Beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, some public school students will participate in the Early College High School Program.
The program, in partnership with Nashville State Community College, allows students to graduate with a college associate degree in one of seven different industries, including information systems, business administration, general studies, mechanical engineering, health sciences, computer science and music/fine arts.
The district pays for tuition, course fees and textbooks for all students enrolled in the program.
Eighth grade students with a GPA of 85 or greater and “acceptable” test scores are eligible to apply.
MNPS plans to add a grade each year with the first graduating class in the 2021-2022 school year.
The degree will transfer to seven public and six private institutions in Tennessee, and some credits will transfer to colleges nationwide.