Early College Academy 2020

August, 2020

What Drives Early College?

The Early College Academy is aligned with the Trinity Washington University mission. This program will enable students attending DC Public Schools to access a vast amount of opportunity. The ECA program is fertile ground for students as they strive to complete a post-secondary degree. The Early College Academy (ECA) at Coolidge gives District of Columbia Public School students the opportunity to earn their high school diploma and an Associate’s degree from Trinity Washington University. Eighth grade DCPS students apply to Coolidge through a city-wide application.

The first cohort, the class of 2023, will begin their 9th grade at Coolidge in the fall of 2019. In the spring of their sophomore year at Coolidge, they will apply for the Trinity program, and will have the college experience in grades 11 & 12. Accepted students will take all classes at the Trinity campus, beginning in the fall of 2021, while remaining a Coolidge student.

Sociology 100

This summer all ECA students participated in our Sociology 100 course. The sociology class focused on understanding sociological theories and perspectives, applying these perspectives to existing and extant societies, along with analyzing current social problems that impact the lives of students.

The ECA Sociology 100 course was constructed to help students gain insight into the connection between social structures and individual circumstances. Sociology professors urged students to evaluate the impact of socialization in different areas of the general society and in personal experiences. Participating in large group discussions allowed students to share ideas and perspectives around a variety of topics. At times, lectures and assigned readings led to classroom discussions that were both student-generated and student-facilitated. On occasion, students introduced ancillary topics that challenged perspectives and broadened thinking. For instance, when discussing  intersectionality, students raised questions about the convergence of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Queer/Gay Rights Movement. Specifically, students considered how the intersectionality might manifest for Black LGBTQ individuals. Sociology 100 enabled students to think critically and engage with the content.

Methods of Teaching Dual Enrollment Grad Course

Not only will Coolidge High School students have access to Trinity’s world-class educational experiences, but so will their teachers. Coolidge teachers assigned to the Early College Academy will participate in a series of workshops for the graduate course Methods of Teaching Dual Enrollment.

The course is meant to explore research-based and evidence-based methodology, along with historical best practices for ensuring the success of high school students concurrently enrolled in undergraduate classes.

Outstanding Students

For exceptional academic achievement, self-regulation and awareness:

  • Diarou (Dee) Bayo

For critical thinking, engagement, contributions to discussions & overall achievement:

  • Karla Amaya-Rodriguez
  • Mariana Bermudez

For in-class engagement and contributions to discussion:

  • Moises Amador-Robles
  • Kalyn Tobin
  • Courtly Akuma
  • Kennedy Worsley
  • Marcus Hines
  • Andrew Ratcliff

For intense, focused effort and discussion facilitation:

  • Karla Amaya Rodriguez
  • Mariana Bermudez
  • Diarou Bayo
  • Cristela Bonilla
  • Ashlee Davis
  • Jarel Duell
  • Emilie-Reine Kpadea
  • Breatriz Mendez-Perez
  • Mekhi Shephard
  • Jully Juarez-Cinto
  • Daestinee Small