Arlington High School | Early Postsecondary Opportunities

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Early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs) include a course and/or exam that give students a chance to obtain postsecondary credit while still in high school. Courses (whether stand-alone or in conjunction with an exam for postsecondary credit) must be aligned to postsecondary standards.

Tennessee students have an unprecedented opportunity to pursue education and training beyond high school through Tennessee Promise, a scholarship and mentoring program which provides high school seniors with two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college in Tennessee. Early postsecondary opportunities ensure that students are ready to take full advantage of the Tennessee Promise and succeed in education and training after high school. Research has shown that students who participate in early postsecondary courses are more likely to enroll and persist in postsecondary environments.

EPSOs allow students to:

  • earn postsecondary credits while in high school

  • become familiar with postsecondary rigor and expectations

  • develop confidence and skills for success in postsecondary learning

  • make informed postsecondary and career decisions

  • decrease the time and cost of completing a certificate or degree

Why do epsos Matter?

Early Postsecondary Opportunities contribute to Ready Graduate Indicators. A Ready Graduate is a high school graduate who meets success milestones that increase the probability of seamlessly enrolling in post secondary education and securing high-quality employment.

Arlington High School offers a variety of ways for students to obtain EPSOs through Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, Local Dual Credit, Statewide Dual Credit courses and Industry Certifications. These opportunities help ensure that college credit and/or a technical credential is accessible to all high school students.

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Have questions? Contact the Arlington High School EPSO Specialist at