Penn High School Principal Sean Galiher announced that Penn’s Early College Academy has received an endorsement as an Early College High School by The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning.
As an endorsed Early College High School by the CELL, Penn’s Early College Academy is regarded as an exemplar for other high schools across Indiana implementing an Early College program.
"The Early College Academy is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage in college-level course work,” Galiher said. “Receiving the endorsement as an Early College High School through CELL confirms all the hard work put forth by the students and staff who are a part of this academy the last five years.
“The Early College Academy provides a great overall experience for students,” Galiher continued. “Teachers focus on quality instruction, but also develop positive relationships with students and opportunities for students to develop socially and emotionally. We are proud of everyone associated with the Early College Academy."
Penn’s Early College Academy is committed to implementing the eighth core principles as mandated by the CELL and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The core principles include establishing a college-going culture, rigorous instruction, supports for student success, and collaborative partnerships with Ivy Tech.
“As an Early College High School, we will serve as an exemplar for other schools and will present, share, and mentor others in our experiences and program,” said Penn Assistant Principal Beth Zachary, who oversees the Early College Academy. “This recognition truly belongs to our students, their families, and to our dedicated and committed staff.
“For me, personally, being the Assistant Principal for Early College since its implementation has been one the most challenging and fulfilling experiences of my career,” Zachary said. “This program is changing the lives and futures of our students and it is a privilege to be a part of something that is making such a profound difference.”
Penn’s status as an Early College High School will be reviewed in 2022-2023.