Early College Program


Early College programs are intentionally designed to empower students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Massachusetts Early College Designated Programs work to blend elements of high school and college to provide students with the opportunity to experience and complete college level academic coursework on a clearly articulated pathway and simultaneously gain exposure to a variety of career opportunities. Early college programs also reduce the time and expense of earning a college credential while increasing the likelihood of completion.

At CRLS we are delighted to have received state designation for our successful Early College partnership with Lesley University. After launching a successful pilot program in 2021-2022 year with a small group of students, we are pleased to welcome back over 100 students for the 2022-2023 school year. The program with Lesley University allows students enter academic + career pathways, including health sciences, art & design, and human services & social work. Pathways include college-level coursework on Lesley University's campus taught by college professors. Each pathway also has a career focus and has a key employer partner that allows you to build connections between college coursework and careers after college.

There are no prerequisites to apply, and the program's focus is on equitable access for students traditionally underserved by higher education including Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students; students who are first in their family to attend college (first-generation) students on Free and Reduced lunch, and students with disabilities. The program is open to students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.

Additional university partnerships and course offerings under consideration. Check back soon for updates.

Fall 2022 Program Updates

Early College follows the Lesley University academic calendar. Please stay up to date on important dates, including holidays and the end of semester. 

More Info

Early College Program Handbook
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Application – Spring 2023

Students can express interest by selecting “Lesley Early College” when registering for their courses in the spring, speaking with their counselor, or contacting the Early College Program office. Applications are open once per year.

MichaelMeet the Early College Program Manager
Michael O’Shea is a proud product of Chicago Public Schools and excited to lend his expertise in higher education administration to the success of all students in the Early College Program. Since joining the district in October 2020, he has helped grow the Early College partnership with Lesley University and identify additional higher education partners. He holds a Master’s in Higher Education and is a PhD Candidate in Higher Education.

Please do not hesitate to contact Michael and the Early College Program Office:
Phone: 857.327.2912
E-mail: [email protected]
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