Early College Initiative

Community of Best Practice

Welcome to the Massachusetts Early College Initiative Community of Best Practice

NS4ed, in partnership with the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Schools and Department of Higher Education, is providing technical assistance and resources for Massachusetts Early College designees, applicants, and prospective candidates. You will find event information and registration, application process and designation criteria, the early college toolkit, a community discussion forum, and many other supportive resources for educators, parents and students.


Join us for the Summer Early College Leadership Series. Registration is free! (For additional details about the sessions, click the button below.)

  • June 23 – 9:00 AM – Leadership as Core
  • July 7 – 9:00 AM – Equitable Access
  • July 21 – 9:00 AM – Guided Academic Pathways
  • August 4 – 9:00 AM – Enhanced Student Support
  • August 18 – 9:00 AM – Connection to Career
  • September 1 – 9:00 AM – Effective Partnerships

Join us for the Early College Program Check-In Meetings. The  virtual, hour-long meetings, provide the opportunity to discuss topics of importance.

  • June 30 – 9:00 AM
  • July 14 – 9:00 AM
  • July 28 – 9:00 AM
  • August 11 – 9:00 AM
  • August 25 – 9:00 AM
  • September 8 – 9:00 AM


As the first wall-to-wall Early College school in Massachusetts, New Heights Charter School of Brockton set an ambitious goal of not only giving all of its scholars the opportunity to earn at least 12 college credits, but also the opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree from Massasoit Community College as high school students. 

Under the Early College Designation put forth by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) and Board of Elementary & Secondary Education (BESE), approved designated early college programs in Massachusetts will align with the following design principles:

Icon showing balanced scale1. Equitable Access

prioritizing underrepresented students in higher education

Icon showing balanced scale2. Guided Academic Pathways

that are well integrated and aligned with college and career

Icon showing balanced scale3. Enhanced Student Support

in both academics and advising

Icon showing balanced scale4. Connection to Career

through workplace and experiential learning experiences

Icon showing balanced scale5. Effective Partnerships

between high schools and colleges

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