Alternative high school offers fast track to college

Students at the alternative Niles Community High School often arrive
short on credits to graduate for a variety of reasons. But a new
dual-enrollment program with community colleges helps these
non-traditional students make up their credits while receiving exposure
to college coursework and expectations.

96% of Niles students are enrolled in college before graduation, and the
school boasts the highest graduation rate and lowest dropout numbers of
any alternative school in Metro Detroit. The program, while allowing
students to take college classes, also requires students to learn about
college financial aid, note-taking, paper-writing tips and take tours of
local colleges.


Nate Dillard, 18, was short on credits when he arrived, but now he’ll graduate on time with college credit.

“Dual enrollment was a good experience to see what college is like,” he
said. “It pushed me to work harder in school, get help on all the
papers I had to write and helped me see where education goes after high

Dillard plans to enter the U.S. Air Force and pursue a bachelor’s degree.

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