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writer: Karmen Brown, LEHS senior
For today’s high school graduating seniors, planning for college starts in high school. In fact, high schools across the country are implementing programs to help cut down on rising tuition costs and help students enter the workforce earlier than later.
According to a recent US News report, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2018-2019 school year was $9,716 for state residents at public colleges. This cost does not include housing, books, meals, and transportation.
Little Elm ISD strives to achieve above and beyond parent’s expectations, which is why the District is implementing a new program called the Lobo Collegiate Academy. It is designed to help high school students become college core complete by the time they graduate high school. The program will begin in the fall of 2020, but parent meetings for current 8th and 9th grade students will begin in September.
The Lobo Collegiate Academy is “an innovative partnership between the District and with North Central Texas College where students now have the opportunity to earn up to 50 college credits during their high school career,” says Michelle Gentry, lead counselor of Little Elm High School. With this academy, students who pursue a higher education could possibly graduate from college in less than four years, helping them save money on college tuition fees.
Putting the LE in ColLEge Readiness
“To become ‘core complete’ means the courses transfer as a kind of package deal to fulfill core requirements at Texas colleges and universities without having to repeat any of that coursework,” says Gentry. The academy begins with its first cohort of students next school year and the application for those students will be open to current eighth and ninth graders in January of 2020. Parents of interested students who meet the eligibility requirements should make plans to attend an informational meeting on Monday, September 23 or Thursday, September 26. Students will have their own meeting to attend on Tuesday, October 8 at their campus during the school day. Not only is Gentry eager for the program to kick off, but there are many students who are awed by the start of this program, such as 9th grade student Jaidan Dublin. She says, “I think this program will be very resourceful and can help me in the long run for college. Plus I like a challenge,” she adds. Applications are due in January and students will learn of their acceptance in late January or early February, explained Gentry. To learn more about the Lobo Collegiate Program, visit www.littleelmisd.net/LCA. For more information about the parent informational meetings.