LPS Early College

  • This year Liberty Public Schools was excited to begin an Early College program through a partnership with Metropolitan Community College (MCC).  Juniors and seniors at our high schools have been given the opportunity to attend afternoon classes on the Maple Woods campus and receive college credit.  Our inaugural class has 23 students from both Liberty High School and Liberty North High School.  These students all met the college entrance requirements for MCC and are currently taking between 9-13 hours of college credit each semester. The majority of these classes will transfer to other colleges and universities if the student chooses to continue their education at another school. An even better incentive for students and families is that Liberty Public School pays for the courses and textbooks.

    Using research from the National Student Clearinghouse, researchers at the American Institutes for Research studied 10 early-college programs. Their research found that students who participated in an Early College program were more likely to enroll in a college or university and complete a degree after high school graduation. LPS is excited about the opportunity to grow this program over the coming years and make it available to more students. 

    Early College


    Going to MCC has been such a learning experience and has started to
    prepare me for the style of learning I will experience when I leave for a university.
    It is the best decision I have made in my high school career and I love it!”
    -McKenna Jones, a senior at Liberty North High School 


Student Benefits and Outcomes

    • Students will earn up to 12 college hours/semester of enrollment at MCC-Maple Woods at NO COST to families.
    • These college courses will count toward high school graduation requirements AND toward a college degree.
    • These courses may be part of the CORE 42 that are transferable to any publically-funded 4-year college or university in Missouri (additional information on CORE 42 is available below).
    • Students can make substantial progress toward earning an Associate of Arts.
    • Transportation will be provided for students from their home high school and back to their high school to complete their school day for MCC classes during designated times.


Steps to Complete

  • Complete the LPS Early College application
    Complete the MCC application
    Take ACT or Accuplacer
    Take the ACT by registering at www.act.org (cost $52). Speak to your counselor if you think you may be eligible for a fee waiver. -- Qualifying Scores: ACT Composite=18, ACT Math=22, ACT English=18
    Or, take the accuplacer. Free! You must apply to MCC at www.mcckc.edu to get a student ID number. Testing begins at 8am M-F, at Maple Woods. Call 816-604-1000 for more information -- Qualifying Scores: English and Math scores must meet ENG101 and Math115 or higher.
    Submit score report to the counseling office

    Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    Official student disciplinary record from school.
    Record of 90% attendance.
    College Readiness-Students need a qualifying ACT MCC placement Test score that places them into college level classes at MCC. ACT or MCC Accuplacer results must be submitted no later than 3.16.2020.
    Completed application and a signed agreement to abide by the expectations and responsibilities of the LPS Early College Academy
    Completion of the MCC application for enrollment.
    Discussion with Director of Advanced Studies or his designee.
    For additional information click here.

    Missouri CORE 42 College Course Transfer
    What does CORE 42 mean for you or your student?

    All college courses that are listed as a part of the CORE 42 course of study are transferable to any other public college or university in the state of Missouri. This legislation went into effect on January 1, 2018, so your student is assured that any course s/he takes at MCC within the CORE 42 will count toward a 4-year degree at any other public institution in this state.

    If your student completes all CORE 42 requirements, or an Associates of Art degree from a MO community college, s/he will not be required to take any additional general educational requirements at the university. Students who do not complete the CORE 42 or full Associate of Arts will still receive credit for the courses that have been completed toward a 4-year degree.

    This information is summarized from the CORE 42 manual produced by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. The full document including a comprehensive listing of exact course transfers, is here: https://dhe.mo.gov/core42.php

    Note: Not all classes listed on the document are available at MCC-Maple Woods.