Early College Academy (ECA)

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ECA Info Session – Elkton High School (CCPS)

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https://cecil-edu.zoom.us/j/93482370594
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Webinar ID:
934 8237 0594

International numbers available: https://cecil-edu.zoom.us/u/abWJInnG8T

ECA Info Session – Perryville High School (CCPS)

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Webinar ID:
987 8378 7026

International numbers available: https://cecil-edu.zoom.us/u/abjgEwVpAM

ECA Info Session – Oxford High School

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https://cecil-edu.zoom.us/j/94920204871
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Webinar ID:
949 2020 4871

International numbers available: https://cecil-edu.zoom.us/u/amb30lXua

ECA Info Session – Local Homeschool Students

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https://cecil-edu.zoom.us/j/99367733364
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US: (301) 715-8592, then 99367733364# or (312) 626-6799, then 99367733364#
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Webinar ID:
993 6773 3364

International numbers available: https://cecil-edu.zoom.us/u/aZmljfjO

About Early College Academy

The Early College Academy (ECA) enrolls students beginning in grade 9. Successful students complete high school with a high school diploma (or its equivalent) and an Associates of Arts degree in General Studies from Cecil College.

Prior to their freshman year, ECA students participate in an orientation program to introduce them to academic expectations and resources available to them during their four years in the program. Throughout their enrollment, students are supported by tutors and advisors from Cecil College. While taking classes, students are guided through seminars and individualized advising to help them build the academic skills needed to succeed in high school and college coursework.

Cecil College has three separate Early College Academies. The first began in the 2014/2015 in partnership with Oxford Area School District in Pennsylvania. The second academy began in the 2017/2018 with local homeschool families and our third academy began in 2018/2019 in partnership with Cecil County Public Schools.

Selection Process for CCPS, Oxford, and Homeschool Students

Admission into the Early College Academy will be based on the following factors:

  • Students must be 14 years of age by December 31st
  • Minimum of 3.0 unweighted grade point average
  • Successful completion of Algebra I (or higher) in mathematics
  • Official middle school transcript or its equivalent
  • Review of student questionnaire

Note: No preference will be given for early applications. Applications will only be reviewed for completeness prior to the application deadline. All applications for acceptance will be evaluated at the same time.

Confirmation of Acceptance

After applications are reviewed, students accepted into ECA will receive a letter of acceptance from the Director of Early College. Upon receipt of an acceptance letter, students must sign an ECA letter of intent, confirming acceptance into their perspective Academy.

Fall Orientation

Accepted students will attend the mandatory orientation night in August.

How to Enroll

For 8th grade students interested in enrolling in one of Cecil College's Early College Academies, the process varies depending on where they plan to attend high school.

Cecil County Public High School Students

Students planning to attend a Cecil County public high school can find information about enrolling in ECA on ccps.org.

Applications can be printed and filled out, then turned into your guidance counselor at your school. The deadline for applications is April 16, 2021.

Oxford Area High School Students

Students planning to attend Oxford Area High School can find information about enrolling in ECA on oxfordasd.org. Cecil College is conveniently located just 20 minutes from Oxford, PA. Bus transportation is provided by OASD for Oxford High School ECA students traveling to the College.

Online Application Submissions

Submit the documents contained in the Oxford application packet to the following link by July 15, 2021: Oxford ECA Applications 2021. This link is secure and will be viewed by April Stern, Director of Early College. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Please do not email applications due to personal identifiable information (PII). This link is also available through oxfordasd.org.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email April Stern at astern@nullcecil.edu or call (410) 287-1045.

Homeschool Students

Online Application Submissions

The deadline for the Fall 2021 application has been extended until further notice. Please submit the documents contained in the homeschool application packet to the following link: Homeschool ECA Applications 2021. This link is secure and will be viewed by April Stern, Director of Early College. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Please do not email applications due to personal identifiable information (PII).

If you have any questions, please feel free to email April Stern at astern@nullcecil.edu or call (410) 287-1045.

Confirmation of Acceptance

After applications are reviewed, students accepted into the ECA will receive a letter of acceptance by July 15. Upon receipt of an acceptance letter, students must sign an ECA letter of intent, confirming acceptance into the Academy by August 1st. Signed letters can be sent via:

  • Email as a PDF attachment to April Stern, Director of Early College, at astern@nullcecil.edu.
  • Mail to:
    Cecil College
    Attn: April Stern, Director of Early College
    1 Seahawk Drive
    North East, MD 21901

Fall Orientation

Accepted students will attend the mandatory orientation night at Cecil College in August. ECA schedules will be provided the night of orientation.

More Information

If you have any questions or want more information about ECA, you can fill out our inquiry form or contact April Stern at (410) 287-1045 or astern@nullcecil.edu.

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