The first group of Cleveland Heights High School students in the R.E.A.L. Early College began classes on the John Carroll University campus last week. R.E.A.L. stands for “Relevant, Experiential, Active Learning.” R.E.A.L. Early College is a collaboration between John Carroll and the Cleveland Heights-University Heights (CH-UH) School District. The program began two years ago when the students were freshmen. They were required to demonstrate mastery of their core classes before enrolling at JCU this year. Now juniors, the students also continue to take classes at Heights High. They can experience all that high school has to offer while earning up to two years of college credit at JCU. Mark Storz, Ph.D., associate dean of graduate studies in John Carroll’s College of Arts and Sciences, was invited to speak to the CH-UH Board of Education about the highlights of the collaboration and the outstanding student participants.
From left: Bridget Lambright (CH-UH teacher), Jonathan Hicks (student), Alisa McKinnie (R.E.A.L. Early College High School principal), Landry Snead (student), and Mark Storz, Ph.D. (associate dean for graduate studies, John Carroll University)