Early College High Schools are small schools, usually located on a community college campus. The four-year program is designed to enable students to earn both a high school diploma and an associate's degree, or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor's degree.
Nationwide, there are more than 200 early colleges, but the Golden Triangle Early College High School (ECHS) will be the first early college model of its kind in Mississippi.
The Golden Triangle ECHS is a partnership among East Mississippi Community College, the Mississippi Department of Education, and Mississippi State University. It opened its doors on EMCC's Golden Triangle campus in August 2015.
A group of 61 freshmen was admitted for the 2015-16 school year, and a new group of 60 freshmen will be admitted for the 2016-17 school year.
The aim of the early college model is to graduate students who earn a high school diploma as well as two years of transferable college credit or an associate’s degree, all at no cost to their families.
All 8th grade students currently living in Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee and Oktibbeha counties are eligible to apply.
Applications will be available from all eighth-grade guidance counselors, during ECHS informational meetings in the community and on the EMCC website.
Applications for the 2016-17 school year are due to eighth-grade counselors on Feb. 19.
Interested families can learn more about Golden Triangle Early College High School at one of these upcoming informational meetings:
Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m.
Noxubee Civic Center
16291 Highway 45, Macon
Jan. 12, 6 p.m.
New Hope Middle School
462 Center Road, Columbus
Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.
Fifth Street Junior High School
620 Fifth St., West Point
Jan. 21, 6 p.m.
Caledonia Middle School
9050 Kraft Ave SE, Caledonia
Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m.
West Lowndes Middle School
1380 Motley Road, Columbus
More: Golden Triangle ECHS application, 2016-17
Golden Triangle Early College High School is a partnership among Mississippi State University, East Mississippi Community College and the Mississippi Department of Education. For more information, contact:
Myra Pannell of MSU's Research
and Curriculum Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (662) 325-3305
Jill Savely, ECHS Principal
or (662) 243-1771
Dr. Paul Miller, Vice President
EMCC Golden Triangle campus
or (662) 243-1902