Dual Enrollment + Blended Learning + Individual Attention = Successful Students With A Head Start In College!
College Preparedness Just Got Better! Our Model: Dual Enrollment Focus
West Sacramento Early College Prep has undergone an exciting evolution over the fall semester of the 2016/17 school year. We are in the process of transforming from an "early college" prep middle/high school to a "middle college high school" structure. Our program is designed to facilitate students graduating from high school with transferable college credits while earning their high school diplomas. Beginning with the 2016/17 school year, West Sac Prep students who are 16 and older, and in good standing in their high school courses, are dual enrolled in college courses at Sacramento City College (the West Sacramento Satellite Center).
The Dual Enrollment High School Program
The instructional model in the high school program is a blended learning model that emphasises a balance between hands-on learning projects, individual study, team projects and direct instruction. The high school program supports high student achievement by creating as many meaningful learning opportunities as possible to increase engagement and retention of knowledge. Our program has structures in place that support students in attaining the skills necessary to be successful in their high school and college courses.
We have a "whole school" approach to Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID ); a college and career readiness program
Small classes and a high teacher to student ratio. Instructors spend much time with students one on one or in small groups
A course schedule that allows flexibility for study time and college courses. Our instructional calendar is aligned with the college's instructional calendar
The high school curriculum is A-G approved and is aligned with Common Core
Our program is WASC certified
21st Century, Technology-Rich Atmosphere
Our program has a technology-rich atmosphere with a focus on students acquiring and using 21st century skills. We prepare our students to be life-long learners and early adaptors so they are prepared to take on careers that may not yet exist! Our student program emulates many of the hallmarks of a modern college program. For instance, though our program is situated on our school site and students attend classes daily, Monday through Friday, the courses themselves are built online and accessible through a Learning Management System, Schoology. This gives much flexibility to our students who can access their curriculum and course materials online from any computer, any day of the week. Students can keep track of/submit assignments, engage in discussions and review their class progress using the LMS just as many colleges do. We have a 1 to 1 Chromebook ratio at the site and students may check out computers to take home for academic use. The components of the program that are technologically advanced blend with the more traditional components of the program such as direct instruction, daily courses and interacting with other students at the school site.
All of these features enhance academic engagement and achievement, are essential program design elements of the school and reflect the school’s beliefs about how learning best occurs.
Schedule your appointment with the principal, today, by submitting an inquiry form or calling the school at (916) 375-7680.
Why Early College?
An Alternative Approach to Preparing for the Future!
The goal of an early/middle college is to increase the number of students attending and earning four year degrees or entering a career pathway program directly out of high school. In today's increasingly competitive world, every credential and/or degree from a post high school education program will increase an individual's earning potential over their lifetime, significantly. By working closely with the local community college, students attending high school can be dual enrolled in college courses and get a head start on their college educations.
Why is this beneficial for students and their families? For families of all income levels, college is expensive. West Sacramento Early College Prep works with students and families to decrease the cost of a college education by:
preparing students to handle the rigors of a dual enrollment program with AVID and direct teacher support
Small classes, high teacher to student ratio
Creating a program that allows time for students to be dual enrolled. Students who attend West Sac Prep, can be dual enrolled in college courses for free. The more courses a student takes at the college level, the more substantial the overall savings, and, the more courses they can transfer upon high school graduation.
According to a report from the Early College Design Service*, "Early college students graduate [and] attend college at higher rates". Specifically:
93% of early colllege students graduate high school vs. the national rate of 78%
94% of early college graduates earn some college credit for free (at WSECP, all students who are dual enrolled take the college courses for free)
Nationally, the average early college graduate earns 36 college credits which translates into a 30% savings off a bachelor's degree and a 60% savings off an associate's degree.
76% of early college graduates enroll in college after high school vs. the national rate of 68%
Early College: Dedicated to Diversity and Equity
Nationally, students who attend early college programs are diverse in ethnicity and income levels.
77% of early college students are students from diverse ethnic backgrounds
57% are from low-income families
45% will be the first in their immediate families to attend college
*sources cited in the Early College Design Report: Jobs for the Future (2012) and National Center for Education Statistics (2010)
West Sacramento Early College Prep Charter School 1504 Fallbrook Street West Sacramento, CA 95691 916-375-7680