The Early College Academy (ECA) is a partnership between Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) and Metropolitan Community College (MCC) – Penn Valley. The program was developed for highly motivated KCPS high school students ready to leave the high school environment and participate in the rigor of full-time college.
ECA students earn high school credits while also earning college credits as they attend full-time classes on the Penn Valley college campus.
The ultimate goal of ECA is for KCPS students to graduate with both their high school diploma and an Associate’s degree. With the first two years paid for by KCPS, students can then finish their Bachelor’s degree at minimal cost.
Making education affordable
As a KCPS student, ECA juniors and seniors do not have to pay anything for their classes at Penn Valley. Tuition, fees and books are covered as part of the program; however, students need to provide their own transportation to campus.
Transition from high school to college
In order to be successful, students must maintain a minimum of a C average in all classes and will receive ongoing support from the ECA Program Coordinator. The program, along with ECA staff support, will help students effectively transition from high school to more rigorous college expectations, helping to prepare students for life at a major university.
The class of 2017 enjoyed much success:
- 46 Graduates
- 43 Students entered a four-year university to earn their Bachelor’s degree
- All six KCPS high schools were represented
- Seniors received $16,872,968 in merit scholarships