Early College High School
EDGE (Earn a Degree, Graduate Early)
Early College High School at McLain and Memorial
Did you know that students entering 9th grade at McLain and Memorial high schools next year can graduate with their diploma AND an associate’s degree from Tulsa Community College free of charge?
If your child is in 8th grade in the 2020-2021 school year, they are eligible to apply for McLain Early College High School or Memorial Early College High School. Interested in learning more? Let us know!
The Early College High School/EDGE (Earn a Degree, Graduate Early) program is for you!
The Early College High School program provides high school students with the support they need to succeed in college with extra tutoring, monthly events with your classmates, study sessions, and even access to college facilities! If you are in 8th grade in the 2020-2021 school year, you could graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree free of charge.
(Update: We are granting students an extension until February 19 to turn in completed applications.)
Step 1: enroll your child in early college high school:
- Visit enroll.tulsaschools.org to log-in to SmartChoice to choose up to six schools for your child’s 2021-2022 enrollment;
- Select either “McLain Early College High School” or “Memorial Early College High Schools” as your first choice;
- You can include BOTH programs in your six school choices and also select up to four other schools.
Step 2: complete the early college high school application:
- After you complete the enrollment process, you will receive an email with a link to a special Tulsa Community College application for early college high school students.
- If you need help with this special application, please contact
- Letters of recommendation can be submitted to EDGE@tulsacc.edu.
Tulsa Public Schools is offering virtual support hours for early college applicants over the next two weeks:
Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 3-5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 5 from 2-4 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 8 from 3-5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 12 from 1-5 p.m.
Submit letters of recommendation!
Include the students first name, last name, and email
|January 5 - February 12, 2021||
See details in the How to Apply section above.
A selection committee will review each application. The committee will review students’ essays, recommendations, and academic requirements in a fair, double-blind process.The committee will consist of five representatives from Tulsa Public Schools and Tulsa Community College.
|August 2021||Selected students will attend a two-day event to prepare for being Early College High School students.|
Early College High School Student Experience
Students do not take college courses in 9th grade; however, they participate in cohort events and learn skills necessary for college such as time management, study skills, etc.
In sophomore year, students take a total of four college-level courses (two in the fall, two in the spring) but spend most of their time on their high school campus taking high school classes. Transportation will be provided when students go to TCC.
In junior year, students take a total of seven college courses (three in the fall, four in the spring) and split their time between their high school campus and the TCC campus. Transportation will be provided.
In senior year, students take a total of eight college courses (four in the fall, four in the spring) and split their time between their high school campus and the TCC campus. Transportation will be provided.
- What is the Early College High School pilot?
- Who can enroll in the Early College High School Program?
- What is the deadline to apply for Early College High School?
- Are there any eligibility criteria?
- What high schools will host the Early College High School?
- Will I still have a high school experience?
- My middle school is not in the Memorial or McLain feeder patterns. Can I still apply?
- I was not planning to attend Memorial High School or McLain High School. Now I don’t know what to do.
- Is participation in the Early College High School program really free of charge to students and families?
- I’m already in 9th grade. Can I still participate in the program?
- How is this different from concurrent enrollment at Tulsa Community College?
- I’ve never asked anyone for a letter of recommendation. What do I do?
- HOW DO I SUBMIT MY LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION?
- I want to play sports in high school. Can I be an Early College High School student and still do that?
- If I don’t live in the Memorial or McLain feeder patterns, is this still an option for me?
- What do I need to write my admission essay about?
- Where will classes take place?
- Will transportation be provided?
- Is this program open to undocumented students?
- How does this program differ from the Will Rogers College TCC program?
- Will participation in this program reduce the funding that students can receive through Oklahoma’s promise after graduating from high school?
- What line of study is the Associate Degree in?
- If I apply to the Early College HS program at McLain High School or Memorial High School but don’t get in, do I still have to go to that school?