The Middle Early College High School (MECHS) was established by the Buffalo Public schools in September, 2003. Its philosophy is to provide a nurturing, supportive learning environment for underserved high school students that have the potential to benefit from a rigorous academic curriculum. This is a four-year program where students take a variety of courses on the high school and college campus for which they receive dual credit upon successful completion of the courses. Students have the opportunity to graduate high school with up to 51 college credit hours.
The school is a “school of choice,” meaning that students have to apply to the school and there are a series of academic tests and interviews that are used to determine acceptance. One condition of acceptance is a commitment by students and their families to the rigors of the program, including attending a four-week summer program each summer they are in school. Requirements for the program include students achieve between a 65% to 85% middle school average, are first generation college students, and come from families with low-incomes.
Buffalo State and MECHS faculty and administration have a close and positive working relationship. Buffalo State faculty will have the opportunity to participate in curriculum planning, team teaching, and offer professional development to the teachers and administrators. They will be able to teach method courses on site and have opportunities to conduct research. Buffalo State students complete field experiences at the high school, including tutoring, assisting teachers in the classroom, and developing service learning projects with the high school students.
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