ECP APPLICATION Updated 05172017.pdfAt the April 20 meeting, the Rockwood Board of Education approved a new partnership developing between the school district and St. Louis Community College – Wildwood.
The Early College Partnership (ECP) will allow current Rockwood high school students to obtain an associate degree while fulfilling their Missouri graduation requirements. The ECP is a two-year, full-immersion, dual-enrollment program.
According to Dr. Terry Harris, executive director student services, the goal is to offer students an innovative program to meet their academic needs. “Students will have a flexible schedule in a college setting. The program will be individualized to meet their career pathways.” Dr. Harris went on to recognize the need to support students in this non-traditional setting. “Students will have access to STLCC tutors, as well as RSD guidance counselors. We’ll ensure students and families have the tools they need to be successful.”
The program will launch in August 2017 with 30 Rockwood high school students. “We appreciate this partnership with our local community college,” shares Dr. Eric Knost, Rockwood superintendent. “The college is providing 30 scholarships in this inaugural year. We look forward to working together and expanding the partnership in the future to allow for greater participation among our high school students.”
The scholarships will be divided among students at Rockwood’s four high schools. Applications are available online and in high school counselor's offices. The applications will be reviewed by a committee inclusive of Rockwood and STLCC educators. Rockwood high school students selected for the partnership will be notified after May 12.
All students begin the process by completing an ECP application. We will have an updated, improved application for the 2018-19 school year on this site by Nov. 1 with a due date of Feb 1, 2018. For information purposes only, please see the current application (2017-18) and be sure to check back here after November 1st for the updated version and information. Send it to the RSD address on the application. Students will also need to complete an STLCC application in order to take their Accuplacer placement exam. For information on the Accuplacer please go to STLCC Admissions page.
The priority deadline for submission of all materials is Monday, May 8. However, applications will be accepted after May 8, until slots are full. Prospective students apply to the ECP during their sophomore year (10th grade) in high school. The ECP program takes the place of a student's 11th and 12th grade years of traditional high school. Students should have a strong foundation of Algebra II and Geometry before enrolling, but the ECP Committee looks at the overall picture of a student's academic performance by considering the following:
- Classroom Performance (Grades in courses taken in 9th and 10th grades)
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5* or higher
- Students with a GPA below 2.5 may apply but require one recommendation from RSD staff member.
- Official student disciplinary record from school
ACCUPLACER scores (Reading Comprehension- 77, Sentence Skills- 83, Mathematics-College Level Math section- 46, Arithmetic section: 80; Elementary Algebra section: 76; College Level section: 0-46)
- IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT STUDENTS MUST RECEIVE A TESTING NUMBER FROM THE PREFERRED SITE BEFORE ACCUPLACER EXAM MAY BE ADMINISTERED.
- An essay written by the student (the essay must reflect the effort of the student alone)
- A signed agreement to abide by the expectations and responsibilities of the RSD Early College Partnership
- Students must take the ACCUPLACER test at an STLCC testing site.
- If using ACT scores, the last test date is June 10. Registration date for ACT is May 5.
- All materials must be in by May 8 to meet the priority deadline. Applications will be accepted after May 8 until full.
RESOURCES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Students will have access to a full-time Rockwood high school counselor/college advisor.
- Students will have access to the STLCC-Wildwood Student Resource Center, library and computer labs, as well as student clubs and campus activities.
- Students will be responsible for their transportation to-and-from the STLCC-Wildwood.
- Students will follow the STLCC academic calendar and are required to be in attendance for all classes.
The Rockwood and STLCC-Wildwood Partnership will cover the tuition of college classes each semester. Students are required to maintain passing grades (C or better) in all classes. If a student makes a grade of D or F, then the student will be responsible to repay the district the full cost of the course including fees and may lose eligibility in the ECP.