Early College Initiative (ECI) enables students to graduate from high school with up to two years of college credit – at no cost to students and their families. Our schools are created and sustained through a deep and meaningful relationship with a City University of New York College (CUNY) institution and provide academic and social supports to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college courses while they are in high school.
These early college secondary schools offer integrated academic experiences and supports beginning in middle school that allow students to begin taking college courses as early as the 9th grade. Students may earn up to 60 college credits and/or an associate’s degree in liberal arts.
These early college high schools provide accelerated academic programs, including four years of rigorous math and science coursework. Students receive a substantial head start when applying to college by spending their last years of high school on the partner college campus.
These Middle College National Consortium high schools located on the campus of LaGuardia Community College use portfolio-based assessments and have a five year early college program where students can earn an associate degree.
The 9-14 Early College & Career Schools, also known as NYC P-Tech schools, offer a carefully integrated S.T.E.M. curriculum over the course of six years. Each school is part of a partnership with the Early College Initiative, the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), a founding employer partner, and an undergraduate CUNY college that offers an associate degree.
To learn more about the “NYC PTECH Schools” within the ECI network, visit nycptechschools.org/site/.
ECI schools are located near their partner college campus, and students in the upper grades travel regularly between high school and college settings. By making campus life and college-level work a part of every student’s high school experience, early college high schools eliminate financial, academic, and psychological hurdles that prevent too many students from entering and succeeding in college.