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Early College Programs

The Appoquinimink School District partners with colleges and universities that offer early college credits. Early College programs offer dual credit opportunities for students and students are able to self enroll in the program. Students are able to receive high school credit by submitting their college transcript to their school counselor. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves and earn credits that allow them to matriculate directly into their post-secondary studies

The Appoquinimink School District encourages students to explore Early College Programs from the college of their choice. Whenever possible, students should take courses at the college that they would like to attend or at one institution.

Advantages include an increased likelyhood of being accepted to that institution and

receiving Advanced Standing credits.

University Partners

Early Bird Program

The Early Bird Program is for juniors and seniors attending high school in the State of Delaware who wish to earn college credit while still attending high school during the Fall and/or Spring. In order to qualify for the program, students must be recommended by their high school principal or guidance counselor. Interested students should complete the online application, obtain a letter of recommendation from their principal or guidance counselor, and have written approval from their parents.  A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better is also required.  Early Bird applicants may enroll for no more than six (6) credit hours per semester. Please be mindful that if you enroll in a science course, a one-hour accompanying lab is required.  The cost for this program is consistent with the University’s published fees.  Students whose cumulative high school grade point averages are 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale are entitled to six (6) hours of free tuition per semester. All students will still be responsible for fees – lab, technology, parking, etc. Students may not enroll in the Early Bird program if they have already graduated from high school.  If accepted into the program, an updated high school transcript must be submitted to the Office of Admissions prior to each semester they wish to participate.

Early College Credit Program

  • Academically qualified juniors and seniors from participating Delaware public, charter and private high schools may take UD general education courses offered through the ECC program. Students may take a maximum of two courses per semester, provided they maintain good academic standing.

  • Upon successful completion of courses, students are awarded college credit. These credits will decrease the time to completion and cost of a UD bachelor’s degree (provided students are admitted to UD). Students can also apply UD credit toward degrees at other universities and colleges, pending approval by the receiving institutions.

  • Courses are taught at the introductory level by outstanding UD faculty who are leaders in their fields.

  • Classes include both UD undergraduates and high school students, giving students a genuine college experience before they attend college.

  • The ECC courses are taught asynchronously online to high school and UD campus students through Canvas (UD’s learning management system).


Wilmington University

Wilmington University Pre-College programs are an opportunity for you to experience what a college course is like while still attending high school. These programs allow high-achieving high school students, capable of meeting an increased challenge, the opportunity to earn college credit by taking Wilmington University courses right on-site at your high school or Wilmington University location.

High School Access Early College Program

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Johns Hopkins University

Are you an academically advanced high school student looking for a fast-paced college-level learning experience and a chance to engage with like-minded peers?

Summer at Hopkins offers an unrivaled opportunity to learn from Hopkins’ world-renowned instructors and connect with academically oriented students from around the globe. Select from a host of programs in medicine, neuroscience, and psychology to broaden your knowledge, enhance your college application, and earn academic credit.