Early College in the High School (ECHS)

Early College Career Academy

Argyle Central School District has partnered with  SUNY Adirondack and the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES to offer three Early College Career Academy programs in Advanced Manufacturing, IT Essentials and Media Arts.

A Queensbury students works on an ECHS: Advanced Manufacturing project

Each program continues the trend of hosting college level courses for high school students on the college campus, as opposed to the student’s regular high school. Argyle students who participate in the Career Academy are dually enrolled at Argyle High School and at SUNY Adirondack as non-matriculated students. Half of the day will consist of college courses on one of SUNY Adirondack’s campuses; the other half will include Regents level courses at Argyle High School.

The college portion of this two-year, half-day sequence for high school juniors and seniors is co-taught by SUNY Adirondack professors and a WSWHE BOCES Career and Technical Education instructor. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fundamentals are taught in a connected, collaborative environment using project-based learning.

Each student will receive a laptop, notebook or tablet, for a 1:1 technology experience. Media Arts students will also receive the required camera. All students will have hands-on experiences using state-of-the-art, advanced equipment.

During college breaks, students who participate in Early College High School Programs will have the opportunity to participate in internships or job shadowing experiences with local business owners.

At the end of the two-year program, a successful student will have earned 24 to 32 college credits, nationally recognized industry certifications, a Regents diploma, and valuable internship experience.