Fostering Postsecondary Transitions
You're working hard to make sure your students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need. But in today's economic climate, you need to set them on course for the next step as well. That step is increasingly college, but could also be a training program, apprenticeship, or well-paying job. There are a number of proven methods for helping students with postsecondary transitions.
College Coursework in High School
Students can complete college-level course work while still in high school. Not only does it give them a head-start in college, but it also shows them they can do advanced level work.
Aimed at highly motivated students, the AP program provides support for setting up college-level courses in high school. Students get advanced skills, and may also get college credit.
International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
A program of challenging curriculum with a bent toward international standards and multicultural understanding.
Middle College High School
College National Consortium
Program that focuses on struggling students and places them in a challenging, structured program located on the campus of a community college. Students graduate in five years with both a high school diploma and a 2-year Associate's Degree in the liberal arts or a technical field.
Early College High School
Program that consolidates high school coursework and two years of college-level courses in a small, focused learning community. Students earn a high school degree and an Associate's Degree (or two years credit toward a baccalaureate degree) in four years.
Career Development in High School
Schools can also foster the transition by structuring academic
content around career themes, keeping students motivated by
focusing on what comes after high school.
Career Academy Support Network
Career Academies focus a rigorous program of study around an
occupational theme. Students complete requirements for college
while seeing how their studies relate to life after high school.
Career Academies also feature strong partnerships with business
groups and postsecondary institutions, so students have clear
pathways to follow after graduation.
High Schools That Work
HSTW features rigorous academic curriculum combined with high-level vocational/technical instruction ("using high-level mathematics, science, language arts and problem-solving skills") and work-based learning. Students are expected to achieve, and they receive the help and guidance they need to do so.
ProTech (Boston Private Industry Council)
Protech is a structured program for high school students featuring rigorous academic and career classes, paid internships in expanding industries (e.g., medical fields) and links to postsecondary education leading to a professional credential.