Newsweek deems YEC a top high school

newsweek-logoNewsweek magazine gives Youngstown Early College a gold star as one of the nation’s top high schools.

YEC, a partnership of the Youngstown city schools and YSU, is included on the magazine’s 2014 list of Top Schools for Low-Income Students. The school, housed in Fedor Hall on the YSU campus, also gets a gold star for performing better than the state average in reading and math.

Newsweek said the list recognizes “schools that beat the odds,” performing better than statistically expected for their level of poverty. The magazine reports YEC’s poverty rate at 87 percent.

It is only the latest in a series of recognitions for the school, including five consecutive years as an Ohio School of Excellence.

YEC, started in 2004, enrolls Youngstown city school ninth- through 12th-graders who are considered academically at risk. Students take high school classes at Fedor and, at the same time, upper class students enroll in regular YSU college classes. In four years, students graduate with a high school diploma, and some have enough college credits for an associate degree. After graduating from YEC, about 80 percent of the students enroll at YSU to pursue bachelor’s degrees.

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