Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Edison Collegiate High School is the first opportunity of its kind for students in Lee County. All students, parents, and/or caregivers are encouraged to find out more about the many advantages of Edison Collegiate High School- Lee Campus, our procedures and curriculum. Check out the answers to our most frequently asked questions:

  • What is a Collegiate High School?
    • A collegiate high school is operated on a charter issued by the Lee County School District.  It is run by Edison State College.
    • The purpose of Edison’s Collegiate High School in Lee County is to provide a quality academic experience for high school students seeking the challenge of high academic standards, rigorous curricula, and college-level study at a small innovative high school. The four-year curriculum will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, also known as (STEM Programming).
  • Is there a cost to Collegiate High School students?
    • As a public institution, the Collegiate High School is free of charge to students. This includes free college tuition and fees, free college and high school textbooks, and free tutoring.
    • Students are expected to provide items such as paper, pencils and personal supplies.
  • What are some of the advantages of a student attending and graduating from a Collegiate High School?
    • Academic Benefits for High School Students
      • honors level course work
      • opportunity to graduate with an AA (Associate in Arts) and high school diploma simultaneously
    • Financial Benefits for Families
      • Tuition and books are free – even in the college level courses
      • Earning two years of college-credit tuition-free is a major cost saving opportunity for students and their parents.
  • What will set Edison’s Collegiate High School apart from other options in Lee County?
    • Collegiate environment
    • Ability to earn a college degree
    • STEM Education
  • What is STEM Education?
    • The teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
    • According to the STEM Ed Caucus Steering Committee, US Congress,  - Our knowledge-based economy is driven by constant innovation. The foundation of innovation lies in a dynamic, motivated and well-educated workforce equipped with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills. However, the nature of our workforce and the needs of our industries have changed over time. Today, an understanding of scientific and mathematical principles, a working knowledge of computer hardware and software, and the problem solving skills developed by courses in STEM are necessary for most jobs. Therefore, STEM education is an enormous and pressing need.
    • STEM Supporters suggest, STEM Education is responsible for providing our country with three kinds of intellectual capital:
      • Scientists and engineers who will continue the research and development that is central to the economic growth of our count
      • Technologically proficient workers who are capable of dealing with the demands of a science-based, high technology workforce
      • Scientifically literate voters  and citizens who make intelligent decisions about public policy and understand the world around them
  • How does the Collegiate High School differ from Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other programs which offer college credit?
    • Edison Collegiate High School offers study in a college environment, the unique use of technology across the curriculum, and the opportunity to earn a college degree tuition-free simultaneously with a high school diploma.
    • The Collegiate High School offers a detailed program of study that leads directly to a college degree rather than a random acquisition of college credits.
    • The Collegiate High School provides easier access to comprehensive learning support services directly related to a college-level curriculum. The school also offers a wider selection of and access to college-level courses as well as the opportunity to customize a program of study that is specific to a student’s upper division major and prerequisites.
    • The advanced subject expertise and academic resources of a college faculty and campus are a distinct advantage for Collegiate High School students.
    • ECHS seniors will demonstrate mastery of high school and college level skills through a Senior Capstone Project finalized in the last semester of their senior year.
  • Who can apply?
    • Any Lee County students and parents can apply- we ask that they participate in a collegiate high school information session.
    • If there are more than 100 qualified applicants for an Edison Collegiate High School class, selection will be by lottery.
  • How are students selected to attend ECHS – Lee?
    • An enrollment lottery will take place on March 24th at 4:00 p.m. in room I – 121 on the Lee County campus. Phone calls to prospective students and the mailing of initial letters of acceptance will be happening on March 26th and 27th. Please remember that the deadline to return admissions information is April 9th at 4:30 p.m.
  • What if a student doesn’t get in?
    • Students on the waiting list for admissions will receive written confirmation of their individual status during the first week of April. ECHS – Lee Campus will begin to process applications from the waiting list on April 13th via phone calls to the established contact phone numbers.
  • How will the high school and college curriculum/mission complement one another?
    • The collegiate high school will expand on the college’s mission of providing educational excellence within a supportive learning environment.
    • The rigorous curriculum in the high school will prepare students for their junior and senior year in a college setting.  Within a supportive learning environment, faculty and staff are committed to preparing students to be productive citizens by helping them develop academic and professional proficiencies; to think logically, critically, and analytically; to communicate effectively to seek and evaluate information; and to act with sound judgment in the interest of our global community.   The STEM focus will prepare students for numerous baccalaureate programs both at Edison State College and nationwide.
  • Will my freshman high school student be fraternizing with college students?
    • The high school will be in its own secure building, just like a traditional high school. All visitors will have to sign in and out with the front desk. The Edison Collegiate High School building is a stand-alone facility located on the Edison State College Campus.
    • Freshmen and sophomore high school students will always be escorted by faculty and administration when they are outside of the high school building.
    • Juniors and seniors will be in typical college classes with the general population of college students.
    • We have implemented a more detailed screening process of vendors and other business partners who come to our campus to ensure utmost protection for our students.
  • What kind of extracurricular activities are offered at ECHS-Lee Campus?
    • Edison Collegiate High will introduce extracurricular activities based on the students – interest and the feasibility of the activity.
    • Students may also choose to participate in sports and activities at their home high schools. Team sports and clubs are available to ESCHS students at their district high schools.
  • When will ECHS- Lee Campus start taking applications?
    • Edison Collegiate High School- Lee Campus will be open in fall of 2010.
    • Applications will be on our website in mid- January.
    • We will have room for up to 100 freshman, we will begin a new freshman class each year until we reach full capacity of 400 students.
    • Applications must be received by March 20th, 2010 at 4:30pm.
  • What about Food Service?
    • Edison State College is fortunate enough to have an excellent on site food service. FSI is our food service provider.
  • What about buses and transportation?
    • Transportation will be provided to students living outside of a two mile radius from Edison Collegiate High School – Lee Campus and within a six mile radius. In addition, several general pick-up stops will be designated along the perimeter of the bus routes for students outside of the six mile radius. Formal transportation guidelines will be posted as they become available.
  • Where can I get more information?
    • Email your questions to echslee@edison.edu
    • Call Edison Collegiate High School at (239) 432-6767.