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 year in which they will mentor. Each session will be 2 hours long and will span over 8 weeks. In addition, there will be other scheduled one-time events with mentees to begin building rapport and positive relationships. Students should plan on being involved with the program for a full calendar year.

Application Requirements:

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

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