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Rising Phoenix Manitowoc Lincoln High School

A New Kind of
College Prep

Get a head start on college while in high school.

The Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program is an innovative collaboration between UW-Green Bay and Manitowoc Public School District to provide promising high school students an opportunity to get a head start on college by earning their high school diploma and a two-year Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree.


student standing by Phoenix wings

Student Benefits

Many students and their families have questions about Rising Phoenix. We share the answers to the most common questions we receive. Check out our FAQs for Students page. If you need to share this information in Spanish or another language, please use Google Translate.

Student Success Coach

Students will work individually and consistently with a Student Success Coach and school counselor. They will provide academic and social-emotional support and advise on course selection, major/career exploration, and transition planning upon graduation.

No Cost

Cost is fully covered by the Manitowoc Public School District.

Flexible Schedules

Flexible class schedules will be developed in order to fit individual student needs, allowing for students to continue to engage in extra-curricular activities. Students will be enrolled in college courses at their high school, online and/or in-person at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus.

Learn Together

Students will learn and grow together, such as enrolling in the same First Year Seminar course and participating in an optional peer mentor program.


UW-Green Bay’s Accessibility Services Office will help students with a documented disability (IEP, 504), with academic accommodations.

Concurrent Graduation

Through the program, students will concurrently fulfill their high school graduation requirements and UW-Green Bay’s Associate of Arts and Sciences degree requirements at the same time.

students talking during an information session
Rising Phoenix Orientation

Green Bay Campus

Information Sessions

Join us for a Zoom or in-person session.

Students, parents/guardians and school staff are invited to learn more about how the program works and discuss the program’s benefits to determine if it is a fit for the student. We are offering both virtual and in-person options. Join us!

Upcoming Information Sessions


Wednesday, February 7
9:38-10:27 a.m.
Manitowoc Lincoln High School


Wednesday, February 14
6-7 p.m.

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About the AAS Degree

An Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) Degree requires students to complete 60 college credits that include general education courses and an area of emphasis. With an AAS degree, you have essentially completed the first two years of a bachelor’s degree! You can either continue with UW-Green Bay or transfer to another 4-year college or university where your general education requirements will likely be completed. Students are also able to jump right into the workforce with an AAS degree. Learn more about the AAS Degree.

Eligibility Criteria

Students apply as sophomores and are enrolled in the program as juniors and seniors.

UW-Green Bay will facilitate a holistic admissions process, assessing students individually based on academic and personal backgrounds. We are looking for students who have shown the maturity, academic readiness, and a genuine desire to succeed in college. Rising Phoenix is designed to support students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

Students must meet the following requirements:
  • Currently enrolled in 10th Grade at Manitowoc Lincoln High School 
  • 3.0 GPA average or above will be encouraged, although not required
  • Demonstration of academic excellence or college readiness
  • School attendance
  • Recommendations by high school teachers and school counselors
  • Expression of interest in an early college opportunity

Application Steps

Below are the steps students take towards admission and enrollment into the Rising Phoenix Program. 

The Rising Phoenix application is now open.

The priority application deadline is March 20, 2024.

1. Student Application

Complete the online application by clicking the "apply now" button below! An essay and student and parent/guardian expectations and FERPA forms are required. 

Apply Now

We recommend preparing your essay before completing the application. Please address all 3 of these prompts within your essay (1.5-3 pages in length, double spaced): 
Questions include:
  • Why are you interested in participating in the Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program?
  • Describe a time when you overcame a serious challenge. Explain the details of the situation and how you handled things and worked through things.
  • As a Rising Phoenix student, you will take college-level coursework at your high school, online, and/or on one of the UW-Green Bay campuses in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marinette, or Sheboygan. How will you utilize social and academic resources and support during your journey? Please be specific. If you need some help with where to start, see example responses.
2. Teacher Recommendations

Teachers submit recommendations by clicking the button below! Two recommendations are required, one in a core subject area (English/language arts, math, social studies, science).

teacher recommendation form

3. Student Transcripts & Attendance Record

Email high school transcript and attendance record to School counselor or district staff member provides documents to review committee.

4. Admissions
The priority application deadline is March 20, 2024.*

* If space allows, we will accept applications on a rolling basis beyond this date.
Students are notified of admissions decisions by early April 2024.

Example Student Schedule

A student's schedule may include a manageable blend of classes at their high school, on a UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus or online.

 8 a.m. 

8:30 a.m.
Math 101: Advanced Algebra
8:25-9:20 a.m.
Success Coach Check-In
8:30-9:15 a.m.
Math 101: Advanced Algebra
8:25-9:20 a.m.

9 a.m.

9:30 a.m.
Human Biol 102: Intro to Human
Biology 9:30-10:50 a.m.

Human Biol 102: Intro to Human
Biology 9:30-10:50 a.m.

10 a.m.

10:30 a.m.Writing Foundations 100: First Year Writing10:35-11:30 a.m.Writing Foundations 100: First Year Writing10:35-11:30 a.m.
11 a.m.
11:30 a.m.

12 p.m.

12:30 p.m.1st Yr Sem: The Art & Science of Living & Learning
12:45-1:40 p.m.
Pol Sci: American Government
& Politics 12:30-1:50 p.m.
1st Yr Sem: The Art & Science of Living & Learning
12:45-1:40 p.m.
Pol Sci: American Government
& Politics 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Pol Sci: American Government
& Politics 12:30-1:50 p.m.
1 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
2 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

3 p.m.Band 2:45-3:30 p.m.Band 2:45-3:30 p.m.Band 2:45-3:30 p.m.Band 2:45-3:30 p.mBand 2:45-3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
UW-Green Bay Student Success Coach, Becky Lahti

Have Questions?

Contact UW-Green Bay Student Success Coach Becky Lahti at (920) 366-3954 or

Email us