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					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-
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
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

                                                                                           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.