Early College High School Program

Did you know you can graduate high school with a diploma AND a college degree – for free? With Metro School's Early College High School Program, you can!

With the Early College High School Program,a new program that opened in the 2018-2019 school year, students can fast track their college plans or begin building a career by earning a high school diploma and college associate degree by the 12th grade – at no cost to families! In partnership with Nashville State Community College, the Early College High School Program will offer students the opportunity to graduate with a college associate degree in one of seven different industries. See the full list below.

Students will graduate ready to enter the competitive workforce with relevant skills and knowledge.



Eighth grade students with qualifying test scores and a GPA of 85 or greater are eligible to apply. Learn more about academic requirements here. After graduation, the degree earned through Early College High School Program will transfer to seven public and six private institutions in Tennessee. View the full list here. In addition, the majority of earned credits will transfer to many colleges across the state and outside of Tennessee.

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The Early College High School Program offers seven different pathways which means every student has the opportunity to find an area of study that resonates with them the most. 

  • Information Systems

  • Business Administration

  • General Studies

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Health Sciences

  • Computer Science

  • Music/Fine Arts

To learn more about each degree option, review the FAQ section.

Learn how going to Early College at Nashville State Community College could help you get your high school diploma and an associate's degree at no added cost to your family.


Meet Rachel

Rachel graduated with a high school diploma and a college associate's degree - all at no cost to her or her family.


Rachel is a Metro Schools’ graduate, class of 2018, who was enrolled in MNPS’ Middle College High School (now called Early College) Rachel graduated in May 2018 with a high school diploma and a college associate’s degree.

From the moment you meet Rachel, her eagerness to learn is undeniable. She has dreams of continuing her college career and plans to study literature in college, then travel the world. By earning her college associate’s degree and high school diploma simultaneously, she has had the opportunity to achieve those dreams at a faster pace.

Rachel admitted that while the journey wasn’t always easy, she found a support team throgh her MNPS teachers, NSCC professors and classmates.

“Every teacher and professor you meet here is helpful and wants to see you succeed,” she said.

“Having the opportunity to get my associate's degree in high school is going to save so much money and time in my life. I’ll never be able to say thank you enough." —Rachel Williamson

The Early College High School Program will provide those same supports for students offering access to wrap-around services to help them thrive in a college environment.