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31 Bastrop students earn associate’s degrees before high school diploma

During Austin Community College’s graduation ceremony last week, hundreds of students beamed with pride as their names were called to walk across stage and receive diplomas. In that mix was a cohort of students from Bastrop.

Thirty-one Bastrop students Colorado River Collegiate Academy received their associate’s degree weeks before their high school diploma. They were the academy’s first class to complete the program that integrates students’ high school curriculum with college courses.

The Early College High School program has been catching on in school districts around Central Texas. ACC began the program in 2011 with two high schools in the Austin school district. Since then, the program has taken shape in Round Rock, Elgin, Manor, Bastrop and soon in Leander.

The Colorado River Collegiate Academy, a public high school committed to the Early College High School framework espoused by the Texas Education Agency, began taking shape in November 2013 and welcomed its first class of freshman in 2014.

The program is designed to have students complete credit hours to earn both an associate’s degree from ACC and a high school diploma within four years.

Read the full article at Statesman.com