purposes.  Even students outside of the 2020 cohort can take Early College classes.

  5. What if my son/daughter isn’t selected for the program? Students who aren’t selected due to not meeting the criteria can re-apply at the end of their 9th grade year if they meet all the criteria at that point.

  6. What if my son/daughter still isn’t selected after their 9th grade year?

All students will still have access to the various pathway and dual college credit

courses available. We will simply be tracking those in the cohort.

  1. How much does it cost?

Currently, there is no additional cost for students to take college credit classes.

  1. Where will the college credits transfer once they are earned?

The state of Indiana has developed the Core Transfer Library (CTL) to assist you in seeing how credits transfer between institutions. In general, all Core 30 credits will transfer to all public Indiana institutions. More information about the CTL can be found at www.transferin.net.

  1. Does my son/daughter have to be an advanced student to participate?

No. In fact, the Early College program is designed to target middle achieving (2.3 GPA) students. While all have access to many Early College classes, students selected for our cohort will be given the supports necessary to complete the college level coursework.