What is Early College?

The R.E.A.L. Early College High School is a collaboration between the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District and John Carroll University. During their first two years of high school, students take accelerated courses in science, social studies, math and English. Students can qualify to attend John Carroll University during their second two years of high school to earn both high school and college credit.

Why Become a Mentor?

  • Share your knowledge and experience
  • Make a difference in a person’s life
  • Improve leadership and communication skills

Goals of R.E.A.L. Early College Mentoring:

To create and develop relationships between the students in the R.E.A.L. Early College Program at Cleveland Heights High School with John Carroll University for the purpose of:

  • Enriching the educational experience of R.E.A.L. Early College students and John Carroll students;
  • Introducing R.E.A.L. Early College students to John Carroll University and college life;
  • Providing R.E.A.L. Early College students mentors who will support students’ participation in a challenging and rigorous academic program
  • Supporting R.E.A.L. Early College students taking courses on the John Carroll campus


Time Commitment

Students are required to participate in a training in the spring prior to the academic year in which they will mentor.  Training will combine online modules and in person sessions.  Mentors will then be matched with an Early College student and begin mentoring responsibilities the following fall.  Once the mentoring relationship begins in the fall, mentors can expect about 4 hours per month of commitment.  This includes email and phone communication time as well as in person meetings.  Mentor-mentee meetings are coordinated on an individual basis based on availability of both individuals. Mentors should plan on being involved with the program for a minimum of a full calendar year.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application
  • Interview with Coordinator
  • Letter of Recommendation [due at time of interview]
  • Background Check [completed after accepted as mentor]
  • Screening through National Sex Offender Registry [done by coordinator at time of interview]

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Questions or interested in learning more? Contact Hillary Fearer at earlycollege@jcu.edu.