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Managing Expectations and Striving to Succeed: A Portrait of a Latino Male Student's Experience in an Early College High School

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Early College High Schools (ECHS) are often located on a community college campus, and they provide students with the opportunity to simultaneously earn their Associate's degree and high school diploma. By using Lawrence-Lightfoot's approach to portraiture, I highlight the unique experiences of one Latino male enrolled in an ECHS in North Texas. The findings suggest that a key challenge for ECHS students is managing a demanding college course schedule while in high school. Among the advantages, this study reveals ECHS students can benefit from small classes, personalized instruction, and in-depth faculty-student relationships. Recommendations for practice are offered based on the findings.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2016

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