Interested in any feedback about the Toledo Early College High School. I wasn't even aware of this high school option until recently, but it almost sounds too good to be true. The thought that my daughter could attend high school while earning college credit and, if successful, enter into college as a junior immediately after high school is appealing. We love the entry requirements (GPA, attendance, disciplinary history) and the fact that the teachers seem to genuinely have the best interest of the students at heart. The fact that it is tuition free is a plus but again, it sounds a little too good. Any feedback is appreciated!
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I cannot speak to the quality of the education, but students who successfully complete designated courses can simultaneously earn college credit.
The PSEOP program another option if your daughter does not want to leave her current high school.
There are similar programs with other state universities, as the benefit to the college is the state share of instruction (SSI) and other state subsidies received. I am currently supervising a program where students take a course in their high school and are simultaneously registered at the university for a course with the same title.
I know of quite a few students using PSEOP and other options who enter college with 40-60 credits for which they have had minimal costs (books, some general fees, and so on). This can add up to tens of thousands of dollars in savings if a student is diligent and can handle college-level work.
My own experiences with PSEOP students have been mostly favorable; generally these are hardworking students, but sometimes there are some maturity issues (not surprising, since I have had students as young as 15 in classes).
pnjperr: Our daughter is currently a junior @ TECHS. Hubby and I LOVE the school structure. The principal (Dr. Robin Wheatley) is a strong leader. The teachers are top-notch and are passionate about teaching...they could have remained teaching at their suburban school districts, but chose TECHS. And parent volunteerism is a required component towards success (minimum is 10 hours per academic year, and there are PLENTY of opportunities to choose from).
The negative: TPS does not promote this school (which has a higher Performance Index on state examinations than Ottawa Hills High) enough. We went through a scary time back in 2010 when TECHS was on a list of schools to be closed due to budget cuts. Why our school was even considered is beyond reason and common sense.
Other than that, it would be in your daughter's best to attend this school.
In addition to PSEO, a high school may have an additional, separate dual enrollment educational arrangement with a college or university. The difference between the two is who teaches the classes (PSEO: college and/or university instructors. dual enrollment: high school teachers who meet college level educational requirements and/or college/university instructors). There's a minimum GPA requirement for PSEO classes. Not sure if the same holds true for the other dual enrollment types.
With the cost of attending college as high as it is, it makes perfect sense to allow your child to enroll and take PSEO and/or dual enrollment types of classes if they qualify to do so.
Students attending TECHS may also participate in extra curricular activities at their home school. For example, a kid could go there and still play volleyball or be a cheerleader at the school where she would have gone (e.g.; Bowsher or Start).
Mrs. Phoenix - these teachers are good. But they are not from the suburbs. They are TPS teachers. More proof of the good teaching that can be found in TPS.
Progress: Sorry I was not clear. Many of these teachers could have chosen suburban schools to work in (they do not all live in the City of Toledo). But they chose to serve in TPS.
We went through a scary time back in 2010 when TECHS was on a list of schools to be closed due to budget cuts. Why our school was even considered is beyond reason and common sense.
Call me cynical, but threatening to shut down failing schools wouldn't get the alarm bells set off as much as threatening to take away a school that works well for students who actually want to learn. Especially when there is, say, a levy on the table.
As for TECHS, congratulations on what appears to be a well functioning, high achieving culture and learning environment. With parents that give two s**ts, I might add. A rarity.
My daughter goes there and she loves the school and loves being a University of Toledo student! She has reservations at first, but now is in the swing of things and is doing great. She came from Maumee schools. There are orientations that you have to attend to get your child started in the process and there is testing that you have to do to be accepted, but the school is a great alternative to TPS.