Graduate High School With A Free Associate's Degree
Delta College or Northwood University.
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A strategic move for your future.
Through our Early Middle College (EMC), students stay at Michigan International Prep School for a 13th year of primarily dual enrolled courses, and graduate with a free Associate's Degree from Delta College or Northwood University.
How The Early Middle College Works
Begin earning college credit in your junior year for a massive head start on your education.
The Early Middle College program allows students to stay in high school for an additional 13th year to earn up to 60 Credits, an Associates Degree, Professional Certificate, or a MEMCA Certificate.
Benefit from a gradual, strategic transition to college with expert guidance.
During the 11th and 12th grade years, students take a split load, with some courses through MIPS, and some through our college partner. This helps students to ease into college gradually, while also allowing them to gain college credit.
Graduate with a free Associate's Degree and a wealth of college experience.
During the 13th year, the majority of the student's courses are taken with our college partner, but students remain officially enrolled with MIPS. Students continue to attend a required check-in with the College and Career Coordinator during their 13th year.
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College & Career Coordinator
Programs Available Through Delta College
Associate of Arts Degree (AA)
Programs Available Through Northwood University
Associate of Arts Degree (AA) in Aftermarket Management - AMM
Associate of Arts Degree (AA) in Automotive Marketing & Management - AM
Early Middle College (EMC) Program Overview
What grade levels can participate in the EMC?
Students apply during the Spring of 10th Grade.
Students must be identified as EMC students during the Fall of their 11th grade year.
Late starting 11th and 12th graders can not apply for EMC but they may be eligible for the Dual Enrollment program.
Does the EMC program cost families anything?
This pathway is 100% free – including textbooks!
Are all EMC courses online?
Yes! This program was designed for the full virtual student, and can be completed 100% online. However, the student can choose to attend classes in-person.
Please note that some EMC programs may have on-campus requirements. (Transportation expenses are not covered.)
What are the requirements to enroll in EMC?
Students in grade 10 (going to grade 11) who are enrolled in Michigan International Prep School.
Students who have minimum PSAT scores of: Reading/Writing – 400 and Math – 400.
Students who have a minimum GPA of 2.50.
Students who are on track for graduation and not in need of remedial coursework.
Students who have approval of their counselor and College and Career Coordinator.
What if a student doesn’t meet all of the above the requirements?
Talk to the College and Career Coordinator and EMC Counselor. We know that some students need this as a reason to continue, and we may be able to begin you on a trial period.
What is the process to enroll in the EMC program?
Be enrolled in MIPS and fill out the interest form.
The interest form contains a variety of agreements ensuring that you understand key parts of the EMC process.
Students NEW to MIPS also need a counselor recommendation from their previous district.
Students will be notified of a final decision and invited to a required online orientation in the Fall.
Application due dates
Current MIPS Students:
Student must be fully re-enrolled and have submitted the interest form by May 1st.
Students who are new to MIPS:
Student must be fully enrolled and have submitted the interest form by June 30th.
Note: Some College Courses begin prior to the beginning of MIPS courses.
Things to think about when considering the EMC program:
Students are required to keep up with their grades and progress. Courses that are failed or have to be repeated are not paid for by MIPS, and will negatively impact your permanent college transcript.
Online courses may not have live instructional support. Students should assume they need to work independently on material.
What are your Post-Secondary Goals?
Is the EMC a good fit for those goals, or would our general Dual Enrollment pathway be a better fit for those goals? (If you’re not sure, please don’t hesitate to ask our College and Career Coordinator!)
A typical college course requires 2-3 hours outside of class time for every credit hour. Do you have time to commit to the extra challenge of a College course? (For example: A 3-credit hour course may require up to 9 additional hours of coursework and studying to be successful.)
Do you have other commitments that will require your time and attention? (Sports, family, church, job, etc.)
Do you need to build some other, prerequisite skills in order to be successful? (Many College courses are very writing-heavy!)
Would waiting a year or two make more sense for getting started in College? Remember that all grades/credits earned are permanent!
Credits may or may not transfer to other universities. The burden lies on the receiving College or University to accept those credits or not. The Michigan Transfer Agreement helps with this within the state of Michigan.