Given the results of our schools, the early college approach is proving to be a very promising way to improve access to and success in college for New York City students. 

Who are the students we serve?

Early college schools are designed for all New York City students. In the 2013-2014 schools year Early College schools served approximately 6,500 students. Early college schools both provide the extra support for students who might enter reading below grade level and challenge those who are already at or above grade level.

Of the 2012-2013 cohort 69% of students were eligible for free or reduced lunch, and 76% of students identified as either Black or Hispanic.

Are ECI students progressing and achieving academically?

Of the 2013 cohort, approximately 87% of students graduates and on average earned 28 college credits.

What types of college courses are students taking?

While the specific course sequence varies from school to school, typically, students at an Early college school will take their first college course in the 9th or 10th grade together with their high school classmates, either on the campus of the partner college or at their school. As students progress in the program, they will take more and more of their college courses on the partner college campus, especially in the last two years of high school.

What do we know about students after they've graduated from ECI schools?

For the Class of 2011, upon graduating from high school, 77% of students enrolled at any college in fall 2011, with 44% enrolling at a CUNY institution. Of the students who enrolled at CUNY, 93% attended full-time. Nearly two-thirds (65%) attended CUNY senior colleges while 96% of students who enrolled at non-CUNY institutions attended four-year colleges.