TPS is now accepting applications for the Early College High School Program

Tulsa Public Schools encourages all 8th graders in the district to apply to the district high school program.

The program gives students the chance to earn college credit while in high school.

It’s called the Earn a Degree, Earn a Graduate or EDGE program where students earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree for free.

All 8th graders in the district are eligible to apply for the program. It allows students to complete an associate degree while attending McLain High School or Memorial High School.

In Grade 9, students will take an “Intro to College” course. In grades 10, 11, and 12, students will take concurrent enrollment courses in General Studies.

TPS said the program, in partnership with Tulsa Community College, provides high school students with the support they need to succeed in college with additional tutoring, monthly events with classmates, study and even access to college facilities.

Krystal Hutchinson, director of post-secondary readiness at TPS, said she wants students to start thinking about their future earlier because the things students do in high school can set them up for success.

“We know that the jobs available in Tulsa and Oklahoma at large, as well as in the United States, require more education beyond just a high school diploma. So we know it’s really going to give students a leg up or an edge over the competition,” Hutchinson said.

Applications for the program are due Sunday, February 13.

TPS is hosting a virtual information session Tuesday evenings from 4 to 5 p.m. to learn more about the program and the application process.

Families can join Zoom by By clicking here.