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Early College High School Program

Thank you for your interest in the Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program!

If you have a question that we haven’t answered here, feel free to contact Sam.
 
  1. I don’t go to a participating Rising Phoenix school. Can I still participate?
  2. What will my typical day look like if I’m in the program?
  3. It looks like I will earn my high school diploma and opportunity to earn my Associate of Arts & Sciences degree at the same time. How will I complete high school graduation requirements at a campus location of UW-Green Bay?
  4. What is an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree? Why would I want to earn one?
  5. What if I don’t complete the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree? Will I still graduate high school?
  6. Will my courses go on my high school transcript and college transcript?
  7. Do my classes and grades count as real college courses and credits? What does that mean for when I apply and go to college after graduation?
  8. If I enroll in Rising Phoenix Early College High School, will I still be able to take band, choir, or other courses that I want to take at my high school?
  9. Can I still participate in extracurricular activities at my high school?
  10. If I have an IEP or 504 plan, will I be able to use any of my accommodations at UW-Green Bay?
  11. Will I be in classes with other UW-Green Bay students?
  12. What if I decide that the Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program isn’t a fit for me?
  13. Is there a minimum GPA required to stay in the program?
  14. Will my family or I need to pay for anything for the program?
  15. How will students be selected?
I don’t go to a participating Rising Phoenix school. Can I still participate?
No, the Rising Phoenix Program is only for participating schools and school districts with an agreement with UW-Green Bay. The K-12 and Community Relations office at UW-Green Bay offers a number of other great opportunities for K-12 students that you can check out here!
 
What will my typical day look like if I’m in the program?
This depends on if you will be taking ALL of your classes at a UW-Green Bay campus location, or if you will be going back to your high school to take any courses (such as band or choir). If you are taking all of your classes through UW-Green Bay, you will spend your school day at a UW-Green Bay campus location. You will likely only have 2-3 classes a day, which will leave room for studying, eating, and attending campus events in between! If you take classes at both UW-Green Bay and your high school, you may spend part of your day at each location - we will work with each student to create a schedule designed to meet your need. Here is a sample schedule of what your day could look like.
 
It looks like I will earn my high school diploma and opportunity to earn my Associate of Arts & Sciences degree at the same time. How will I complete high school graduation requirements at UW-Green Bay?
You will technically be enrolled at a UW-Green Bay campus location and your high school at the same time. This means that even though you are taking classes at UW-Green bay and earning those college credits, you will also be satisfying your high school graduation requirements with your UW-Green Bay courses! 
 
What is an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree? Why would I want to earn one?
An Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree requires students to complete 60 credits (approximately 20 classes) that include general education courses (ex. social science, math, global culture) and an area of emphasis (ex. Business, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts, etc.). With an AAS degree, you have essentially completed the first two years of a bachelor’s degree! That means, after you graduate, you may only have two years left to earn that 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.
 
What if I don’t complete the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree? Will I still graduate high school?
If you don’t complete the AAS degree, that’s okay! Any credits that you do earn through UW-Green Bay will still count as college credits and will help you to have a jump start on your college degree! You can either continue with UW-Green Bay or transfer those credits elsewhere. We will work closely with you and your school counselor to ensure that you are still satisfying your high school graduation requirements.
 
Will my courses go on my high school and college transcripts?
Any courses that you take at UW-Green Bay will go both on your high school transcript and UW-Green Bay transcript. Any courses that you take at your high school will just go on your high school transcript. When applying to colleges during your senior year, you will need to send both transcripts to the school you’re applying to.
 
Do my classes and grades count as real college courses and credits? What does that mean for when I apply and go to college after graduation?
Yes! Your transcript at UW-Green Bay will look just like any other UW-Green Bay students'. This transcript at will be a part of your permanent academic record which means you need to send it any time that you apply to a college or university. This can certainly help you with college admissions if the college you apply to sees that you took rigorous courses on a college campus and did well! Your courses will be with you as you continue, whether at UW-Green Bay or somewhere else! Do know that if you don’t do well in your courses, those grades still stay with you and may affect college admissions decisions and/or financial aid.
 
If I enroll in Rising Phoenix, will I still be able to take band, choir, and other courses that I want to take at my high school?
Yes! You will work closely with the Student Success Coach and your school counselor to create a schedule that fits your needs.
 
Can I still participate in extracurricular activities at my high school?
Yes! Even if you take all of your courses at a UW-Green Bay campus location, you are still enrolled at your high school. You can also participate in clubs, organizations and fun on a UW-Green Bay campus!
 
If I have an IEP or 504 plan, will I be able to use any of my accommodations at UW-Green Bay?
Yes! UW-Green Bay’s Student Accessibility Services will help students with a documented disability with academic accommodations. The Student Success Coach will help you to make that connection.
 
Will I be in classes with other UW-Green Bay students?
Yes, you will likely be in the classroom with other UW-Green Bay students, in addition to your Rising Phoenix classmates. Professors will be aware that high school students will be enrolled in their courses. 
 
What if I decide that Rising Phoenix isn’t a fit for me?
You will work closely with a UW-Green Bay Student Success Coach during your time in the program to ensure that you are receiving support both academically and personally. We want what is best for you and if the program isn’t a good fit for you, your school counselor and Student Success Coach will work with you to transition back to your high school full-time. There are deadlines to consider, but we will work with you on them.
 
Is there a minimum GPA required to stay in the program?
Throughout the program, students will be encouraged to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0. If a student is between 2.0 - 3.0, they will meet with the Student Success Coach on a weekly basis to set goals and help you stick to them. If a student falls below a 2.0, the student may be transitioned out of Rising Phoenix.
 
Will my family or I need to pay for anything for the program?
Each program is different. Please talk to your School Counselor for more information.
 
How will students be selected?
Students, teachers, and counselors will be asked to complete application materials in order to get an idea of student readiness. Please read more about our holistic process. Students who aren’t selected will be notified if they are placed on a wait list and will have the opportunity to explore other college credit programs that UW-Green Bay offers.
 

Program Information

For more information about the Rising Phoenix Program, please contact Sam Post, Rising Phoenix Program Manager.

920-465-2866