About the Akron Early College High School

Akron Early College High School is a new approach to high school where students earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree at the same time. Classes are taught at The University of Akron by a combination of high school teachers and college professors. The program is geared to students who have not traditionally sought higher education. The program also prepares students for the rigors of university life and gives them a jumpstart in college credits, saving families money.  Our graduates earn thousands of dollars each year in college scholarships.

In 2013, U. S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan recognized Akron Early College High School, in Akron Public Schools as a National Blue Ribbon School.  The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements toward those standards. Since 1982, the U. S. Department of Education has sought out and celebrated great American schools. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in outstanding schools (Letter received from Aba S. Kumi, Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program).

Also in 2013, Akron Early College was recognized as a School of Promise, for the fourth consecutive year and as a School of Honor by the State of Ohio.  “Schools of Promise and the prestigious High Performing Schools of Honor are examples of what can happen when principals, teachers, parents and community members all believe that children can learn,” said Dr. Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction. “These schools overcome challenges, sometimes significant challenges, to provide a high-quality education to Ohio children. What they have done is working and I am urging them to help other Ohio schools learn how they can overcome their challenges as well.”

High Performing Schools of Honor must have a 90 percent or better average proficiency rate over a five-year period on the Ohio Achievement Assessment an Ohio Graduation Test plus meet several other criteria. These include a 75 percent proficiency level for four significant subgroups on the same tests; an annual measurable objective report card grade of A, B, or C; a progress grade of A, B, or C on the report card; and a graduation rate over a five-year period of 90 percent or higher. The school must also be Title 1 eligible and serve 40 percent or more economically disadvantaged students (http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/School-Improvement/News/Schools-of-Promise-and-High-Performing-Schools-of).

History of the Akron Early College High School

Akron Early College High School (AECHS) is a high school created as a joint venture in 2007-2008 between Akron Public Schools (APS), the University of Akron, and the KnowledgeWorks Foundation.  We continue to build the school as we educate the students who choose to attend.  We adjust our schedule, classes, whatever is needed in order to do what is best for our students and their learning.  We are all dedicated to teaching our students to be independent learners in order to continue their success in college and in life.  We foster and support a rigorous program challenging and encouraging our students to set and meet goals. 

We build caring relationships by getting to know our students through an advisory program, in our classes and in many different extracurricular activities. We also do many things to create a family atmosphere within our school so the students and parents feel connected and dedicated to being independent learners.  With students pursuing an associate degree or hours towards a bachelor’s degree, our students know the relevancy of our program.  We expect all students to work to their potential and we support them all the time.