By Christine Cooke
Published on August 8, 2017

Next up in our You Got Schooled series is Itineris Early College High School. Itineris is a charter school with a unique approach to education – blending high school and college into one program – allowing students to earn up to two years of college credit by the time they graduate.

Itineris is unique not only for offering more college courses, but because the whole environment is catered to these higher education opportunities. Itineris offers a huge cost savings for coursework and follows the community college academic calendar.

During our visit, students were reading at tables or study nooks across the school while they waited for their next class to start. While about two-thirds of the students graduate with an associate degree, all the students get an early taste of post-secondary schooling.

Educators also have a unique experience. Teachers are often adjunct professors. They sit in a faculty room with individual desks for students to visit rather than staying in their classrooms. As a former public school teacher in Utah, it is not surprising to me that many teachers want to work in this environment. Itineris is not only rethinking education for students, it’s innovating the teaching profession.

Itineris gives students an important educational option – an opportunity to get a head start on college coursework and a test run in post-secondary skills. Many students are looking for this choice, and we believe they should have it.

From Itinieris Early College High School and Sutherland Institute, You Got Schooled.

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Christine is director of Sutherland Institute’s Center for Educational Progress. She is a member of the Utah State Bar, with a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a law degree from Arizona State University. She worked as an English teacher at a public school and a residential treatment center. She also worked with the Arizona Office of the Governor, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, Goldwater Institute, and The Heritage Foundation.

Christine is regularly featured in national, local and regional publications and radio shows. Christine is an appointed member of the state Competency Based Learning Review Committee. She also serves on the Greater Avenues Community Council. She loves music and making cookies.

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