How does the Early College Program Work?
Every freshman entering H.M. King High School in the fall of 2014 will develop an academic plan that will include the options to take classes that offer the opportunity to earn college credit. Each student will meet with their counselor to develop their individual plan and course of study.
All incoming freshmen will participate in a “Summer Bridge” program in the summer prior to their 9th grade enrollment. KISD along with our college partners will provide summer instruction to prepare students for the TSI state assessment measuring college-readiness indicators for college credit bearing classes.
Students who do not meet college readiness indicator will be provided support in order to prepare them for the rigor of college classes. This will provide them with the skills they will need for success beyond high school in their career paths of their choice.
Where will students be taking early college courses?
Students will take early college courses at H.M. King during the school day from credentialed KISD teachers who will partner with Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Coastal Bend College as well as teaching staff from both institutions. There will be opportunities at times to take college classes at both campuses.
Which courses will students be taking?
The syllabus for college classes will be a collaborative effort of H.M. King, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Coastal Bend College staff.
The jointly developed syllabi will help to increase the quality of instruction and rigor for college work.
How will student schedules be organized?
It will be high school counselors working with individual students and parents to develop and individualize personal graduation plan (PGP) as well as a four-year course of study plan which will serve as a guide in developing a class schedule to meet graduation requirements, endorsements, and college credit.
How do students earn their early college credits?
Courses earning college credit identified by KISD, TAMUK and CBC have been chosen to allow students to meet the general education requirements (core course work) of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
To earn college credit, students must earn at least a “C” average on the TAMUK and CBC grading scale.
The college credits earned in the general education requirements transfer to public universities in the state of Texas.
What is the cost for students to be a part of the Early College Program?
Through our designation as an Early College High School, KISD students pay no tuition for college credits or courses. Students will also have access to TAMUK and CBC student services and resources.