Early College Program

HOW TO START COLLEGE AND/OR EARN AN ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE IN HIGH SCHOOL

The Francis Howell School District is proud to partner with Saint Charles Community College (SCC) to offer the Early College Program to students at all FHSD high schools. The Early College Program offers high school students an opportunity to earn transferable college credits while still enrolled in high school. The program allows students to take classes on the campus of SCC. Beginning in a student’s junior year, students may replace part or all of their schedules with college classes. Students who enroll in the Early College Program may participate in one of three “lanes.”

Lane 1
Students in Lane 1 will complete 42+ credit hours that will be fully transferable to any Missouri public college or university. Most private institutions in Missouri and neighboring states also accept these credit hours, but students and families will need to confirm this with their destination school. Students who complete the “Core 42” will be considered as having completed all lower-division general education requirements at any Missouri public college or university. Students shall receive full credit, including any pre-requisites or requirements in the major, for all Missouri Transfer (MOTR) courses that transfer. The receiving Missouri public institution cannot require the student to take any additional lower-division general education courses. A student may, however, have to take additional lower-division courses to fulfill major, minor, program, or institutional requirements. Students and families will pay for tuition, books, and fees. It is strongly recommended that students enter Lane 1 at the start of their junior year. Students may enter Lane 1 at the start of their senior year, but do so with the understanding that they will not complete the full 42+ credit hours.

Lane 2
Students in Lane 2 will have an opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree from Saint Charles Community College and will be able to transfer to any Missouri public university having completed all lower-division general education requirements. Most private institutions in Missouri and neighboring states also accept these credit hours, but students and families will need to confirm this with their destination school. Students shall receive full credit, including any prerequisites or requirements in their major, for all Missouri Transfer (MOTR) courses transferred. The receiving institution cannot require the student to take additional lower-division general education courses. A student may, however, have to take additional lower-division courses to fulfill major, minor, program, or other requirements at the receiving institution. Students and families will pay for tuition, books, and fees. Only students entering their junior year may enter Lane 2.

Lane 3
Students in Lane 3 will take individual classes at Saint Charles Community College. For each MOTR course completed, the receiving Missouri public institution shall award full transfer credit, including any prerequisites or requirements for a major or minor. Most private institutions in Missouri and neighboring states also accept these credit hours, but students and families will need to confirm this with their destination school. Students and families will pay for tuition, books, and fees. Students may enter Lane 3 at any time in their high school career.

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