Innovative High School Early College Programs

  • Innovative High School Early College Programs for 2021-2022

    Accelerate your learning and begin your college path to career while in high school!

    Challenge yourself with rigorous college coursework while still accessing high school supports as needed!

    Meet the growing workforce demands in high-skill, high-wage, and high demand careers in your community!

    Enjoy the benefits of being both a college student and a high school student!


    Check out the school board presentation here.

    Informational Sessions:

    Virtual Session: June 14th 6 p.m. Click here to attend the session. Passcode for Meeting: 541384

    In-Person Session: June 15th 6:30 p.m. at the ATC Auditorium -415 Harding Drive Lebanon, TN 37087

    Informational Session Presentation: Click here to view the presentation.

    Application Assistance Meetings 

    LHS Assistance 6/23 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  & 6/30 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    WCHS Assistance 6/21- 6/24 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (if you would like to zoom call front office)

    MJHS Assistance 6/28 9 a.m. -2 p.m.

    WHS Assistance 6/23 and 6/24 8a.m.-3p.m.

    Early College Application 

    Click here to access the early college application. FINAL DEADLINE IS NOW JULY 23!


    Cumberland University has just released a residual ACT date for students interested in either the Associates of Arts in Education or Business through the Innovative High School model. If you DO NOT have a valid ACT score of 21 and indicated on your application that you are interested in one of Cumberland’s programs, you must take the residual ACT on July 15th at 10 a.m. on Cumberland’s Campus for admission requirements. The link to register for this test is linked here: Registration closes July 1 at 12 p.m.

    ***Students who missed the July testing date can register by July 23 to take the test with Cumberland Unviersity on August 5. 


    Students who are interested in one of the Volunteer State Early College Programs and who do not have a valid ACT score can schedule a time to take the online Accuplacer exam, an approved college entrance exam  for Volunteer State. Click here to schedule an appointment to test online, via Zoom proctoring.

    *Please note that an equivalent score on the residual ACT offered by Cumberland University and the Accuplacer exam offered by Volunteer State will only allow for a contingent admission to an early college program for the fall semester. All students must have a 21+ ACT composite score to continue in the early college program and take courses in the spring semester. 


    Program Opportunities


    * Each Program Pathway's courses are hyperlinked above.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Must be a rising 11th or 12th grader in 2021-2022
    • Must have an unweighted GPA of a 3.0 for each semester of high school
    • Must have an ACT score of 21+ (or an equivalent score on a college entrance exam)
    • Must have no discipinary incidents that resulted in suspension while in high school
    • Must have exemplary attendance while in high school
    • Must meet all Dual Enrollment Grant Eligibility Requirements
    • Must complete all applicaiton requirements. (Application will be linked here on June 15, 2021)

    Application Requirements:



    Tuition costs for students officially admitted into the above Early College Programs by Wilson County Schools 2021-2022 will be paid out of Innovative High School Grant Funds by Wilson County Schools after Dual Enrollment Grant and Middle College Scholarship funds are applied towards students' tuition expenses. Other costs may be the responsibility of the student and his/her guardian.


    Frequently Asked Questions