Meeting being planned to give C-A students jump-start on college

FLINT TWP. — “Graduate in 3 or have us help pay for your degree” is the tantalizing tease of a draft brochure for Carman-Ainsworth High School touting an accelerated graduation program beginning in the fall.

The brochure will be sent to 42 parents whose children already have met the requirement of earning two high school credits while still in middle school, according to a report from assistant superintendent Steve Tunnicliff, who gave school board members a copy of the draft brochure at its meeting last week.

Tunnicliff said the district is planning to host an informational meeting for parents after spring break which is March 31 through April 9.

Through a competitive application process, the accelerated program will provide selected students with the means to complete Michigan and C-A graduation requirements in three years instead of four. Or the students can opt to continue a fourth year of high school by taking Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment courses to earn college credits. C-A will pay a “significant portion,” of dual enrollment costs, according to the brochure.

The brochure also outlines a basic course of study for 9th, 10th and 11th grades that includes attending summer school

Ninth-graders take English, Geometry, U.S. History, Biology, World Language and one elective. Tenthgraders take English, Algebra, Civics/Economics, Accelerated Chemistry and two electives and 11thgraders take English, trigonometry/prob-statistics; AP World History, AP Chemistry and two electives.

Prerequisites for the program include that students must earn at least two high school credits prior to ninth grade and will be encouraged to test out of health and computer essentials in order to enter high school with at least three credits.

They must also agree to enroll in two summer courses to earn an additional credit for each of the first three years of high school.

A minimum of three AP courses also are required and the student must actively participate in at least one academic group such as Robotics, Model United Nations, Science Olympiad, HOSA (health occupations) or Broadcasting.

“This opportunity will provide likeminded students with the opportunity to excel with their peers and to engage in learning throughout the calendar year, both in the traditional classroom setting as well as through academic organizations,” the brochure states.

Interested parents and students will be encouraged to attend the informational meeting when the date is set.

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