Mishicot High School

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Early College High School Program

 

A New Kind of College Prep

The Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program is an innovative collaboration between the Mishicot Public School District and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to provide high school students an opportunity to get a head start on college. A group of current sophomore students at Mishicot High School will be admitted to the Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program. Students will become dually enrolled in college credit courses at Mishicot High School and UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus. At graduation, students could earn their Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree, giving them a significant head start on their college degree. The cost of the program will be shared between families and the Mishicot School District. The program will also offer quality educational partnerships that will support student learning and growth in the Mishicot community. The first cohort with Mishicot High School started in Fall 2021.

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Positive Effects of Early College

Research shows that students who enroll in early college or dual credit have improved postsecondary persistence and a higher rate of degree or credential completion.

Information Sessions (Coming February 2023)

Information sessions will be held for students and families to learn more about the program. The goal is to share how the program works, discuss the support available and share the benefits of the program to ensure that it is a fit for the student and their family. 

IN-PERSON Information Session (students only)
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Time: During Advisement, 2:35pm-3:07pm
Location: Mishicot High School

VIRTUAL Information Session (students and families)
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Zoom, Access Link: https://wisconsin-edu.zoom.us/j/93274547474?pwd=Ukdsb2dYRStOYU8weXdmS0J0b0w5dz09

Student Benefits

  • Every student will work individually and consistently with a Student Success Coach and school counselor. The coach and counselor will assist students throughout the program admissions process, advising, providing academic and social support and serving as a transition specialist upon graduation.
  • The cost of the program will be shared between families and the Mishicot School District. If your family has a financial need, please talk with your school counselor.
  • Flexible class schedules will be developed in order to fit individual student needs. Students will take a combination of college credit courses at Mishicot High School, UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc or online. Students are also able to take regular high school courses at Mishicot (band, choir, etc.). Students will be able to participate in extra curricular activities both at high school and on campus. 
  • Students will learn together as a cohort, supporting each other and sharing resources.
  • ​UW-Green Bay’s Student Accessibility Services will help students with a documented disability (IEP, 504), with academic accommodations.
  • Students will graduate with their High School Diploma and the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree (60 credits).

About the 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.


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Timeline

Admissions process begins in winter and rolls out with a cohort of Mishicot High School juniors in fall through their projected graduation in spring two years later. Students apply as sophomores and are enrolled in the program as juniors and seniors.
 

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Why College-Ready Matters?

The skills and knowledge students need to be admitted to college are the same ones they need to succeed at a job. Being college-ready means students are ready to do well in a four-year university, a two-year college, an apprenticeship or a job.

Student Schedule Example

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

Legend: Orange = Mishicot High School; Green = UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus
 
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1st Block
7:55-9:28 a.m.
COMM SC 198:
First Year Seminar
COMM SCI 198:
First Year Seminar
COMM SCI 198:
First Year Seminar
COMM SCI 198:
First Year Seminar
COMM SCI 198:
First Year Seminar
2nd Block
9:35-11 a.m.
MATH 104:
Precalculus
MATH 104:
​Precalculus
MATH 104:
​Precalculus
MATH 104:
​Precalculus
MATH 104:
​Precalculus
           
12:45-1 p.m. ENG COMP 100:
First Year Writing
POL SCI 101:
American Government
& Politics
ENG COMP 100:
​First Year Writing
POL SCI 101:
American Government
& Politics
ENG COMP 100:
​First Year Writing
           
2:15-3:35 p.m. HUM BIOL 102:
Intro to Human 
Biology
  HUM BIOL 102:
Intro to Human 
​Biology
   

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Cost Info

If your family has a financial need, please talk with your school counselor.
Estimated Cost Per Semester
(15 College Credits)
Family Cost $1,100
District Cost $900 + instructional expenses                                                
   
Estimated Cost for Completion of Associate of Arts & Sciences Degree
(60 College Credits)
Family Cost $4,400
District Cost $3,544 + instructional expenses
   
Estimated Cost Savings for Families*
Per Semester (15 College Credits) $2,034 - $3,237
Completion of Associate of Arts & Sciences Degree
60 College Credits)
$8,135-$12,948
 

* Savings based on UW-Green Bay tuition rates.

Application Process 

UW-Green Bay will facilitate a holistic admissions process, assessing students individually based on academic and personal backgrounds. All admission decisions will be made by UW-Green Bay staff in collaboration with Mishicot High School counselors. We are looking for students who have shown the maturity, academic readiness and grit needed to succeed at advanced education. 

Admissions criteria will include:
  • 3.0 grade point average or above will be encouraged, although not required 
  • Demonstration of academic excellence or college readiness
  • School attendance
  • Recommendation by high school teachers and school counselors
  • ​Expression of interest in an early college opportunity
Additional criteria considered may include:
  • First generation college student (parents do not have a bachelor's degree)
  • ​Free or reduced lunch eligible (demonstrate financial need)

Ongoing Student Support

The Student Success Coach and school counselors will work with Rising Phoenix students to develop course schedules that allow them to fulfill the objectives of dual enrollment and also pursue their interests.

Students will have ongoing support every step of the way!

Priority Application Deadline: March 15, 2023

 

Application Steps

Student Application
Complete online application. Short answer responses and student and parent/guardian expectations and FERPA forms are required.


We recommend preparing your responses to the essay questions prior to starting the online form. Essay 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.
See example responses if you need some help with where to start. 
 Teacher Recommendations
Teachers submit recommendations online. Two recommendations are required, one in a core subject area (English/language arts math, social studies, science).
Student Transcript & Attendance Record
Email high school transcript and attendance record to risingphoenix@uwgb.edu. School counselor or district staff member provides documents to review committee.
Admissions

Students are notified of admissions decisions by early April 2023.

Questions?

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Kayla Boguski
UW-Green Bay Rising Phoenix Student Success Coach
Tel. 920-366-8219
Email. risingphoenix@uwgb.edu
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Hleeda Vang
UW-Green Bay Rising Phoenix Student Success Coach
Tel. 920-366-9683
Email. risingphoenix@uwgb.edu 
Amanda Bergel
Mishicot High School Counselor
Tel. 920-755-3301
Email. abergel@mishicot.k12.wi.us