AECHS ranks among the top ten high school in Ohio according to 2013-2014 report card

It’s a great thing when hard work and successes are recognized! In the 2013-2014 Ohio report cards, just released by the Ohio State Department of Education, Akron Early College High School, one of the original EDWorks early colleges, ranked in the top ten high schools for the state! Akron Early College is an EDWorks demonstration site, with visitors from across the country visiting the school to see an example of how early college high school is done right.

Here are some testimonials about Akron Early College High School:

“Attending an Early College High School saved me $40,000 dollars and two years of my time. I also had the perk of having wonderful support systems in place, which may not have been there if I didn’t go to Akron Early College High School.

Tori Ball, Class of 2012

“Honestly, without AECHS I would not be graduating from Spelman College early. I learned so many important study habits and lessons in AECHS that enabled me to easily transition into college and do well.”

Aries Brown, Class of 2011

“I am very proud to work with the Early College High School. Seeing students [like Kwame Boakye] succeed is beyond rewarding for me.”

Jennifer Austin, Academic Advisor for the Early College High School

Congratulations to our partners in Akron!


When touring Henry J. Oliver Elementary School in Birmingham, Alabama, yesterday, guests saw a school undergoing a dramatic transformation. People visiting Birmingham and Oliver Elementary included David J. Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, Brenda Girten-Mitchell, Director of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Eddie Martin, Under Secretary, Special Assistant, Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Forest T. Harper, Jr., President and CEO of INROADS and Keith Moore, President and CEO of opengovtv.

The broad approach that the Woodlawn Foundation is taking in Birmingham, working with housing, education innovation, wraparound services and economic development, is proving to be a model for the nation.

Henry J. Oliver Elementary School is part of a five-campus feeder pattern known as the Woodlawn Innovation Network (WIN), which is supported in part by the Woodlawn Foundation. The schools, Woodlawn High School, Hayes K-8 School, W.E. Putnam Middle School, Avondale Elementary School and Henry J. Oliver Elementary School, will be re-imagined around interest-based themes.

Outdoor learning at Oliver Elementary in Birmingham, Alabama.

Oliver Elementary Principal Selena Florence explains the outdoor learning opportunities available for students.

“By reorganizing traditional school structures into models of innovation and moving from traditional classrooms to spaces of student-centered, blended learning focused on the academic growth of every child as they are immersed in Inquiry and problem-solving is the goal,” said EDWorks National Director of Teaching and Learning Robin Kanaan.

Work with the school started last year and EDWorks Technical Assistance Coach Patti Gibson has been working closely with school staff. Constance Fields, a fifth grade teacher at Oliver Elementary, said of Gibson, “She encourages us to take risks inside the classroom. Being in the classroom for 25 years, it was not easy giving up the firm authoritative role. I always wanted the classroom to be extremely structured, but because of her sound advice, I learned to adapt and allow students to feel comfortable enough to move around from place to place, use computers, locate documents, and use whatever materials they need in an orderly fashion.”

Second grade teacher Tamika Smith participated in the design sessions, where district staff and community members partnered with EDWorks to plan for the future. “Our team has worked really hard this year to prepare our teachers and ourselves for next year,” Smith said.

When school started this year, many of those changes were already in place and teachers are excited for the effect it will on the community. “Our students need to know that they have a future,” Fields said. “Schools need to get them prepared. We have to make sure that kids from this community have the opportunity to become global competitors just like kids from surrounding communities. These students are our future.”

When people visit Oliver Elementary, they’re sure to see that the future of Birmingham is looking bright.


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Early College High School at Delaware State University Opening

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June 17, 2014
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Tori Ball graduated from Akron Early College High School in May of 2012. Three days later, she graduated with her associate degree in Criminal Justice Technology from the University of Akron. Because of her early college experience, Tori entered the University of Toledo with 68.5 college credit hours and was able to earn her Bachelor’s […]

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