The Early College Program (ECP) at CHEC is part of a national instructional model designed to inspire and motivate students to be the first in their families to graduate college early, with diverse college and career opportunities. The national initiative was originally funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the National Council of La Raza, a major CHEC partner. Beginning in the 9th grade through 12th grade, our students have the flexibility to participate in a combined high school and college experience with the goal of earning a high school diploma and Associate's degree or up to 60 transferrable college credits at the same time. CHEC students experience college for the first time by taking credit-bearing courses at no cost to them on the campus of one of our three college partners: Montgomery College, University of the District of Columbia, and University of the District of Columbia Community College. ECP students generally take highly transferrable courses like English Composition I, General College Math I, and First Year Seminar, and others, earning college credit while working toward a high school diploma. Students receive guidance and support through attending a daily Early College Seminar with the Early College Coordinator, meeting with college tutors, advisors, and professors, as needed.
In order to enroll in the program students must meet the following requirements and maintain them throughout their high school career: 2.0+ GPA, a maximum of 3 unexcused absences and a general record of on-time arrival and good attendance, a maximum of 1 disciplinary referral and a good behavior record.