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LaVergne High School's Early College at Motlow State offers students in the 11th grade the opportunity to earn college hours along with high school credits. Students who complete the program at the end of their senior year, will earn a high school diploma and an Associate Degree in General Studies from Motlow. Note that there will be interviews required and a minimum ACT composite score of 19.

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Once accepted by LHS, students will need to fill out a Motlow application.

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General Information & Eligibility 

  1. Students must meet the dual enrollment college admission requirement of a 3.0 GPA (Grade Point Average).  
  2. Qualify for the Middle/Early College Grant and be legal Tennessee residents for at least one year.  
  3. Provide proof of citizenship or legal residency and have a valid Social Security Number. 
  4. Maintain a 3.0 collegiate GPA to remain eligible for the Middle/Early College Grant. Loss of the grant could result in removal from Early College.  
  5. An ACT score is required, with a 21 ACT composite recommended.   
  6. Students are responsible for tuition of $50 per class.  
  7. Meet all the deadlines for enrollment and fee payment. Students who do not submit their applications or tuition payments on time may be dropped from Early College.  
  8. Grades earned will be included in the high school GPA and posted on the transcript. Making a poor grade in any class will negatively impact the high school and college GPAs, limiting access to academic scholarship money.  
  9. Early College dual enrollment classes are college-level courses. Students must be willing and able to fulfill the additional requirements and time commitments of taking a college class. Collegiate classes may include further outside reading, research projects/papers, communicating with an off-campus professor, etc.   
  10. Early College courses are taught at Motlow State's Smyrna campus by Motlow State professors.   
  11. Students in the Early College program earn 60 college hours towards an Associate Degree in General Studies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Juniors and seniors who participate in this advanced program will simultaneously earn credits for an Associate Degree in General Studies and a high school diploma. Students take all classes at Motlow State's Smyrna campus. Students must meet all the deadlines for enrollment and fee payment. 

  • LHS students who meet all the dual enrollment requirements, including a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Students who earn a minimum ACT composite score of 19.
  • Students who meet eligibility for the Middle/Early College Scholarship.
  • Students who are legal residents of the United States and reside in Tennessee for at least one year to qualify for the Middle/Early College Scholarship.

For complete scholarship information, visit TN CollegePays.

The Middle/Early College Scholarship is related to the Dual Enrollment Grant. In partnership with Motlow State, this scholarship allows Early College students to take college classes for $50 per class Plus any lab or access fees. The cost for the Early College Program is approximately $250 per semester for the junior and senior years, which totals roughly $1,000 for the entire program. Students are responsible for this cost. More information is available at TN CollegePays. Rutherford County Schools very generously provides college textbooks, so there is no additional cost.

Students must maintain maintain a 3.0 GPA in college classes to receive the Middle/Early College Scholarship. The collegiate GPA is separate from the high school GPA. If the collegiate GPA drops below 2.75, then the student could be dropped from the Early College program. College Grading Scale: 100 - 90 = A = 4 pts.  89 - 80  = B = 3 pts.  79 – 70  = C = 2 pts.  69 – 60  = D = 1 pts.  59 & Below = F = 0 pts. Parents may view students’ grades in D2L by logging onto the student’s MyMotlow Account.

Early College students receive help from LaVergne High and Motlow State personnel at the LHS campus. Students who do not submit applications or tuition payments on time may be dropped from the Early College Program.

Early College students are working toward a Associate of Science Degree in General Studies from Motlow State. Upon completing the Early College Program, students will earn a High School Diploma and an Associate of Science Degree.

The Early College Program is incredibly challenging! Students are full-time college students, and all the classes are college-level courses. Students must be willing and able to fulfill the additional requirements and time commitments of taking a college class. Collegiate courses may include further outside reading, research projects/papers, and communicating with professors. Grades earned in college classes are factored into the high school GPA and appear on the high school transcript. Although points may differ from Motlow when applied to LHS transcript. (4 points are added from LHS to dual enrollment classes.) A poor grade in any course will negatively impact the student's GPAs and may limit access to academic scholarship funds.

All Early College junior and senior classes are held on Motlow State's Smyrna campus. Students will not take any classes at LaVergne High School. 

The high school graduation pathway will become "dual enrollment."

LaVergne High School will provide regular school lunches on the Motlow campus. Students may also bring their lunches. Students are not allowed to leave the Motlow campus for lunch. Time for lunch will be embedded in the Motlow schedule.

Students may ride the school bus to LaVergne High School. A LaVergne High School bus will then transport students from from the LHS campus to and from the Motlow State's Smyrna campus. The morning and afternoon commute is approximately 2 miles. With signed parental permission, students may also drive themselves.  

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