The Indiana Department of Education is launching a partnership that aims to increase access to postsecondary courses through the Early College High School Program. The IDOE says the Urban College Acceleration Network connects established urban Early College High Schools with urban schools seeking to earn the distinction.
The Early College High School program, which is led by the University of Indianapolis’ Center of Excellence in Leadership and Learning, offers dual credit opportunities that help students earn postsecondary credits alongside their high school diploma.
“We know that achievement gaps persist in reading, math, and educational attainment among Indiana’s racially and ethnically diverse, low-income, special education and English language learner students – gaps that were exacerbated by the pandemic,” said Indiana Secretary of Education Dr. Katie Jenner. “I’m thrilled that through the UCAN partnership, many of our urban schools will come together to leverage their collective knowledge and experience to help close these gaps and expand pathway opportunities for every student to succeed.”
Through the program, the IDOE says partner schools will also have free access to coaching and support for Early College coursework, as well as professional development opportunities for educators.
The UCAN mentor schools include:
- Ben Davis University High School, Marion County
- Hobart High School, Lake County
- Muncie Central High School, Delaware County
- Penn High School, St. Joseph County
The UCAN partner schools include:
- Anderson High School, Madison County
- Arsenal Tech High School, Marion County
- Concord High School, Elkhart County
- Crispus Attucks High School, Marion County
- Goshen High School, Elkhart County
- Hammond Central High School, Lake County
- Herron High School and Riverside High School, Marion County
- Irvington Preparatory Academy, Marion County
- Morton High School, Lake County
- Terre Haute North Vigo High School, Vigo County
- Terre Haute South Vigo High School, Vigo County
- West Side Leadership Academy, Lake County
The department says the program is being funded by $4.1 million through the third round of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.