We welcome you to our program!
Your program coordinator is Tristin J. Salter; please feel free to reach out to her if you have questions about the program. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 716.878.3519. You can read more about Tristin and her credentials on our "meet the coordinator" page.
Fast facts about the MECHS program and its tremendous advantages:
The Middle Early College High School (MECHS) CAP 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 who have the potential to benefit from a rigorous academic curriculum. During the program, 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.
MECHS is a four-year program in which 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, enabling them to enter college as a junior, saving substantially on costs and time to graduation.
Students are provided with a wealth of programs to help them succeed, including advisement, tutoring, writing assistance, and career planning.
Students are able to borrow computers and other equipment from the college.
9 of 11 current students have GPAs in excess of 3.0 and are in good standing - our program and our methods are successful!
Students leave the program prepared to navigate multiple aspects of a college education, from knowing college policies and procedures, to time management, to advocating for themselves.
There are also stringent requirements for MECHS program students:
YOU have already committed to the rigors of the program by applying and being accepted to MECHS.
YOU must be on time and remain for full classes, during which you must be attentive, take notes, and participate, even in courses where other students are older/more advanced than you are.
YOU are required to be aware of college policies, as well as college deadlines for all activities.
YOU must check in with the MECHS office every day; attendance is tracked and counts toward your grade. More than three absences will negatively affect your grades overall.
YOU are responsible for advising us of absences or other extenuating circumstances, not your parents.
YOU must communicate with us when if things are not going well, so that we can work with you to create a plan to help.
How parents can best support their students:
Understand that your student is attempting to do work that is hard, and is supposed to be!
Encourage them to know and share their course and college obligations with you; become familiar with college terms, policies and procedures.
Arrange to do a campus visit with your student.
Remind them that help is available for the asking, and should be sought as early as it may seem needed - sooner is always better.
If you have a question or concern, please reach out to us. We understand that this level of academic commitment can affect the entire family, and that we all must work together.
Our Parent Presentation PowerPoint is here; hopefully it will answer many of your questions!
Please also review our Fall, 2021 Middle Early College Academic Support and Tutoring Center Parent Newsletter for more information.