Early College Program Information
The Early College Program in Newport News is a partnership between Newport News Public Schools and Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC).
The program is for high school seniors who plan to attend a college or university after they graduate from high school. Seniors in this program may earn up to 19 semester hours of college
credit prior to high school graduation.
The courses offered in this program are part of the Commonwealth College Course Collaborative (CCCC). Public colleges and universities have agreed to accept credit for these courses as
part of the college's general education program.
Who is eligible?
- Students who are able to complete all high school advanced diploma requirements by the end of the first semester of their senior year.
- Students who successfully place into TNCC’s English 111 (College Composition I) and English 112 (College Composition II) through the TNCC placement test, and successfully complete both courses with a grade of “C” or better during the first semester of their senior year.
- 3.0 minimum grade point average
What courses are available?
Early College Program includes the following core college
courses. Additional courses are available through NNPS and TNCC agreement. Students must maintain a "C" or better in the Early College Program.
- English 111 & 112
- General Biology I 101 & 102
- US History 121 & 122
- Introduction to Psychology 200
- Principles of Economics 201 & 202
- Chemistry 111
- General Physics 201
- Sociology 200
- Math 163 (Pre-Calculus)
- Math 173 (Calculus)
Why Early College?
- Earn transferable college credit while still in high
school at reduced college tuition rates.
- Reduce the amount of time to earn college or
- Participate in an exciting program during their
senior year that will allow them to start college
early with support.
What is the cost?
NNPS will pay for first semester. Students are
responsible for a half of the TNCC tuition second
semester and NNPS will pay the remaining balance
tuition second semester. (Reduced rates
are available for students that qualify.)
NNPS will purchase textbooks for Early College
courses and loan them to students. Textbooks will
distributed prior to the start of the classes and
collected at the end of the semester. Students who
fail to return textbooks will be required to pay the
full cost of the textbooks prior to graduation.