An online charter school that educates children from all over Louisiana is joining a small fraternity of public schools in the state that provides eligible students a pathway to earning an associate degree while they are still in high school.

University View Academy, formerly Louisiana Connections Academy, is launching its Early College High School in the fall and will include as many as 100 of its more than 250 ninth-graders. 

An early college is a high school program where students can take a substantial number of college-credit earning courses while still in high school. Early college differs from most high school dual enrollment programs in that it is designed to ensure that students will earn a high school diploma as well as a college associate degree on graduation day.

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