Emma - Class of 2017
"Leaving my home high school for Early College was a life changing decision. Before coming to ECHS, I felt no purpose there and wasn’t even going to make it to graduation. Coming from a single family home being the oldest of three girls, I already had lots of responsibility, topped off with the social stereotypes and perfect grades that are expected from high school students. I wasn’t motivated to go to school, which led to skipping class, drug abuse, and low grades. I didn’t really see a point in going to school if I didn’t have the support and funds to continue to college.
When I applied for Early College, I had a very good feeling it was a smart move. At first I had my doubts, but now I am doing just fine, if not fantastic. When comparing and contrasting my high school self and my Early College student self, I have grown so much. I completely turned myself around, mentally and academically and am on the road to success. Early College has also allowed me to have a clear image of myself, build confidence, and be the first in my family to go to college. Most importantly, ECHS has set me on the career path and future I had always dreamed of and never thought I’d have."
"Everything was going swimmingly at my home high school until winter break of 2014. A strong friendship of mine started to fall apart, causing stress on me mentally and academically with a shocking effect on my GPA. I hadn't earned an 'A' since sophomore year. I was even beginning to fail in my art course, which was my favorite class. My mother took notice of this stress and supported my transition to Early College. I went to the first two meetings for ECHS, and the rest was history. I knew that moving schools and essentially becoming a college freshman would change countless aspects of my social and academic life. It did. Changing schools was hard, but it was a sacrifice I was willing to make in order to achieve my overall goals. It has now been a little less than a year since I made the switch, and I could not be happier with the decision. "
Alice - Class of 2016