Early and Middle College International Baccalaureate High Schools (IB) Diploma Program Earning College Credit Middle College High Schools The International Baccalaureate (IB) in High School are designed to meet the needs diploma program is offered to of students who may do better students aged 16 to 19 who attend in a non-traditional high school an IB-designated school. IB programs setting or are interested in being offer students a demanding two-year challenged. These programs curriculum measured by international provide students with both a assessments and widely accepted high school diploma and up as college credit by colleges and to 60 college credits, which universities. are transferable to most state • Qualifications: All students in colleges and universities. an IB school qualify. Middle College High School • Course Costs: While course programs may be career focused costs are generally covered by and usually are located on a col- the school district, the costs lege campus. These programs are associated with required created through a community assessments may or may not be collaboration between a interme- covered. diate or local school district and a community college. • Course Location: High School. Enrollment in these schools can For a list of IB schools in Michigan, begin as early as ninth grade with visit http://www.ibo.org. college classes beginning as early as tenth grade. Early/Middle Col- lege High Schools have several locations in Michigan. For a list of Early/Middle College High Schools in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/highschool. www.michigan.gov/mde www.michigan.gov/mde THESE ARE YOUR options Advanced Placement (AP) The choices you make right now Yes! All students are eligible for all Advanced Placement (AP) courses • Qualifications: To be eligible will have a dramatic impact on your early college credit opportunities. provide students with the oppor- to take a dual enrollment course, future. However, some courses may have tunity to take college level courses you must have a qualifying score As a Michigan student, you may prerequisites. Because early college right at high school that are taught on the ACT Plan, PSAT or have an opportunity to experience credit opportunities differ from by high school teachers. Michigan Merit Exam. college while you’re in high school. district to district, check with your The course offerings and require- • Credit: Courses can count for In fact, by choosing this option you high school guidance counselor ments for these programs may differ high school credit, college credit , could earn high school credit, col- to see which options your school from district to district, so check or both–it’s up to you. lege credit, or both. offers. with your counselor. • Course Costs: Most or all costs Career Technical Education (CTE) • Qualifications: Schools may are covered by district. Career Technical Education programs require you to complete a lower • Course Location: College provide students with a great way level course in the same subject. campus or online. Finding out about early college credit opportunities is not rocket to explore a variety of careers and • Credit: Courses can count as • Transportation: Provided by science. But taking college courses potentially earn college credit while in high school credit and college student. and earning REAL college credits high school. Students usually begin a credit. To earn college credit in in high school is pure genius. two-year program in their junior year, an AP course, you will need to Direct College Credit however the length of the program earn a minimum score of 3 Compute this—students who take Direct College Credit courses pro- can vary. Most CTE students split their (out of 5) on an AP college college level courses while in high vide students with the opportunity time between high school and either a credit test. school rarely drop out of school; to take college level courses at high career in a technical education center require fewer remedial and entry • Course Costs: Costs for these school and are generally taught by or a community college. level college courses; have a greater programs may differ from district college faculty. chance of graduating; and could Because these programs are aligned to to district. AP tuition costs are both high school and college courses, • Qualifications: Most high schools earn over $1 million more in their generally covered by districts. CTE offers students a seamless transi- may require you to apply for, and lifetime! However, if you wish to take the tion between high school, career tech- test into, college level courses. test for college credit there usually nical education programs, and college. is a cost, except for students who • Credit: Courses can count for • Qualifications: All students are qualify for free and reduced lunch. high school credit and college eligible to apply. credit. Regardless of where you are in • Course Location: High School. high school, these classes could • Credit: Courses can count for • Course Costs: Direct College be right for you. They are for all high school credit, college credit, Dual Enrollment Courses Credit courses are really college or both, depending on the program. This option allows juniors and seniors courses offered at the high students who want to move their • Course Costs: Most or all costs school. Therefore, you probably future into the fast lane towards a in high school to take classes in high are covered by district. will need to pay either a full or lifetime of success. In fact, just as school and one or more college level reduced credit fee. world class athletes continue to • Course Location: Split time classes at a college campus or online. break records, studies show that between high school, career center, These are generally courses not offered • Course Location: High School. the more you’re challenged the or community college. at your high school or that can not fit more you learn and the farther • Transportation: May be provided into your schedule. you go. by the district.