The first class of Early College High School students at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama, is being inducted in special ceremonies at Lawson State Community College today. We’ve been working with the school in the creation of two Early College High School Academies and are so excited to see the work of school leaders and staff, community partners and our coaches result in new opportunities for students!

Fifty students in the pilot Early College High School at Woodlawn High School and their parents will be honored at a reception and dinner hosted by Lawson State and the Woodlawn Innovation Network. Students will also have a chance to hear from Early College High School graduates. Jada E. McElroy and Kelsey V. McElroy, both graduates of Canton Early College High School (CECHS) in Canton, Ohio, will be keynote speakers for the event. EDWorks helped in the founding of CECHS.

Jada and Kelsey hope to motivate the Woodlawn inductees with their own very real stories of Early College challenge and success. Their message – Early College is not easy, but Early College very literally changed our lives. It can be a game-changer for you, too. EDWorks coach and former Early College High School Principal Ros Valentine has been leading some of the Early College implementation work in Birmingham and helped connect the Alabama and Ohio students.

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It is our favorite time of the year! Students at current and former EDWorks partner schools across the country have been donning graduation robes over the last several weeks. They have completed four years of high school, and some of them have gotten a head start on college and earned up to 60 college credit hours! It is a wonderful accomplishment for students, families and staff, and we expect great things from these students.

Of note this year, Toledo Early College High School is celebrating their 10th anniversary with this graduating class. Six students from Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) are graduating with their high school degree and an associate degree two years ahead of the school’s six-year academic plan!

Congratulations to the graduates of:

  • Academy of Medical Professions Early College High School in Yonkers, New York
  • Africentric Early College High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Akron Early College High School in Akron, Ohio
  • Albany Smart Scholars Early College High School in Albany, New York
  • (Smart Scholars at)Amsterdam High School in Amsterdam, New York
  • Arthur Hill High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • (Smart Scholars at)Bard High School Early College in Manhattan, New York
  • (Smart Scholars at) Bard High School Early College in Queens, New York
  • BELL Academy, Encore Academy, eSTEM Academy and HS2 Academy at Reynoldsburg High School in Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  • Boys and Girls High School Smart Scholars Early College Program in Brooklyn, New York
  • Canton Early College High School in Canton, Ohio
  • Central High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture & Tech in Brooklyn, New York
  • Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School in Ballston Spa, New York
  • Dayton Early College Academy in Dayton, Ohio
  • Delta High School in Richland, Washington
  • Design Lab Early College High School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Early College at Freeport High School in Freeport, New York
  • Early College High School at the Institute of Technology @ Syracuse Central High School in Syracuse, New York
  • Early College Studies @ Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, New York
  • Farmingdale State College Smart Scholars Partnership with NYC DOE, Wyandanch, Hempstead in Long Island, New York
  • Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Henry Ford High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Lorain County Early College High School in Lorain, Ohio
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Metro Early College High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Middle Early College High School in Buffalo, New York
  • New Hope Christian Academy in Columbus, Ohio
  • Niagara Falls Early College High School in Niagara Falls, New York
  • Old Westbury/ Roosevelt Smart Scholars Program in Roosevelt, New York
  • Pathways College Prep High School Smart Scholars Program in Queens, New York
  • Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in New York, New York
  • Pontiac High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Rochester Early College International High School in Rochester, New York
  • Saginaw High School in Saginaw, Michigan
  • Schenectady Smart Scholars Early College High School in Schenectady, New York
  • Schoharie Valley Smart Scholars Early College High School in Cobleskill, New York
  • Smart Scholars Early College High School Program at William H. Nottingham High School in Syracuse, New York
  • Smart Science Scholars Program (S3) / Medgar Evers College Prep School in Brooklyn, New York
  • Thurgood Marshall High School in Dayton, Ohio
  • Toledo Early College High School in Toledo, Ohio
  • Western International in Detroit, Michigan
  • Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Youngstown Early College in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Ypsilanti High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan

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Graduation Rates on the Rise in Alabama

June 11, 2015
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Great work is happening in Alabama to ensure students get the opportunities they deserve and that more students are graduating from high school. According to data released by the U.S. Department of Education, Alabama has experienced one of the nation’s steepest increases in high school graduation rates, though the 8 point rise between 2010 and […]

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Best In Class

June 5, 2015
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In the Spring of each year, I get the opportunity to see the impact of my work. Success walks across the stage at each graduation ceremony for an EDWorks partner school! Last week, 429 seniors graduated from Reynoldsburg High School. This marks a significant accomplishment for the students – the culmination of four years of […]

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Minds on Fire: Be the Spark!

June 4, 2015
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More than 115 teachers in the Woodlawn Innovation Network are spending their first week of summer vacation preparing for the 2015-16 school year. The theme for the Second Annual Teachers’ Summer Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, is Minds on Fire: Be the Spark! Robin Kanaan, National Director of Teaching and Learning for EDWorks, and the Technical […]

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Whatever It Takes: Supports and Interventions for Success in Early College High School

May 19, 2015
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Launched in August 2007 after months of sustained conversations between key partners, Akron’s Early College started with 100 9th graders from Akron Public Schools. “From the outset, we agreed that grades would not be an impediment for entry,” said Kelly Herold, Assistant to the Dean in the College of Applied Science and Technology at the […]

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