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Smart Scholars ECHS

     Through the Smart Scholars Early College High School Program, institutions of higher education (IHEs) partner with public school districts to create early college high schools that provide students with the opportunity and preparation to accelerate the completion of their high school studies while earning a minimum of twenty-four but up to sixty transferable college credits at the same time. 

     This program is targeted to students who are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education.  Students receive additional academic support from the school/college partnerships to ensure they are at grade level and ready to participate in rigorous high school and collegiate courses.  This “dual or concurrent enrollment” program serves to increase high school graduation and college completion rates, while reducing student tuition costs as a result of the compressed time needed to complete a college degree.





Smart Transfer ECHS

       The New York State Education Department (NYSED) seeks to extend the work of the Smart Scholars ECHS Program through the creation of the Smart Transfer ECHS (ST-ECHS) Program. The Smart Transfer ECHS Program will provide students the opportunity and support to complete sixty transferable college credits or an associate degree by the time they graduate from high school, and the opportunity to transfer to a partner four-year IHE where they will continue to receive academic and social support to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of matriculating at the IHE. This is a degree completion program.  Further information is provided in the RFP for the Smart Transfer ECHS program pdf.



Last Updated: November 17, 2017