EARLY COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
2018-19 EARLY COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP APPLICATION (updated Dec. 21, 2017)
The Rockwood Board of Education approved a new partnership between the school district and St. Louis Community College – Wildwood, which started in August of the 2017-18 school year. This partnership allows current Rockwood high school students to obtain an Associates Degree while fulfilling their Missouri graduation requirements. Ideally, 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. 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 launched 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 ECP is open to students at all four Rockwood high schools. Applications are available online and in high school counselor's offices. The applications will be reviewed by a committee during the month of February, 2018. Rockwood high school students selected for the partnership will be notified after March 1.
All students begin the process by completing an ECP application. Applications are available beginning November 1, 2017 with a due date of February 1, 2018. Please note this firm deadline as late applications will not be accepted. However, all applications will be equally considered as long as they are submitted by the deadline. Send the completed application to the RSD address referenced on page 2 or email Sharon Strollo at email@example.com Please be aware that 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. STLCC-Wildwood campus is the preferred campus for ECP Accuplacer information and testing.
Prospective students should 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 all of 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 an 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 STLCC BEFORE ACCUPLACER EXAM MAY BE ADMINISTERED.
- An essay written by the student.
- 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, again preferably Wildwood campus.
- A score of 23 or above on an official ACT test automatically qualifies for exemption from the Accuplacer test.
- All application materials must be received by February 1, 2018.
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.
Students are responsible for book costs.