Creating a Seamless Transition From High School to College

The goal is for each EDWorks Fast Track student to earn up to 60 hours of college credit during their four-year high school career.

Fast Track early college high schools are changing what it means to be a college student. These schools support students least likely to attend college, simply because of their circumstances, and put them into an atmosphere with high levels of support and expectations.

Fast Track may be the answer to inspiring students to challenge themselves and go to college better prepared to earn a degree. Through Fast Track, students will have a four-year academic roadmap that accelerates them through a rigorous high school course of study and up to 60 hours of college credit before graduation. Fast Track high schools offer personalized plans for each student, reaching underserved student populations including students from families without college experience, low-income, English language learners and students of color.

Leaders, teachers and administrators within EDWorks Fast Track high schools ensure students succeed in college by:

  • Using the “power of the place” (full integration with a two- or four-year institution) to motivate students to model successful college behavior and grasp higher expectations
  • Creating a seamless transition between high school and college
  • Motivating students to pursue higher education beyond high school by removing the mystery
  • Guiding and supporting students throughout their blended high school and college experiences
  • Creating innovative strategies to better serve the intellectual and developmental needs of underrepresented young people
  • Establishing a supportive and nurturing environment

Strong private-public partnerships that span pre-K through higher education are the bedrock of Fast Track high schools. EDWorks' Fast Track schools reflect one of two designs, a proficiency-based model or a dual credit model which include:

  • Satisfying high school course requirements through dual credit or mastery
  • Completing the college core and elective courses to earn 60 hours of college credit (or an Associate’s degree)
  • College and career exploration
  • Internships and externships
  • Service learning and community involvement
  • Personal responsibility and growth

The goal is for each EDWorks Fast Track student to earn a minimum of 60 hours of college credit during their four-year high school career.

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