Topic: Teachers College

June 23, 2011

High-ability high school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to earn a high school Academic Honors Diploma and acquire more than a year's worth of credit toward a bachelor's degree through the Indiana Academy's new Nonresidential Early College Program (NECP).

Students must enter as juniors and should live within commuting distance of the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities. They are encouraged to apply now for the NECP Class of 2013. The NECP will begin this year, with classes starting Aug. 8. Orientation meetings for parents and students are scheduled Aug. 3–5.

David Williams, executive co-director of Indiana Academy, said students can earn 60-plus college credits through the program, which allows attendees to take courses at the Academy during the school day without having to live in a residence hall. A total of 44 courses are offered for dual credit through the program— the result of the academy's exclusive position as part of Ball State University serving only high-ability high school students.

"NECP is uniquely situated to provide these students the opportunity to earn more than a year's worth of college hours within an academic curriculum specifically designed to meet their needs," Williams said.

The enrollment goal for this new program is 15–20 students. The residential portion of the academy's program serves as a high school for approximately 300 gifted juniors and seniors from all part of Indiana. All high school students in Indiana are eligible for NECP but must supply their own daily transportation to the academy.

The academy will be responsible for administering NECP, including providing counseling services, enforcing discipline policies and communicating with students' parents. Those interested can learn more about NECP on the Indiana Academy website.

By Mallory Sturgeon