Smart Scholars Early College High School (ECHS) Program

Empowering High School Students with College Courses


     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 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.


     The first cohort of eleven (11) Smart Scholars ECHS school/college partnerships was initiated in December 2009 with private funding.  In December 2010, NYSED released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to create a second cohort of ECHS partnerships in 2011 with State funding.  Twelve (12) new Smart Scholars ECHS partnerships resulted from the second round of funding.  In addition, four (4) partnerships from the first cohort received funding to expand their projects.  The second cohort of Smart Scholars ECHS programs began their planning phase in May 2011 and opened in September 2011.

Contact Us

Evelyn Maclutsky, Smart Scholars Project Coordinator
Office: 518- 486-5202

Last Updated: March 5, 2014