Canton Early College High School's Impact Goes Beyond Degrees
Last spring, 31 students from Canton's Early College High School (CECHS) graduated from their district with a high school diploma and an Associate Degree from Stark State College.
Representing 52% of the class of 2010, their success once again placed CECHS above the state average of 33% and the national average of 10% for early college students graduating with an Associate Degree or two years of college.
Now a new study Ongoing Proof: Results from the Canton Early College High School Class of 2010, being released by the Stark Education Partnership today, shows that the impact of CECHS is far more extensive. While only 83% of early college students nationally ever earn college credit, 100% of all CECHS graduates earned college credit. The average for students not graduating with an Associate Degree was 43 hours, over a full year of college. Additionally, 100% of the students graduated high school.
Twenty-nine of the starting freshmen in the class of 2010 transferred out of CECHS. Yet, for the 21 remaining in the district, all but two had earned college credit. The graduation rate for all original freshmen was 96%.
There is one other significant factor. The achievement gap disappears in CECHS. The most successful sub-group in the class of 2010 was the African American female. Their poverty rate was over 80%.