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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.

There are two steps to apply for this program, and applications are due by Friday, Feb. 12.

(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 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:

Apply by FEb. 12, 2021

Please fill out the online application or a paper application

Online ApplicationPrintable English ApplicationPrintable sPANISH Application

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.

Click here to join a session.
Call in: 1-346-248-7799
Meeting ID: 757 886 2199
Passcode: 902947

Contact Us

Dr. Elfreda Austin
McLain High School Assistant Principal
Email Dr. Austin
Dr. Michelle Brown
Memorial High School AP of Curriculum and Instruction
Email Dr. Brown

Submit letters of recommendation!

Include the students first name, last name, and email

Letter of recommendation




January 5 - February 12, 2021

Application Phase

See details in the How to Apply section above.

April 2021

Selection Phase

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 

9th grade

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.

10th grade

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.

11th grade

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.

12th grade

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.

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