The Early College Program is a partnership between Dorchester School District Two and Trident Technical College. The program is offered free of charge to all district students. Fort Dorchester students, who apply and are accepted to the program, have the opportunity to earn dual credit, and upon graduation from high school, students can earn an associate's degree.
Recruitment efforts are intended for students who are typically underrepresented in colleges and universities today, but all students are able to apply. The application process typically begins in the late fall and applicants are notified of acceptance to the program in the spring. Those interested can speak with the school counseling office for more information.
Students must successfully pass certain areas of the Accuplacer test to qualify for the program.
PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY BEFORE BEGINNING THE APPLICATION PROCESS:
Student and parent/guardian must complete the application together via the student's school Microsoft account.
All communication regarding the ECP process will be made via the student's school email and also to the parent/guardian email/phone on record in Power School. Parents/guardians should check that the emails and phone numbers listed in Power School are correct and able to receive messages. Students must check their school email regularly for new information.
Only students in their first year of a DD2 high school are eligible to apply for the Early College Program
*Application: Student and parent/guardian must complete this online application TOGETHER by November 30, 2022.
*Accuplacer: Students will be scheduled to take the Trident Tech entrance assessment, the Accuplacer, at school on November 17th and December 15th. Click the link below to register for the exam.
*Interview: Students will be scheduled to complete an interview with an Assistant Principal and school counselor. Interviews last approximately 20 minutes and take place during the school day in an office setting. A parent/guardian may elect to attend the interview with their student, but it is not mandatory. Interview notifications will be sent via email.
*Letters: Acceptance/denial letters will be mailed home in March. Students who are accepted to the program must sign an agreement and attend the mandatory meeting at Trident Tech in April along with their parent/guardian. Mandatory summer classes will be July 10 through August 8, 2023.