WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — Chariho High School students will now be able to earn up to one full year of college credits while they are still in high school. The Chariho Regional School District has announced the formation of a new partnership with the Community College of Rhode Island.
Chariho Assistant Principal Andrea Spas said the program would be available to students at the high school and Chariho Tech who are taking advanced placement, or AP, classes.
“We are excited to announce this unique opportunity for our CHS students,” she said. “Over the past year, we have worked closely with CCRI to form an agreement that allows students to earn up to one year of college credit for free. We currently offer more than 20 Advanced Placement courses for our CHS and CTC students.”
Rosemary Costigan, vice president for academic affairs at CCRI, said the program would also encourage more students to complete their full college programs.
“We are pleased to offer this program, which will allow the Community College of Rhode Island to recognize outstanding and rigorous student performance in the Chariho Regional School District,” she said. “We know that students who have advanced credit standing are more likely to persist and graduate and, while all colleges award credit for advanced placement proficiency exams with set achievement standards, this model allows packaging these credits toward an associate degree. This is a very high standard that rewards students who are able to achieve in multiple advanced placement courses simultaneously.”
Students will be able to select from a menu of 12 AP courses which have been aligned with courses at CCRI.
“Upon completion of 30 credits worth of these courses and scoring a 3 or better on their AP exams in these classes, they can earn a full, first year at CCRI,” Spas said.
Chariho Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci noted that the new program equates to a year of free CCRI tuition for participating high school students.
“I hope that our students will start to think about this early in their high school career,” he said. “What a great opportunity they have to enter CCRI as a sophomore, completing their first year while still in high school! Equally important, our students can do so at no cost to their families.”
Spas described the program as a way to jump start students’ pursuit of college degrees.
“We are grateful for this partnership with CCRI and the post-secondary opportunity it affords our students,” she said. “It is important to us at the high school that students are provided with rigorous learning opportunities that best prepare them for college and career, this agreement is a unique way to provide students with a jump start on this path.”