Coronado High School installs secondary education program

Coronado High School (Submitted photo)

Coronado High School (Submitted photo)

Scottsdale Unified School District and Coronado High School have announced that beginning in August, Coronado High School will become an Early College High School.

Early College High Schools blend high school and college curricula into a simultaneous educational experience that gives students the chance to earn college credit while they finish high school.

coronado_logo_new_2015The Coronado Early College-Career High School Program will allow students to earn up to 12 college credits and to receive academic support along the way from teachers, according to a press release.

“Our work to make Coronado a culture where students are college-bound and career-prepared provides them with the key knowledge, skills and strategies to successfully navigate into their desired college and training programs,” stated Alyssa Tarkington, principal at Coronado, in the release. “This focus to ensure our students explore interests, set goals and access support will provide benefits well beyond high school and into their careers.”

The program will begin in the 2015-16 school year with new freshmen students, according to the release. There will be 120 ninth grade students enrolled in the “freshman transition” class that begins the Early College-Career Program. The new program is expected to boost graduation rates and encourage students to embrace post-secondary educational opportunities, according to the release.

No cost will be associated with the program until students begin dual enrollment coursework after the sophomore year. It is then that students will be dual enrolled at SUSD and the Maricopa Community College system, stated the release.

Many students will qualify for financial aid through the Maricopa Foundation Grant, according to the release.

Coronado will continue to provide its successful college programs already available to its students, including Hoop of Learning for Native American students and Achieving College Excellence that are made possible by a partnership between SUSD and Scottsdale Community College, stated the release.

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