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The Elmbrook Promise is the District’s commitment to offering students the opportunity to access 30 college credits before graduation. “We believe our top-tier curriculum and robust program offerings can help every student get a jump start on their post-secondary education and career interests,” said Dr. Amie Farley, Director of College, Career and Life Readiness. “Our students and families understand the value of the Elmbrook Promise and the potential to save thousands of dollars in tuition expenses while in high school.”

The Elmbrook Promise offers courses for college credit through an extensive list of Advanced Placement courses, on-campus dual credit courses, off-campus options through Dual Credit Academies, the Early College Credit Program, or Start College Now. College credit courses range from Firefighting to Teacher Methods to Accounting. “We will partner with any institution of higher learning willing to create opportunities for our students,” said Farley. 

During the 2022-2023 school year, students took 354 college courses through local colleges and chose from 25 dual credit courses and 25 AP courses on our campus, stressing the importance of student and family engagement with guidance counselors in each of the student’s four years of high school. “We believe students should be good consumers of their education by taking advantage of the opportunities they have while in Elmbrook,” said Dr. Farley. “In order to do this, they must be engaged in the planning process. Because the options available are so varied, the opportunity benefits all students regardless of their post-secondary plan.”

For the Class of 2023, 617 students (99%) took at least one college credit course. Added Dr. Farley, “The growth of our dual credit (university or college credit) and dual enrollment academy (technical college) offerings has gone up 49% in four year and has fueled interest in college courses by all students. College access in high school is no longer defined solely by Advanced Placement course participation.”

To encourage greater participation in college credit courses, we provide features and stories about our alumni and current students as they benefit from the District’s Promise and strive to Become What’s Next. Stories of the Elmbrook Promise can be found www.elmbrookschools.org/promise.

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