Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Early College program designed to do?
The program prepares high school students for college and careers, through personal attention in a "school within a school" environment. Classes are offered that result in both high school and college credits.
Who is eligible?
Up to 125 students each year can be part of the Early College High School. The first group accepted were freshmen in August 2014. Early College is ideal for students in the "academic middle," students who may be the first in their families to attend college, and those who are looking for a way to pay for some or all of their college education.
What if my child is entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade -- can he/she still be in the program?
All students at Michigan City High School can take dual-credit classes, however they will not be part of the full Early College program. (Many of our recent graduates have earned up to a year or more of college credit, saving thousands in tuition!)
Where is Michigan City High School Early College located?
Classes are held at Michigan City High School (8466 W. Pahs Road, Michigan City). Some career/technical electives classes may be held at the A. K. Smith Career Center.
Do I have to live within the boundary for the Michigan City Area Schools for my child to attend?
No. The program is open to any student living in the MCAS district, or to those outside the boundary. Students who attended private or charter schools those who have been homeschooled are also welcome to apply.
How much does it cost?
Early College is FREE for any student receiving free/reduced price meal and textbook assistance. All others pay only for dual credits -- many courses are free, others cost just $25 per credit. Through dual credits, Early College can save families thousands in college tuition costs!
What are the academic requirements?
Early College students will take all required courses for an Indiana Core 40 high school diploma. They must also take three (or four) years of a foreign language. Dual-credit electives and classes emphasizing study skills, technology, and college & career exploration are also required. Students must maintain a G. P. A. of 2.0 or above to remain in the program.
How do I apply?
See your middle school guidance counselor for an application! You can also download and print the application (choose the menu option "Apply for Early College" at left).
Is there any work required outside of school hours?
Classes take place at MCHS during regular school hours. Early College students also will be required to take P.E. and Health/Wellness during summer school.
Can my child participate in extracurricular activities?
Yes! We encourage participation in athletics and extra-curricular activities offered by Michigan City High School.
Will these be actual college-level classes?
Yes. Classes are taught by highly qualified MCHS teachers who have developed course work in conjunction with Purdue University Northwest and Ivy Tech.
Is there homework help or tutoring available?
Early College students may participate in after-school tutoring through the Club Inspire program. Other opportunities for extra help and remediation are also provided, including a mandatory study skills class for freshmen and sophomores.
Will my child keep his/her credits earned?
Yes. All dual credits earned are part of a student's permanent college transcript.
My child is an honor student. Is this program right for him/her?
MCHS offers an Honors College program for high-ability students. The Honors College offers honors classes, dual-credit courses, and Advanced Placement credits/classes, and students typically strive to earn an Academic or Technical Honors Diploma. Ask your counselor for more information!
How can I help my child succeed in Early College?
Continue to support and encourage your child, and talk to him/her about his college and career plans. The Parent Access
system allows you to check grades, assignments, homework, and attendance to help ensure your student is on track. Please see a counselor if you need a Parent Access code!
Are there other successful Early College programs in the United States?
Yes! More than 230 early college programs exist in communities across the U.S. More information about this successful, research-based model for education is available at these links: