Early Colleges/Middle Colleges: Student Counseling/Support Component
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Early Colleges/Middle Colleges: Student Counseling/Support Component

This database indicates state-level early college and middle college high school policies that require programs to provide students with counseling and/or mentoring.

Why does it matter?
  • Just getting into the program isn't enough — students need continued guidance as they progress year by year.


  • Highlights
  • Five states — California, Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas — require early or middle college high school programs to provide students with guidance and/or mentoring.

    What's not included in this database:
  • While partnerships between districts and postsecondary institutions make early and middle college high schools available in many states, the state policies governing these partnerships are often either intended for dual enrollment, charter or alternative programs. Such policies are not usually a good fit with the unique characteristics of early and middle colleges. State policies included here are specifically designed to provide a comprehensive structure for early and middle college high schools.
  • State policies that address early college or middle college in piecemeal fashion but do not address the overall structure or functioning of programs.
  • State programs that allow high school students to earn substantial amounts of postsecondary credit but do not appear to fully align with the early or middle college model (i.e., West Virginia EDGE).

    As of August 2008, seven states have explicit state-level policies governing the creation of local early and/or middle college high school partnerships. States whose local early/middle college programs are governed by dual enrollment or charter school policies are not included in this database.

    Sources for all data points are accessible through this link.

    Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agency Web sites, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

    Last updated: August 20, 2008

    This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay Zinth, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.


  • Student counseling/support component
    California Yes. Middle college high schools must offer students "support and motivational activities," including "interaction with community college student role models." In practice, start-up funding from California Community Colleges has explicitly covered the cost of staffing to provide student counseling/support.
    Colorado Yes. Participating districts must ensure that students receive regularly scheduled counseling and other appropriate student support services throughout the five years they participate in the program.
    Michigan Not set in state policy, but in practice, programs provide college-level background services and systems of support. Special classes in many programs teach study skills and offer other types of supports.
    North Carolina Yes. Programs must "provide consistent counseling, advising and parent conferencing so that parents and students can make responsible decisions regarding course taking and can track students' academic progress and success."
    Pennsylvania No
    Tennessee Yes. Programs must "provide consistent counseling, advising, and parent conferencing at the secondary level so that parents and students can make responsible decisions regarding course taking and can track the students' academic progress and success[.]"
    Texas Yes. Early college programs must provide academic mentoring.

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