KCSD and NKU announce early college program

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) and Kenton County School District (KCSD) are in alignment in their aspirations to be nationally recognized for being a student-ready and regionally-engaged partnership that empowers diverse learners for economic and social mobility.

To support student success, this innovative approach will ensure students have a clear path to their educational experience through an early college program. Research indicates that high school students enrolled in early colleges were significantly more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college, and complete a four-year degree.

This program will be a model for the region, the commonwealth, and the country as an innovative partnership between P-12 and post-secondary institutions to benefit students.

More information, including an application, is available by clicking here.

Descriptors of the partnership:

  • Participants will be enrolled as full-time students at their local high school but will attend the Highland Heights campus at NKU for credit bearing courses.
  • KCSD will annually enroll up to 100 juniors and 100 seniors at NKU.
  • NKU will provide a designated location on the Highland Heights campus where KCSD students will be able to convene and receive additional coaching/guidance from KCSD staff.
  • KCSD will place a College Coach full time at NKU to work collaboratively with designated NKU staff to promote success for all students.
  • Students will enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours as determined by the course sequence within this document.
  • KCSD will provide transportation to/from the Highland Heights campus at NKU.
  • It should be noted that if KCSD schools are closed due to inclement weather, transportation to NKU will not be provided. If the student does not utilize KCSD transportation, the cost of this and parking at NKU is the student responsibility. Parking for partnership program students at NKU will be $60 per semester ($120 per year).
  • Partnership program students will follow the NKU academic schedule. The partnership program will be governed by the federal and state laws and regulations, NKU and KCSD policies and procedures.
  • Students will be able to participate in co/extra-curricular activities at their home high school.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided by KCSD per applicable state guidelines in accordance with NKU’s food service requirements.
  • Tuition and the cost of required textbooks will be the responsibility of the student.
  • KCSD needs-based tuition scholarships may be available
  • Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 and adhere to NKU’s Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Participants will be required to obtain an NKU ID card. There is no initial charge for the issuance of the NKU ID-card. Replacements for lost cards are $10 and are the responsibility of the student.




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