School allows high school juniors, seniors to earn up to two years of college for free
HENDERSON, Nev. – Aug. 13 is the last day local high school students can register to attend Nevada State High School for the upcoming semester, a school that allows Southern Nevada high school juniors and seniors to earn up to two years of college credit for free.
NSHS, located in Henderson, works with incoming juniors and seniors on their college curriculum and personally enrolls students into college courses that work together with the current state of Nevada high school requirements. As a result, students receive high school and college credits for the classes they take and can graduate from high school with an associate’s degree or with most of their general education courses completed for their bachelor’s degree.
Every new student who enrolls with Nevada State High School (junior or senior) is required to take a two-week Introduction to College course prior to beginning their college classes. The course, which will take place from Aug. 16-Aug. 27 at the Henderson Convention Center – located at 200 South Water Street – was created to smoothly transition high school students into the college atmosphere. The course covers topics including what to expect in a college course, how to interact with college professors, how to research and write a college paper, creating academic plans, importance of community service, team building and more.
Incoming high school juniors and seniors enrolled at Clark County public and private schools are eligible to apply for NSHS as long as they have completed 11 high school credits and have a 2.0 GPA. Once accepted into the school, NSHS works with students on their college curriculum and personally enrolls students into college courses that work together with the Clark County School District high school coursework in order for students to receive dual credit for both high school and college courses. NSHS also works with students to keep them active in their zoned high school’s extracurricular activities to ensure that students don’t miss out on traditional high school experiences.
This spring, NSHS graduated 92 students – 100 percent of its senior class – and, since opening its doors in 2004 and its first graduating class in 2005 the school has graduated more than 400 students. Enrollment in NSHS is open through Aug. 13.
Applications and additional information on Nevada State High School can be found online at www.earlycollegenv.com or by calling 702-953-2600.