Early College

What should I know about Early College High Schools?

The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University is part of nationwide network of Early College High Schools that offer the best of traditional secondary education in concert with a college partner to provide higher education that is affordable and accessible to a broad diversity of students and families

  • 6 years of school in a 5–year accelerated program, tuition-free.
  • High school diploma and up to 62 hours of college credit, equivalent to an associates degree, tuition free.
  • Access to higher education for a broad diversity of high school students, even those who might not have seemed likely to graduate and go to college.
  • High attendance rates, excellent student promotion rates, and access to college level coursework.
  • Small classes and individual attention.
  • Smooth transition between high school and college, supported by faculty and professors committed to helping students from diverse backgrounds achieve success.
  • Free and reduced/cost lunches, if students qualify.
  • A network of 160 Early College High Schools nationwide.
  • A unique path to an affordable college education for motivated students

The Ohio Dominican University

Ohio Dominican University is the university partner of The Charles School. A fully accredited, four-year liberal arts institution, Ohio Dominican was founded in 1911. The university occupies 64 beautifully wooded acres, centrally located in Columbus, Ohio. Today, Ohio Dominican has over 3,000 students -- nearly 90% of whom receive financial aid. Ohio Dominican is committed to academic excellence, lifelong learning and community service.

Students are the top priority at Ohio Dominican, as they are at The Charles School. The university’s acclaimed liberal arts curriculum is at the core of all academic studies. Classes are small and students may choose from more than 50 undergraduate majors. The student body is diverse and individualism is celebrated, regardless of age, race, gender, religious background, ethnic or cultural heritage.

In addition, there are many opportunities for community service and a full range of co-curricular organizations, including student government, performance arts, athletics, honor societies, and multicultural, as well as a wide range of religious and social organizations.

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