Metro East Early College Academy replaces remediation with acceleration, engaging instruction, and individualized supports to prepare all students—particularly those traditionally underserved—for college and careers.
Metro East Early College Academy is based on the bold idea that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money toward a postsecondary credential, are powerful motivators for students to work hard and meet intellectual challenges.
Once accepted, students are divided into “cohorts” (or groups), where they are assigned a counselor who serves as their guide through high school and college. MEECA participants start their first terms at community colleges with a “college survival” course taught by their counselor that covers the how-to of signing up for classes and finding various on-campus resources. After that, students in a cohort enroll in the courses that meet their individual needs, though the goal is to try to keep them together with other MEECA participants as much as possible. The more they get to know each other, the more they’ll help each other out — which increases the likelihood of success for all.
MEECA students will be apart of a cohort with other MEECA high school students by taking the following College Now courses for dual credit.